When it comes to gift giving, we are all anxious to share the things we enjoy with the people we love most. For many of us, that includes our favorite pastime—and the confidence and personal satisfaction that comes from owning a firearm. There’s no reason you can’t share your love of firearms with friends and family as a holiday gift, as long as you’re aware of a few simple rules. We’ll outline those here, but a Shoot Point Blank team member can help answer any questions you may have about your specific gift-giving needs.
The most important rule is the most obvious: be sure the intended recipient of the gift can legally own the firearm you are giving. That’s determined by a combination of Federal law and sometimes more restrictive state laws. No Federal law prevents you from giving a firearm as a gift to an appropriate recipient in your home state.
If you want to give a friend or family member a gun you already own, nothing prohibits that. Heirlooms are often handed down across generations as part of a great tradition of American gun ownership. A few states do require licensed transfers even within the family. Again, consult your local laws or check with a Shoot Point Blank team member. If the gun has been in the safe a while, it may also be a good idea to have it examined to make sure it’s clean and ready for safe use.
State and Federal transfer laws also apply to the gift of a gun to someone who lives in another state. See our earlier blog for details on completing a transfer. Out-of-state transfers always require a Federal Firearm Licensee (FFL). Shoot Point Blank can help you deliver your gift without any unnecessary complications.
A gift card can also be a great way of sharing your hobby! It means the lucky recipient can select the firearm that’s right for them in their own locale. Gift cards can also cover range time and ammunition—even more important when becoming proficient with a new firearm. In fact, including a Basic Firearms Training Course with a new firearm might be the best gift of all—one that says you really care about safe and responsible gun ownership.
Shoot Point Blank wishes all of you Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!