Cold weather has finally descended on most of the country and Thanksgiving has come and gone, so the holiday season can’t be far behind! Which means the search for the perfect gift for everyone on your list has probably begun in earnest, too.
If you have a family member or friend who is a hunter, concealed carry holder or simply enjoys recreational shooting – a new firearm can be a fantastic gift idea. But we understand why consumers might be hesitant, since the gun they are purchasing won’t be “officially used” by them.
That’s probably why we hear this question so often this time of year: “Can I purchase a firearm as a gift for someone else?”
Let’s start by saying yes, it’s perfectly legal to buy a firearm as a gift – and the new owner doesn’t have to register it in his/her name after receiving it.
The buyer will have to complete a background check (Form 4473) at the time of purchase, and they will show as the owner on this document. However, it’s fine for them to “gift” the firearm to someone else.
There are a few basic rules to keep in mind. First, if you have reason to believe the person receiving the gift is prohibited from owning a firearm or ammunition, or will use it illegally, then obviously you should reconsider!
This also assumes you and the person receiving the gift live in the same state. If not, you can still gift a firearm but need to coordinate the transfer through a licensed (FFL) dealer.*
If you’re unsure exactly what type of firearm they would like best or simply want to avoid any potential concerns, you can always get a Shoot Point Blank gift card and let the lucky recipient choose for themselves!
OTHER GIFT IDEAS
If you’re looking for less expensive options – or ones that don’t require any paperwork or background checks, there are plenty of other great stocking stuffer gift ideas for the gun enthusiasts in your life.
Cleaning kits are well-appreciated by gun owners – you can’t have enough of them! Just make sure you get the right size, since some kits are designed for specific calibers while others are universal.
Another good gift idea is a range bag to carry all the gear needed when shooting, sometimes called a “tactical bag”. Bags come in many shapes and sizes; some are designed for carrying multiple firearms.
Fill the various pockets with an assortment of products used on the range like safety glasses, ear muffs or plugs, extra ammo or magazines. Once again, with these last two items make sure you’re purchasing the proper caliber/style for the gun in question. Other handy items you can include might be gun oil, a swiss army-style pocket knife or multi-tool, or extra targets.
Many guns have attachments that can be used to add accessories, such as lights, laser sights or a scope. We offer accessory mounting services if you go this route!
Our Range Bag Bundle is a great gift idea-now through Christmas- get a range bag, cleaning kit, eyes, ears, hat and 2 range passes for one low price! Visit any of our locations to purchase.
MEMBERSHIPS & CLASSES
An annual membership to a range is a great option for any avid shooters on your list, which usually pays for itself after 2 or 3 visits per month.
On the other end of the spectrum, for 1st time shooters learning the ropes we always recommend a lesson or two beforehand. Private lessons with an NRA instructor can be a great gift to someone who’s just getting started, like the spouse or significant other.
At Shoot Point Blank our philosophy is that ALL people should feel welcome at our facilities regardless of their age, gender or level of experience.
It doesn’t matter if you’re an old pro when it comes to firearms or never picked up a gun in your life – you’ll be comfortable at any of our locations. When you visit, you’ll see how we focus on fundamentals of firearm safety, education and of course fun!
We hope you’ll come see us at one of our many locations across the country, including our new Columbus indoor shooting range.
*Note that in some states (outside of SPB network of stores, such as CA or NY), ALL transfers need to be done through a licensed dealer, of which Shoot Point Blank is one. There are also minimum age requirements in many jurisdictions. As always, because firearm laws can vary from place to place, be sure of the rules in your area first.