Springfield XD Forum banner
1 - 20 of 23 Posts

· Registered
Joined
·
8 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hoping someone on here knows the laws before I start research digging. Here goes…

I’m in Alabama. Relation is (was) in Texas.

Brother in law passed away. Wife said get the guns outta here. She gave me 3 guns and all the ammo that goes with them. (2-.22, 1-XD 9M)
I’m back in Alabama with all the hardware but don’t know if I’m legal. Don’t know if they’re still in his name and if so, how to get them over in my name. A lot I don’t know right now, so looking for help. TIA
-les
 

· Registered
Joined
·
308 Posts
Welcome to the Forum, from SE Arizona

As far as your question is concerned. I don't know. I'm in AZ, and here a firearm can be transferred between relatives rather painlessly. But your situation is different. Between two States, which might involve a federal issue. It may be a good idea to contact your local LE (law enforcement). Some issues that may arise; Are you 'legal' to posses firearms. Were those firearms obtained legally, ect. It may also a good idea to look into the Alabama 'law' on transfers online. Anyway good luck and again, Welcome to the Forum

There are folks here from both Teexas, and Alabama that may offer insight.
 

· Administrator
Joined
·
22,724 Posts
Technically, they needed to go through an FFL. Usually only citizens of that state can sell/give firearms to other citizens of that state. When citizenship crosses a border, an FFL needs to be involved.
 
  • Like
Reactions: robert1952

· Registered
Joined
·
8 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Well, I found this, so I guess I’ll touch base with a local FFL and ask ‘now what’.

If you want to make a gift of a firearm to someone outside of your home state, you must take the firearm to an FFL and arrange to have it sent to an FFL in the gift receiver’s home state. Both the gift giver and the gift receiver will want to make sure this transaction happens through the proper channels of an FFL, even though there is no sale occurring. Both parties are guilty of a Federal Felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine if a direct transfer is made without using FFLs.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
308 Posts
Well, I found this, so I guess I’ll touch base with a local FFL and ask ‘now what’.

If you want to make a gift of a firearm to someone outside of your home state, you must take the firearm to an FFL and arrange to have it sent to an FFL in the gift receiver’s home state. Both the gift giver and the gift receiver will want to make sure this transaction happens through the proper channels of an FFL, even though there is no sale occurring. Both parties are guilty of a Federal Felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine if a direct transfer is made without using FFLs.
That's kind of how I figured it would be. But By you already having the guns in your possession. The above is a moot point in your case. Honestly I have no idea how you go about what legally needs to be done. Good Luck, Stay Safe, Get Legal
 

· Administrator
Joined
·
22,724 Posts
In his case, he already has possession of the guns in Alabama. Got them in Texas. What should he do to handle it now?
It’s already done. I wouldn’t worry about it. Just don’t make a habit of it.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
8 Posts
Discussion Starter · #11 ·
If your BIL bought those firearms in Texas, they aren't in anybody's name. Does Alabama have a requirement to register firearms. If not, there's your answer.
Legally they should have gone through an FFL, but that ship has sailed.
Alabama does not have a register requirement. Here, they just passed CC with few requirements. Just yesterday, to have a lawful CC card in reciprocal states, I applied for my CC card online, paid $100 for a 5 year permit, and picked up my Alabama CC permit in about 20 minutes. Not complicated.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
8 Posts
Discussion Starter · #12 ·
I appreciate everyone’s feedback so far. I’m still research digging. Ran across another blurb from an attorney’s site, specifically for TX. Screenshot below. Seems the minimum, since the ship sailed, is to have a bill-of-sale. Copies to sister-in-law and myself. Covers her if someone broke into my place, stole one, and used it in a crime. Also, will forgo FFL contact for reasons in prior posts.

Font Document Parallel Symmetry Number
 

· Registered
Joined
·
46 Posts
All handguns? Thought long guns could be transferred across state lines without using ffl if the recipient could legally possess.
That's my understanding as well, long guns are different and are good to go if the receiving party's state allows them to be owned.

Handguns from state to state should go through an FFL for the transaction to be above board, so to speak.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
17,848 Posts
Biggest question...are you able to legally own firearms? Had to throw that out there as devils advocate.
 
  • Like
Reactions: robert1952

· Registered
Joined
·
22 Posts
Hoping someone on here knows the laws before I start research digging. Here goes…

I’m in Alabama. Relation is (was) in Texas.

Brother in law passed away. Wife said get the guns outta here. She gave me 3 guns and all the ammo that goes with them. (2-.22, 1-XD 9M)
I’m back in Alabama with all the hardware but don’t know if I’m legal. Don’t know if they’re still in his name and if so, how to get them over in my name. A lot I don’t know right now, so looking for help. TIA
-les
Wow! Sounds like someone has been brainwashed into paranoia thinking all of our country has gone socialist/communist. I'm not an attorney from either Texas or Alabama, but from what I know, both States are still currently very 2nd Amendment friendly. I do not believe either State requires guns to be registered. As a betting man I'd say you're perfectly legal. Enjoy your new tools; especially that XD-9. I've had the 4" Service Model XD-9 since September 2007 and it's still a bundle of joy to shoot: very reliable, accurate and attractive piece.
 
1 - 20 of 23 Posts
Top