EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSGun Sales On-Line Regulations
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Reported by: Dave Benton
Videographer: Kenney Barnette
Web Producer: Dave Benton
Reported: Oct. 15, 2013 6:16 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 16, 2013 10:24 AM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
In light of the Greenup County teenager who found out about a gun for sale on-line and bought it illegally, what are the laws governing gun sales on-line for face to face?
Gun dealer Jeff Lockhart with Classic Jewelry & Pawn in Barboursville says, "If I'm selling a handgun to an individual from my personal collection, I have to take steps to ensure they're of legal age."
That was not the case last week when a gun owner agreed to sell a weapon to a 15 year old in Greenup County, Kentucky. If two adults make a gun transaction in the same state, there are no regulations. If it's a sale from state to state, there's a third party involved, which is a licensed dealer. It's not illegal selling a gun on-line as long as you follow federal laws.
According to the Gun Control Act of 1968, mailing a firearm is strictly regulated. The sale goes through a federal firearm licensed dealer, or a FFL.
Lockhart says, "The legal way, let's say to sell a gun from me to somebody in Kentucky is to transfer it to an FFL or meet that person at an FFL dealer, to have it transferred over. Inside the state, all you need is a bill of sale stating you sold the gun."
It's also illegal to sell guns on-line as your only source of income, unless you're a registered dealer.
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