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July 12, 2017

ATF Q&A: Firearms Transactions


Does ATF consider a family member picking up a pawned firearm for another family member a straw purchase?

No, under certain situations, family members may pick up a pawned firearm for a family member.  For example, ATF has held that a pawn ticket can be transferred to a family member or any other individual as long as it complies with all state and local laws.  If the person who pawned the firearm turns out to be a prohibited person, or is denied by NICS when they attempt to redeem the firearm, it is not lawful to return the pawned firearm to that person.