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Old 09-07-2015, 07:19 AM
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Someone I know asked me it they can buy a handgun in Florida for their house. Not to carry. No interest in a shotgun or rifle.

The law says:

Requirements to Purchase a Handgun in the State of Florida
Persons must be 21 years of age and a resident of Florida to purchase a handgun in Florida.


This person owns a house in florida and a car registered in Florida. However he is a part timer and his full time (more than six months is in another state). Does his home ownership make him enough of a resident to buy a handgun or is he out of luck.
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I'm sure the issuing state of his driver's license will be the determining factor.
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Just maybe, this friend should not own a gun. If splitting hairs on being a resident, then what will they do if a situation comes up that requires a gun?
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Just maybe, this friend should not own a gun. If splitting hairs on being a resident, then what will they do if a situation comes up that requires a gun?
I have no idea as to what you are saying. He just wanted to know if home ownership was good enough to purchase a handgun in Florida. I never said anything about splitting hairs or the firearms competence of the person.
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I'm sure the issuing state of his driver's license will be the determining factor.
This is correct. When buying a gun in Florida, they made a copy of my drivers license....didn't ask to see my tax bill, electric bill or any other document verifying residency status. He can always buy the gun that he holds a drivers license in and then transport the gun to Florida (as long as it's transported properly).
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Originally Posted by runabout View Post
This is correct. When buying a gun in Florida, they made a copy of my drivers license....didn't ask to see my tax bill, electric bill or any other document verifying residency status. He can always buy the gun that he holds a drivers license in and then transport the gun to Florida (as long as it's transported properly).
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I think you are probably correct about being a full time resident is a requirement. However I can't believe that having a FL driver's license is a requirement. If someone chooses not to have a driver's license there would be no reason to deny them a handgun if they could document who they are and where they live.
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If it were me, and I weren't sure, I would likely go to National Armory on Atlantic and ask the guys there. They're very nice -- and know their stuff.

Being a "resident" and being a "full time resident" are not the same thing.

I believe, but could be mistaken, if I lived in NJ and I had a home here in FL, I would be permitted to have said gun in my domicile in FL for protection.

There are many ways to "prove" residency... and based on what Joe posted, it doesn't imply that you need "full time" residency.

Again... the guys at National Armory are good start.
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If you have an out of state DL and live in Fla, Fla expects you to get a Fla DL within a certain time. De facto "residency" is established by holding that state's DL. So if he has a Fla DL, good to go. If from some other state, the gun buy is going to be complicated.
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Originally Posted by OldPete View Post
If it were me, and I weren't sure, I would likely go to National Armory on Atlantic and ask the guys there. They're very nice -- and know their stuff.

Being a "resident" and being a "full time resident" are not the same thing.

I believe, but could be mistaken, if I lived in NJ and I had a home here in FL, I would be permitted to have said gun in my domicile in FL for protection.

There are many ways to "prove" residency... and based on what Joe posted, it doesn't imply that you need "full time" residency.

Again... the guys at National Armory are good start.
Thanks Pete. He is allowed to buy a gun if he brings in the car registration and tax bill of the house according to the people at National Armory. They will sell him one.
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Originally Posted by joe.giuliano View Post
Thanks Pete. He is allowed to buy a gun if he brings in the car registration and tax bill of the house according to the people at National Armory. They will sell him one.
That would be good enough for me, right there.

I use their range (just went with my wife a few weeks ago)... and every time I've been there, they always seem on the up-and-up.

Sounds like the problem is solved.
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Originally Posted by OldPete View Post
That would be good enough for me, right there.

I use their range (just went with my wife a few weeks ago)... and every time I've been there, they always seem on the up-and-up.

Sounds like the problem is solved.
Next time you go let us know. It has been too long.
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Originally Posted by joe.giuliano View Post
Next time you go let us know. It has been too long.
Absolutely! They've had two decent deals on Groupon for some time now (A two person deal and a four person deal)... they give you the gun, ammo, targets, eyes, ears...) It's not that bad. The only thing they sort of "get" you on is if you want to buy more ammo. (which we did)... I wonder if you can do the Groupon deal and bring your own ammo...

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To buy a hand gun you must be a resident of the state your buying it in ! Go ask an FFL dealer
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Originally Posted by ladyjane View Post
To buy a hand gun you must be a resident of the state your buying it in ! Go ask an FFL dealer
I did. See my response above.
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Originally Posted by joe.giuliano View Post
I did. See my response above.
So he is a legal fulltime resident of the state he is purchasing thru
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Originally Posted by ladyjane View Post
So he is a legal fulltime resident of the state he is purchasing thru
No he is not. Please read the above posts. The Florida dealer I spoke with today said he would sell him a gun if he brought in his proof of owning a house here, the tax receipt and his Florida car registration. Waiting period would apply.
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Originally Posted by joe.giuliano View Post
No he is not. Please read the above posts. The Florida dealer I spoke with today said he would sell him a gun if he brought in his proof of owning a house here, the tax receipt and his Florida car registration. Waiting period would apply.
I have never heard of a person buying a hand gun in a state that they were not legal that there is news to me . I have been to many states and that is not allowed BTW always was told to produce a drivers license no other form I thought this was a fed thing . I will call my FFL dealer to find out what he says
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Originally Posted by joe.giuliano View Post
Thanks Pete. He is allowed to buy a gun if he brings in the car registration and tax bill of the house according to the people at National Armory. They will sell him one.
The person at national armory is Wrong ,

The law states that a person must be 21 years of age and A Resident of the state.

Owning an autobile or land does not make anyone a RESIDENT.

Selling a non resident a handgun could cost them their FFL.
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Originally Posted by jpcanning View Post
The person at national armory is Wrong ,

The law states that a person must be 21 years of age and A Resident of the state.

Owning an autobile or land does not make anyone a RESIDENT.

Selling a non resident a handgun could cost them their FFL.
That is my understanding of the law and it goes for all the states
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