Originally Posted by Willie Sutton
Hypothetical: I am going to "loan" you a firearm. For how long can we persuade a cop or DA that it was an actual loan and that I did not transfer it to you?
To take home and keep for a year? Uhh... no.
How about, "Yes."
As it happens, I work with a young man who recently obtained his carry permit. So did his wife. Neither of them has had much experience with firearms and they expressed an interest in getting in some range time to practice and get a feel for what's comfortable before spending money on one or more handguns they might soon decide aren't right for them.
The wife, in particular, is very slender, not very strong, and is greatly intimidated by centerfire handguns. But she shoots a .22 pretty well. I own a Ruger 22/45 that I dislike intensely and never use, so I offered to lend it to them for the wife to use as practice while she becomes more accustomed to shooting. Being generally law-abiding types, we agreed that the offer was contingent upon legality.
So I called the state agency that issues carry permits and runs the background checks for gun sales. I described the situation as exactly as I could, including that at the time I made the call the kids were still awaiting final approval and issuance of their permits. The state told me that once they had their permits I could legally lend them the firearm ... without transfer papers.
Of course, there are 49 other states out there.