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Old December 1, 2010, 03:26 PM   #9
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By marriage and living in the US your wife is an immigrant alien, whether she has a green card or not. It is only non-immigrant aliens that cannot own firearms, and even they can under certain circumstances.
Not necessarily true. To bring your spouse into the US as an immigrant, you must file a petition with the embassy.

While that's in progress, she can apply for a non-immigrant visa. But since she's a Japanese citizen, she can enter the US as a non-immigrant anyway, under the Visa Waiver Program. Either way, as a non-immigrant alien, she can be in possession of firearms and ammunition if she has a valid hunting license issued from a US state. (There are other possible ways for non-immigrants to posses firearms but they are far-fetched, such as having a waiver from the US Attorney General for example).

Bear in mind that "possession" can be just living in a house where firearms are kept, or being in the same vehicle, so you will want to make sure your wife can legally posses any firearms you intend to buy.
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