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Old February 19, 2009, 11:15 AM   #1
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C&R sale question

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I tend to be pretty good about reading and understanding legal regulations, but I have a question about C&R purchases that has me stumped.

Say that a hypothetical C&R licensee wants a couple of Mosin-Nagant M91/30s, and notices that some of the mail order houses offer discounts if he or she purchases 5 or more. However, this licensee doesn't want 5 rifles, he or she wants 2-3, but he or she has several buddies who are interested in having an M91/30. If that doesn't work out, there's a gun show coming up shortly, and this licensee lives in the glorious state of Texas, which has very few state-imposed restrictions on private sales.

Can this licensee buy 5 rifles and immediately sell them, assuming he/she logs them out in accordance to the regulations? Let's say that he/she will sell them for exactly the original purchase price, thereby assuring that he/she can't be accused of "operating a business".

Is this legit?

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Old February 19, 2009, 11:29 AM   #2
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I see no problem with what you describe.

Part of enhancing a collection is "culling". I have
done much of it over the years.

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Old February 19, 2009, 09:03 PM   #3
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One can't buy guns for the purpose of selling / giving them to friends (called a straw purchase) but one can buy 5 mosins, pick out the ones that are best for his/her collection, and cull the rest to recoup money to perhaps improve his/her collection. Just make sure your focus and intent is on the "collection" and not supplying guns to friends.
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Old February 19, 2009, 10:02 PM   #4
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What Noelf said. You have to take the rifles that are best for yourself to improve your collection. I am thinking about doing the same with some 1916 Spanish Mausers.
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Old February 20, 2009, 09:34 AM   #5
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It's not me. It's a hypothetical third party.
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Old February 20, 2009, 03:26 PM   #6
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OK, let me play hypothetical BATFE agent.

Here is a guy who buys five rifles, with the clear intent of selling all but one. He may have told his buddies that he will get them rifles on his license and may have even taken a deposit. His intent was obviously to buy for the purpose of resale, and he even had his customers lined up. Even if he made no real money on the deal, I think I can make a case that he is an unlicensed dealer, in spite of his claims that he was "culling" his collection.

Now here is another guy who buys five rifles, and then later sells one or more over a period of several months or a year, I probably won't worry as long as he kept the proper records. It would be hard to prove purchase with intent to sell or that he derived any substantial income from the transactions.

One more point, though. If a person buys five handguns under his C&R license, sells four and all four turn up at crime scenes a week later, I just might not buy a "culling the collection" excuse. I will try to nail the guy now before any more of his "collection" turns up in the hands of bad guys.

Just hypothetical, of course.

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