Is It Illegal to Buy a Gun for Someone Else in California?
At the Kosnett Law Firm, our Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys know that California has some of the nation’s strictest gun laws, which limit how gun permits are issued, and when and where our residents can carry guns.
Our Los Angeles County firearms defense lawyers also know that there are multiple tactics people use to circumvent our state’s stringent gun laws. That may include those who are violating state and federal laws that make it unlawful for certain persons to own and/or possess firearms.
Firearm-prohibiting categories may include those who have been convicted of a felony, someone who is subject to a Gun Violence Restraining Order, or any person who is found by a court to be a danger to himself, herself, or others because of a mental illness, to name a few.
If someone in these categories has another person buy a gun for him or her, it is called a “straw” purchase — and it is illegal.
What are the Penalties for a Straw Purchase in California?
Buying a gun for someone who is prohibited by law from possessing one is a federal crime.
An illegal firearm purchase can bring a felony conviction sentence of ten years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000.
Can You Buy a Gun as a Gift for a Friend or Family Member in California?
Yes. You may buy a friend or family member a gun as a gift IF the adult receiving the firearm is not in a prohibited category, and the firearm is legal to possess.
If the firearm is a handgun, the recipient must obtain a Handgun Safety Certificate before taking possession and must also submit a Report of Operation of Law or Intra-Familial Handgun Transaction and a $19 fee to the California Department of Justice within 30 days after taking possession.
Contact Our Skilled Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys to Discuss Your Case Today
If you are facing federal criminal charges for a straw purchase in California, contact our skilled Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys at the Kosnett Law Firm today by calling (310) 445-5900 or by contacting us online to review your unique circumstances and provide straightforward legal options on how we can help.