You just bought a gun, what do you do next? Do I have to register my gun like I would have to register a newly purchased car? If so, how do I register my gun?
What the law says
Some states require the registration of guns. However, neither the Federal Government nor Oklahoma law require an individual to register a newly-acquired gun. Oklahoma requires that an automobile be registered whenever the ownership of a car changes. However, those laws do not apply when ownership of a firearm changes. Although no gun registration is required in Oklahoma, does complying with a federal background check and filling out an ATF Form 4473 register the gun? No, Form 4473 is a firearm transaction record form and federal background check form, not a gun registration form. The data base does collect data as to the identity of the purchaser of a certain firearm, but does not register the gun to the purchaser.
A federal firearms licensed dealer must perform a background check on anyone who wishes to purchase a new or used gun from a FFL. A sale from a FFL with a background check does not create a gun registration.
Question: “Has the Coronavirus pandemic affected my state’s requirements when it comes to registering my firearm?”
In Oklahoma many things have changed after the CoronaVirus, pandemic of 2020, hit Oklahoma; however, the pandemic has not affected Oklahoma law nor requirements as to registration of firearms. There is no registration of firearms in Oklahoma. The topic is not a topic being discussed by the Governor.
If you purchase a gun through a private sale, it is always a good practice to have this private transaction documented with a bill of sale. Make sure the bill of sale contains the make, model, and the serial number of the purchased gun. Store the bill of sale in a safe location, such as a safe or safety deposit box. This will allow you to document the selling history if the gun turns out be stolen, or if there is a question as to the prior ownership of the gun.
If you have questions about registering your handgun contact U.S. LawShield and ask to speak to an Independent Program Attorney.
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