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Gifting Guns Requires A Gift Card

Problem: The buyer of the gun must also be the person to complete the Transfer Form 4473.
The rules are simple. The buyer is the person who must sign the ATF form 4473. If you are buying a gun and having a friend or family member pick it up at an FFL then there is only one good way to do that properly. But you must understand the exemption to this rule.

11. a. Are you the actual transferee/buyer of the firearm(s) listed on this form. Warning: You are not the actual buyer if you are acquiring the firearm(s) on behalf of another person. If you are not the actual buyer, the dealer cannot transfer the firearm(s) to you. See Instructions for Question 11.a.)
The main purpose of this is to prevent "Straw Buyers" from paying someone to purchase a gun for them to avoid registration. However; this is the government and there is an exception:

Question 11.a.
Page 4 of 6 Reads... Actual Transferee/Buyer: For purposes of this form, you are the actual transferee/buyer if you are purchasing the firearm for yourself or otherwise acquiring the firearm for yourself (e.g., redeeming the firearm from pawn/retrieving it from consignment, firearm raffle winner). You are also the actual transferee/buyer if you are legitimately purchasing the firearm as a gift for a third party.
Gift Cards transfer funds to the transferee/buyer. The gift card is what is purchased by the giver, not the gun. This way the firearm purchase invoice shows that the buyer and receiver are the same person.
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