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Shotgun Registration

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I don't normally post twice, but it looks like there are more shotgun users here than on the general hunting forum.

I am about to purchase a used shotgun from a friend of mine. I know you don't have to register a shotgun or have a permit or license to use one for purposes of hunting in the state of MN, but I'd like to get the gun registered and put in my name. Does anyone know what I'll need from my friend, and what I'll need to do to get this done?

Thanks!

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Gotta ask why?

I'd talk to a dealer or someone with a FFL if your determined to do it.

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An FFL holder uses a 4473 form and needs to keep it on hand for 20 years, a backgroud check if done with the FBI for all transfers,and then you are only given a transaction number for the check, not the gun. There is not an entity to register any firearms with other than that, unless you report mulitple handgun sales in a 5 day peroid or need to report lost or stolen firearms, which is reported to local law enforcement and the ATF. If you do sell to a private party I would make a bill of sale, including serial number, and maybe a copy of the buyers ID to keep with it. It you feel uncomfortable at all with the sale, DON'T DO IT!! As an FFL holder, I use the same standard, if I'm not 100% comfortable, no sale.

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SmilinBob,

I'm going to be buying the shotgun from a friend, not selling it to someone else. From the responses on the thread, it looks like I don't need to go anything but buy the gun.

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One thing to note. happened to one of my friends bought a gun at a resonable cost from a friend. only to later get checked by the dnr and find out the gun was stolen. i guess when the dnr checked them they ran the numbers off of the gun and siezed it. same friend this year needed a new gun to say the least and his girl friend bought him a new benelli nova camoflauge. went down to mankato to go hunting. stopped at a friends house to pick him up. went inside for no more then ten minutes and someone punched out his truck window and took gun and shells. nothing but bad luck for him this year

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I have purchased many used guns and have never transferred one. I have had my brother in law or a friend who works for the county police check out the serial number before I purchased it to make sure it was not a stolen gun though.

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Buying and selling with friends requires nothing, just write a good reciept in the event anything should ever come up.

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even with a receipt the guy wont get back his money if the gun is stolen and the dnr takes it. just have a any FFL or police officer to run the serial numbers. very quick to do and usually free of charge.

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