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Old 01-27-2013, 04:30 AM   #1
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please excuse my lack of knowledge in the handgun/revolver area but did revolvers have to be registered or did they have some type of cataloging back in the 60s, 70s or 80s in order to own one legally or can you just buy it and walk out the store?

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Old 01-27-2013, 08:47 AM   #2
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please excuse my lack of knowledge in the handgun/revolver area but did revolvers have to be registered or did they have some type of cataloging back in the 60s, 70s or 80s in order to own one legally or can you just buy it and walk out the store?
If I'm understanding what you are asking, revolvers are handguns. Around here they fall under the same laws as Glocks and 1911s. Here in Florida we don't have firearm registration so I'm not 100% sure what you're asking. I hope this answers your question.
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The first revolver I bought I just paid for it and filled out a form similar to our form 4473 today. I was living in MS at the time. When I came of age handguns were regulated similar to the way long guns are regulated now, minus the background check. I won a pair of Colt Diamondbacks at the horse races as a trainer prize. I did not have to sign anything. The president of the LA racing commission just walked into the winners circle and handed me the guns. We took pictures for the media and that was all there was to it.

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Times were different before 1968.

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Those of us that were around during the dark days of the post 1963 ban everything has seen the real gun wars. From JFK,MLK,RFK etc. crimes raised the level of calls for gun control to a point never seen before. The push to ban rifle scopes and bolt action military rifles were not needed by deer hunters??
LBJ led the Liberal Democrats to carry on FDRs socialist agenda to disarm American citizens.

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As said- a revolver is a firearm, and is treated like any other handgun. Laws vary from one state to another- and those laws, as well as Federal laws, will apply.

Here in Virginia we HAVE no registration of any ordinary firearm, and no waiting period.. If I buy a rilfe, shotgun, pistol or revolver I fill out the dealer's record of sale (form 4473) and the State Police records check form. Dealer does a computer check, I pay dealer, take gun, leave.

I see you are in CA, so CA law will govern your buys. CA has a process to register handguns with CA dept of Justice, and you have a waiting period. Sorry.

PS- you MAY run across a scarce S&W 357 revolver referred to as a "Registered magnum". From the very early years of the .357 Mag- 1935-1940, you could register your revolver with S&W, gun got a special marking, you got a certificate, value of those is fairly high.

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Us OF's remember being able to walk into a store, buy a gun and walk out without paperwork except for a receipt. You could order a gun from Sears and all the shooting magazines had mail order dealers advertising. The post office would deliver your gun with no questions. Those days are long gone and the liberals have been nipping away at our 2nd Amendment rights one little bite at a time. If Obama gets his way, you will lose all of your guns including the "Hunting Rifles" and shotguns. Better take up archery or sling shots.
I dont know where you live since you did not put the info in your profile but if you are in one of the subject states I suggest you move to a free citizen state if at all possible. In Arizona I can walk into a gun store and walk out with a fire arm. I have to fill out the government paperwork but I have a ccw so I dont have to have a background check.

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>>Times were different before 1968<<

And I remember them well... fondly as a matter of fact!

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Thank you to all the replies so far. Let me reprase my question by adding something in, if someone who bought a handgun during those times and wanted to sell it, would there be any problems?

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California Firearms Code- see about page 37.

http://oag.ca.gov/sites/all/files/pdfs/firearms/forms/Cfl2007.pdf?


Would suggest you talk with a local dealer. If you need help finding a dealer, send me a private message, we can talk.

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