In my state, the person who is buying the firearm is the one who it will be registered to. You cannot buy a firearm for someone else, for they must sign the form and be approved before the firearm can leave the store. If you live out of state, you can buy long guns all day long and ship it to your closest FFL dealer, but you cannot purchase a handgun. Don't understand the logic but it is what it is. To be on the safe side I would check the laws of your state to make sure before you act. it could save a lot of time, hassle, and embarassment.