Originally Posted by F4U
I was at a gun show sunday and a guy that had a bunch of mosins was selling them 2 for $259. My friend and I thought this would be a good deal to go halves on but neither one of us had the cash on us then. This guy is at every show so we figured next month we look into this closer.
On the way home it occurred to me that if I hand him my half of the price or he hands me his half of the price and one or the other of us buys a pair this would technically be a straw purchase on the second rifle.
To be legal we would both have to fill out the form and do the background check.
Am I right about this or am I overthinking it?
Considering it's a gun show, meaning I'm sure it's pretty informal, just talk to the seller. He'd have to be a dick to not work something out with you and your buddy.
Explain your concerns and that you're friends, and offer to do two background checks for the packaged deal price, or for maybe just a few dollars more. Some places charge a transfer fee of about 20 bucks for private sales that need a transfer, so maybe offer a couple bucks extra for his time?. He'd probably be okay with it unless he suspects you're just two random guys that met each other there.
Other than that, the BATF essentially is supposed to be more concerned with those "engaging in the business" without a license. So if you buy two, then on the ride to the house you agree to sell one to your friend for what you bought it for, you should have nothing on your conscience.
Straw purchase laws are more to keep those who've had their gun rights taken away, from getting guns. They're not really intended to keep two buddies from getting a good deal on old milsurp rifles. BUT, enforcing that is open to interpretation.
I would buy the pair, then sell one to my buddy right in the parking lot.