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How do I register old gun?

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Hi, I am new to the world of guns. I am looking to persue a job in law inforcment. I want to begin learning to shoot a gun. My father was a FBI agent. He passed away in 1986. In his belongings he had a 357. We put it in a safe deposit box were it has remained until now. I would like to learn how to shoot it. I do not know what I need to do to get it registered. Can someone give me some advise or information as to were I should start? THANKS!
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Depends a lot on where you are. State/Local laws are all over the place,
ranging from "you don't have to do anything, there is no registration" in
most of the country, to "you can't have the gun---it is forbidden, turn it
in." in some areas.

SO----where are you?
BillM is right. Check out this link to get an idea of the gun laws in your state. If you're in New York, New Jersey, California or some other state that keeps a very short leash on its citizens, you should talk to a Federal Firearms License-holder (FFL). You can probably arrange to have him or her take possession of the handgun and hold it for you until you get your permit. Then, the handgun can be transferred back to you.

Call a local gun shop or sporting goods store that sells firearms and ask to speak with an FFL.

Welcome to the forum, by the way. :)
Thank you for your response. I am AZ.
OK, you probably don't need a permit to own the handgun, but you probably do need a permit to carry it concealed. Call a local FFL and confirm this is true, then proceed with getting your permit (if you want to carry concealed).
I sugest you go to and use their dealer locator tool , many of the big shops would/will charge an outlandish fee even for something this simple "filling out a piece of paper" with GB's "tool" you might find a local guy who works out of his home and will take care of your needs for as little as $10 .

I have bought many guns online and have never paid more than $20 for a dealer to do the legal paper end of the sale yet I have seen posts from guys who have been told by places they wanted nearly $100 to do a simple NICS check "a 5 min phone call basically" .

Good Luck
Thank You. I Am In Az.

Excellent. If you are anywhere near Phoenix there are a bunch of ranges,
instructors etc. Scottsdale is good too. Heck--If I could I would move
there myself. The Phoenix/Mesa area is a hotbed of good IPSC matches,
and that is my personal addiction!

Probably a good place to start would be a basic handgun safety course.
Sounds like you have zero shooting experience?

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