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    Florida resident here. I am planning a trip to Colorado in the next month or so and wanna buy a shotgun while I'm there and I was wondering what restrictions apply for me? I've found a few private sellers I might want to purchase from; is it legal for me as a Florida resident to purchase a shotgun in Colorado? I'm 18 years old too, if it's important.

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    If you do not have a valid Colorado driver’s license, you can buy a long gun (rifle or shotgun), and take it with you. For handgun purchases, you could buy it but you would have to have the dealer transfer it to a dealer with a Federal Firearms License (FFL), in your home state and you could pick it up there. If you live in one of the neighboring states this is a fairly common occurrence and a simple procedure.
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    It is legal from a legal FFL, but not from a private party.
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    so, as a follow up: does anybody know if it's legal for me as an 18 year old to purchase a shotgun from an FFL if I reside in Florida instead of Colorado?
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    It has to be legal for both states. Florida recently changes some of their gun laws. I am not sure if you now need to be 21 to buy a long gun in Florida. IF so, then it is not legal for you to buy one in Colorado.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dissolvedgirl View Post
    so, as a follow up: does anybody know if it's legal for me as an 18 year old to purchase a shotgun from an FFL if I reside in Florida instead of Colorado?
    My understanding is that you can. If you want to be certain, ask the FFL who is transferring the shotgun to you. If you're buying from an individual, get that question answered before money changes hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dissolvedgirl View Post
    so, as a follow up: does anybody know if it's legal for me as an 18 year old to purchase a shotgun from an FFL if I reside in Florida instead of Colorado?
    #1 Never take legal advice from the internet. Especially about guns. The penalty for getting the wrong information can be very heavy. No one here would deliberately give you bad advice but the laws on guns from state to state are very different and it is hard to know the laws from one state let alone multiple states.

    Now having said that I shall proceed to dispense legal advice to you. I am NOT a lawyer. I am a random idiot posting on a forum full of gun nuts. Nothing more.

    #2 Lawyers are expensive and I don't think you need one for these questions.

    #3 Ask this question at your local gun store. They have to know FL gun laws because they work with them every day all day. Then get on the phone and ask the same question of a CO gun store. [ Google " Gun Stores near where the gun is for the phone number. ] They know CO laws like the FL gun shop knows FL laws.

    #4 I do not know how you will get from FL to CO and back, Plane, train, or automobile. Assuming what you want to do is lawful and you will be traveling by car you will also want to pick up a lockable case for your new shotgun. You may be traveling through states where what you want to do is NOT lawful. There is a federal law that will allow you to lawfully travel through these states, but the gun has to be in a locked compartment, unloaded, and completely separate from any ammo. [ Which just for grins and giggles should also be in a separate locked case. [ This shows complete compliance in case you get a highly motivated cop who does not like citizens having guns. ]

    #5 I do not know FL or CO laws on this but, in my state private transfers of long guns do not require the sale to be processed through an FFL. [ Gun Store ] However there is NO WAY IN HELL I would purchase any gun from any private person I do not know as a close [ and I mean really close ] family member with out going through an FFL.

    Odds are the person selling the gun is fully legit. Just some Joe or Jane selling something they no loner need or want. But the possibility exists that the gun is hot. Stolen or used in a crime or owned by someone who can not lawfully own a gun. If that is the case now you are now an accessory after the fact to what ever laws were broken, you can be charged as such and could loose your gun rights forever.

    Doing the transfer through an FFL eliminates all possibility of any criminal liability for you. It is iron clad proof of your intent to obey the law. It is proof that you are buying a lawful firearm, that it is lawful for you to own a fire arm, that the person selling the fire arm owns it lawfully. It is a CYA [ Cover Your Ass ] guaranteed by the ATF. Well worth the $35.00 or so it will cost to run the gun through the NCIS.

    #6 What ever the outcome of your questions, OBEY THE LAWS of both states. Even if they are unconstitutional and hateful to you. OBEY THEM!

    Now I have a question for you. If you intend to purchase this gun from an FFL in CO why not buy it from a FL gun store? [ sniff, sniff ]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Siplace View Post
    #1 Never take legal advice from the internet. Especially about guns. The penalty for getting the wrong information can be very heavy. No one here would deliberately give you bad advice but the laws on guns from state to state are very different and it is hard to know the laws from one state let alone multiple states.

    Now having said that I shall proceed to dispense legal advice to you. I am NOT a lawyer. I am a random idiot posting on a forum full of gun nuts. Nothing more.

    #2 Lawyers are expensive and I don't think you need one for these questions.

    #3 Ask this question at your local gun store. They have to know FL gun laws because they work with them every day all day. Then get on the phone and ask the same question of a CO gun store. [ Google " Gun Stores near where the gun is for the phone number. ] They know CO laws like the FL gun shop knows FL laws.

    #4 I do not know how you will get from FL to CO and back, Plane, train, or automobile. Assuming what you want to do is lawful and you will be traveling by car you will also want to pick up a lockable case for your new shotgun. You may be traveling through states where what you want to do is NOT lawful. There is a federal law that will allow you to lawfully travel through these states, but the gun has to be in a locked compartment, unloaded, and completely separate from any ammo. [ Which just for grins and giggles should also be in a separate locked case. [ This shows complete compliance in case you get a highly motivated cop who does not like citizens having guns. ]

    #5 I do not know FL or CO laws on this but, in my state private transfers of long guns do not require the sale to be processed through an FFL. [ Gun Store ] However there is NO WAY IN HELL I would purchase any gun from any private person I do not know as a close [ and I mean really close ] family member with out going through an FFL.

    Odds are the person selling the gun is fully legit. Just some Joe or Jane selling something they no loner need or want. But the possibility exists that the gun is hot. Stolen or used in a crime or owned by someone who can not lawfully own a gun. If that is the case now you are now an accessory after the fact to what ever laws were broken, you can be charged as such and could loose your gun rights forever.

    Doing the transfer through an FFL eliminates all possibility of any criminal liability for you. It is iron clad proof of your intent to obey the law. It is proof that you are buying a lawful firearm, that it is lawful for you to own a fire arm, that the person selling the fire arm owns it lawfully. It is a CYA [ Cover Your Ass ] guaranteed by the ATF. Well worth the $35.00 or so it will cost to run the gun through the NCIS.

    #6 What ever the outcome of your questions, OBEY THE LAWS of both states. Even if they are unconstitutional and hateful to you. OBEY THEM!

    Now I have a question for you. If you intend to purchase this gun from an FFL in CO why not buy it from a FL gun store? [ sniff, sniff ]


    first of all, thank you for taking the time to answer my question and in that extent - i really do appreciate it.

    i'm flying in but plan on coming back in car for a road trip, and i'm aware of the law requiring that the gun be stored in a locked container, etc. i have it all planned out, have friends coming with me who own guns and know what they're doing. i'm currently in the process of contacting both CO and FL gun stores but just wanted a second opinion, gun laws can get tricky and i want the most info i can get, even if i have to take it with a grain of salt.

    to answer your question, i just wanted to take the opportunity of this trip to buy a shotgun and go shooting/hunting somewhere nicer than FL, lol, and with friends who know more than I do. CO forests beat FL forests any day. plus if i bought the gun in FL i'd have to go through the trouble of dealing with the airport but driving back should be a simpler process.

    thank you again for your response!
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    When you get to CO the gun shop you deal with should know the law and won't sell it to you if they can't and will if they can. Easiest way to find out.
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    Sounds like you have it nailed!

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