Yesterday I traded some ammunition with an extremely nice young gentleman who was not yet 21. He has received his pistol purchase permits from the sheriff, but thus far has not bought any handguns. He is not allowed to purchase handguns from dealers until he turns 21 and cannot legally purchase ammunition for handguns until he turns 21. He told me he had a deal set up with a private individual and once the individual found out he was not 21 he refused to go through with the transaction.
Personally, I just don’t get it. North Carolina law allows those 18 years and old and older to possess and own a handgun. Federal law does not allow FFLs to sell and record the transactions for those less than 21. So he can purchase legally, but only from a private seller until he turns 21. What I really don’t get it someone not following through with the transaction when it is legal and he has all the required background checks from the sheriff. I wonder how many people live in fear of what may happen all the time. Surely the seller who backed out was ignorant of the law and felt he would have some problem down the road. I often see people talking about recording license numbers, addresses, sperm count, hand print of firstborn child, DNA analysis, etc. when neither the ATF nor the state require any records to be maintained. Why do so many people live in fear when they have not and are not breaking any law? Again, it just doesn’t make sense.
Ultimately the young man will have to have his father purchase the firearm for him as a gift to avoid all the hassle. Some might argue that is a straw purchase, but I don’t see it that way. Both parties can legally own the firearm and all that is required for a legal transfer to the son is the PPP (Pistol Purchase Permit) and an ID. It would be no different from a buddy calling me from across the state saying I found a great deal on a firearm, I tell him to pick it up and I will pay him when he gets back to the area and we go about it that way. The bottom line is no one should be afraid of dealing with someone over 18 provided they have the proper identification and a permit when required. No fear!