Tips For Gifting Someone a Firearm

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It may not be anywhere close to Christmas yet, but you already have a list and you’re checking it twice. Whether you’re thinking of getting that hunter in your life a new shotgun, or a carry gun for someone who just got a Right-to-Carry permit, firearms are still a very popular gift item. For those who have never gifted a gun before, it may seem as simple as going to a store and picking one up.

Stop. Hold. Wait a second. Before you set foot in the gun store, there are some things to consider. In this part of our Buying and Selling a Firearm series, we’ll discuss the process of giving firearms as a gift. You might want to familiarize yourself with other basics, such as background checks, private sales, and gun shows:

Giving someone a firearm carries a certain level of legal responsibility that does not come with gifting iPads or socks. You should know the laws that apply to buying firearms as gifts for another person.

First things first, if you have reasonable cause to believe the person you’re gifting a firearm to is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition, or that the person will use the firearm in a crime, you are committing a felony. Don’t do this.

So, you’ve done your research, and are ready to purchase the firearm. Now how do you actually give your intended recipient their gift? Well, if you are in the same state, you could just hand it to them yourself. There’s no national law that prevents someone from giving firearms to a friend or family member in the same state, but there are plenty of state laws regarding it. For example, states such as California, New York, and Colorado require you to transfer the firearm through a local firearms retailer or FFL, where a background check will be conducted on the person you want to give the gun to. In some states, even the transfer of an old family heirloom can require going through an FFL. You can check up on a comprehensive list of state laws at the NRA-ILA website here.


However, if you want to give a firearm to someone who lives in another state, you are required to go through an FFL. Transfers between non-FFL residents of different states cannot be done any other way. Above all, make sure to consult all applicable state laws but reviewing the NRA-ILA website before you give someone a firearm.

So now your friend or family member has their gift – they’re super pleased about it and more than grateful – yet you ask yourself who actually owns the firearm? On the ATF Form 4473 that you filled out when purchasing the firearm from the FFL, you should have checked “yes” to the question, “Are you the actual transferee/buyer of the firearm listed on this form?” If you, the buyer, are buying the firearm with your own money, not at the request of the other person, with the intention of giving the gun as a gift – you are the buyer. Even if you are not keeping the gun, you are the owner of that firearm until you legally transfer it to the intended recipient. This satisfies federal laws, but state and local laws may impose tighter restrictions. And of course, in all cases it is illegal to transfer a firearm to a person knowing or having reasonable cause to believe the person is prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition, or that person will use the firearm in a crime. All these are offense with severe prison sentences and heavy fines.

The ATF recommends that if you want to gift someone a firearm, you should purchase a gift card at the store instead. This way, they’ll get the exact gun they want, there will be no legal issues stemming from your purchase, and it can still be a surprise. However, unwrapping a gift card is far less climatic than a real firearm.

To learn more about state and federal firearm laws, visit The NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action website has a detailed list of laws and regulations for every state, as well as up-to-date news on firearm-related issues. If you’re curious about how to transport your guns across state lines, or in what establishments you can carry a concealed firearm, the NRA-ILA website will offer a wealth of information.

How Do You Properly Dispose Of Bad Ammunition?

How Do You Get Rid Of Bad Ammunition?

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All firearms enthusiasts eventually come across bullets that just won’t fire or corroded ammunition they don’t want to risk shooting. We doubt you want to start stockpiling bad ammo, so how can you get rid of it?

The internet is flush with recommendations on what to do with bad ammunition, but not all of that advice is environmentally friendly, or legal. Below are five methods we recommend to make sure you part ways with ammunition properly.

Contact Your Local Police

For ammo you don’t want anymore and especially for corroded ammo, call your local police non-emergency number and let them know you want to dispose of it. They’ll send an officer out to pick it up or can share an alternative method if it’s just a couple rounds.

Recycle It

If it’s just dud ammunition that wouldn’t fire, you could always opt to recycle it. Home reloaders have been doing this for ages and this could be your first taste of a fun and money-saving hobby. Get a cheap tool called a kinetic puller and effortlessly disassemble the round, leaving you with a re-usable bullet and cartridge (If you want, you can dump the powder in your garden as fertilizer – we’re not joking) Alternatively, if you don’t want to recycle the round but know a reloader, they might be happy to take the ammunition off your hands.

Hazardous Waste Drop-off

You can’t normally take ammunition to a disposal center, but most do conduct semi-regular hazardous waste drop-offs. Be sure to call and make sure they’re accepting ammunition before you pull up, though.

Bring It To The Range

Don’t worry, we aren’t advocating you go shoot your bad ammunition. Most ranges have a container for dud rounds and arrange collections with local law enforcement or recycling companies. If you ask politely, they may let you leave your bad ammo for the next pick-up.

Call A Gun Store

Like ranges, gun stores handle a lot of ammunition. Call a local shop to see if they accept people’s bad ammo or, if it’s recyclable, know any any reloaders who would want to take it.

Whichever method you go with, properly disposing of ammunition benefits the wellbeing of you, others, the environment, and the reputation of shooters across the country. Local and state laws do vary on proper procedures, so remember to check first if you have any questions.

5 Apps For Gun Owners You Need To Download

Originally posted on NRABlog

Mobile Apps are the way of the future, simplifying life by placing all the information you need right at your fingertips.

With that being said, new apps are surfacing every day, making it more and more difficult to sift through the junk to get to the treasures. We have found a few that have the potential to make the everyday gun owner’s life a little easier!

Whether you need assistance at the range, or information about local gun laws, these apps will be great additions to your life.

CCW — Concealed Carry 50 State

This application is great for empowering any concealed or open carry permit holder and even those that may want to lawfully carry/transport a firearm in any state. With all the information provided in one convenient location, it makes it simple to follow gun laws in each state and in every instance. It is able to do so with an easy-to-use “User Interface” that will make you aware of laws that are updated frequently.

You will be able to review information direct from the state governments and law enforcement authorities such as State Statutes for each state, Direct Reciprocity Information, CCW Application forms, State FAQs, etc. Accompanying all of that information will be links so you can dig deeper into your chosen topic.

Interactive state maps are also provided, allowing you to click on any state to see details such as: All the states recognizing a specific permit, all the permits that a specific state allows, state map of type of permit available, map of states recognizing your permits.

Download for iOS or Android

Posted! Carry List Anti – Gun Locations

This application is something every gun owner needs. Its purpose is for the legal and conscientious concealed carry license holder to know where they cannot legally carry before they make plans.

A licensed permit holder or a resident of a constitutional carry state can usually legally carry their firearm in any location other than statutory “no carry” locations such as schools, Gov. Buildings and in businesses that are posted prohibiting firearms. This provides a list of those Posted Anti-Gun businesses.

Before making hotel accommodations, dinner reservations or plans for a night on the town, check this app to ensure you won’t have to disarm in the parking lot or return home if you do not have a place to safely store your firearm. If you know beforehand, you can avoid the places that prohibit carry, or you can leave your firearm at home if you must attend.

You may also want to add pro-gun alternatives that do not prohibit carry so you can search for pro-gun substitutes to the anti-gun businesses and easily add new ones to the list every time you experience firearm-friendly service.

You are also encouraged to take action if you so choose. With this app you can call or email a listed business to let them know your opinion!

Download for iOS or Android

Make Ready – The shot timer with a voice

This is an effective, cheap training tool that will help you improve your performance while practicing at the range. It’s almost like having a Range Officer in your pocket!

With Make Ready you can choose between spoken range commands, immediate or delayed start and you can practice whenever you like! You can even use it for dry fire practice when you can’t make it to the range.

So get your firearm and set a par-time to see if you can complete your drill before it expires!

They do have a FREE option for those who want to try it before purchasing. If that sounds even better give ‘Make Ready Lite’ a try.

Download for iOS

The Shooting Club

With shooting sports growing at such a rapid pace, it is only natural for an app like The Shooting Club to surface.

It is the first social shooting experience where you can find a local shooting range, improve your firearm safety and marksmanship, connect with shooters everywhere and win cash and prizes. Best of all, all skill levels are welcome!

This app makes it so easy to connect with your friends who shoot and see their skill level/current competition score.

Not to mention you can see archive images of all the targets you’ve shot to date, allowing you to see your timeline of progression.

Download for iOS or Android


Stay up to date with the official NRA-ILA app for National Rifle Association members and allies. Get all the latest information on Second Amendment rights, legislation’s and policies. Connect and discuss with fellow activists, as well as lobby your elected officials and urge them to support your right to bear arms, due process, etc.

Download for iOS or Android

Tips for Buying & Selling a Firearm Privately

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Continuing with our series on buying and selling firearms, in this article we are going to talk about private sales. In our last post, we explained FFLs and background checks, so we already covered how buying firearms from a gun shop works, but what about private sales?

Say you have an old gun you want to sell, or maybe you know someone who’s willing to sell you a firearm that you’ve wanted for ages—like perhaps the coveted Colt Anaconda or Marlin 336. How would you go about completing the transaction? Is there some sort of license you need to get, or somebody you need to clear with before exchanging firearms and money?

In general, people who make the occasional sale, exchange, or gifting of a firearm are not required to have a Federal Firearms License (FFL), which gun shop owners need, however, they are still required to know and abide by local, state, and federal laws.

There are many things to consider when dealing with private sales, and the first is if it is legal in your state. Not all states allow private sales, and some have certain restrictions that you should be aware of. For example, in California private sales must be completed through licensed firearm dealers. Connecticut requires the person making the transfer to get an authorization number before such sales can be completed, and forbids the transfer of long guns unless certain conditions are met. A number of other states have similar restrictions. It is also illegal to sell a firearm to a resident of another state without going through a dealer, and sellers cannot ship directly to (non-FFL) buyers in another state. Selling to convicted felons and any other prohibited purchaser is illegal as well.

To find out what laws your state has, you can visit, which has a detailed state-by-state breakdown. Check out the sections under “Purchase.”

Private gun sales are widely supported by Second Amendment advocates, who view it as a bedrock principle in American gun ownership. It is also important to note that gun control groups widely oppose private transfers and in recent years have been pushing to either to bring them within the umbrella of “universal” background checks, or ban them outright. Gun rights groups such as the NRA have long fought these attempts on the basis that prohibiting private sales would greatly hinder the constitutional rights of gun owners, while not likely reducing crime. According to the NRA, most firearms used in crimes are obtained by theft; illegal, “off-paper” transactions; or straw purchasers.

For example, in 1991, California famously banned private sales of handguns in response to an escalation of drug-related crimes. However, experts say that the escalation of crime in the early 1990s was mostly accounted for by juveniles, who are already prohibited from buying or possessing handguns.

Private sales also account for only a small amount of gun purchases in the United States. However, if you want to sell that old rifle or perhaps add another firearm to your collection, it is not as complicated as it seems. Just make sure you understand the applicable laws.

To learn more about your state’s laws on private sales of firearms, visit

Gun Range Etiquette & General Safety

Gun Range Safety & General Etiquette

by Elizabeth D. Hellmann – NRAFamily.Org

What you need to know before you hit the range.

Practicing good gun range etiquette isn’t just good manners—it’s good sense! Gun range etiquette is a blend of common sense, courtesy and safety. A day at the range is fun, and good gun range etiquette makes it even better.

Most clubs and ranges require shooters to attend a safety class prior to using the range. This certifies that you’ve read and understand the NRA Basic Rules of Gun Safety and the specific rules that apply at the range you’re using. Remember that there may be other gun safety rules that are enforced on your range, but these three rules are ALWAYS appropriate, no matter where you are:

1. ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
2. ALWAYS keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
3. ALWAYS keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.

Most ranges have Range Safety Officers (RSOs, also known as Range Masters) whose job is to supervise shooters, to enforce the rules and regulations of their ranges, and to handle any problems that may occur. Pay attention to the RSOs, who will tell you what to do in case of an emergency. Remember that the Range Safety Officer has absolute authority on the range.Compliance with his or her instructions is mandatory.

When you arrive at a range, introduce yourself to the RSO and let him/her know if this is your first visit to the range. The RSO will tell you what you need to know before you set up your gear.

Know the basic range commands, and learn other commands that are used at your range. If you don’t understand what they mean, ask the Range Safety Officer. He or she will be happy to explain it to you. Remember that asking questions is a sign of intelligence and maturity.

Two of the most common range commands are Ceasefire and Commence Firing, although sometimes it is said differently. Instead of “ceasefire,” some ranges are using the words, “Stop shooting!” and instead of “Commence Firing,” some are using the phrase, “You may begin shooting.” This is because we want our instructions to be as clear and as easy to understand as possible.

Ceasefires are used whenever all shooting must stop, whether it is because time’s up or because a potential problem has arisen. Whenever the RSO’s attention must be away from the firing line, he or she will call a ceasefire. Whenever someone needs to go downrange for any reason, a ceasefire is called. Ceasefires are also called when it’s time to post, change or retrieve targets.

However, the RSO is not the only person who can call a ceasefire. Anyone who spots a potential problem should call “Ceasefire!” The RSO will repeat the words and see to it that all firing stops immediately. If you aren’t sure what’s happening, it’s okay to call a ceasefire. It’s better to call a ceasefire and be safe than not to call one and be sorry.

Ceasefires are used in all kinds of situations—not just when it’s time to change, post or retrieve targets. Perhaps a person has inadvertently wandered out onto the firing range, or perhaps a shooter in the point next to you has become ill. It’s your duty to call a ceasefire so that the RSO can take control of the situation and provide a solution or direct others to provide assistance if necessary.

During a ceasefire, there should be no handling of firearms. The key things to remember are:

1. Chamber is empty and ammunition source (magazine) is removed.2. Action is open.3. Hands off!4. Step away from the firing line.

Before anyone goes downrange, the RSO will do a visual check to see that everyone has stepped away from the firing line, and then ask, “Is everyone clear?”  Everyone else on the line should also make this visual check, because safety is everyone’s responsibility.

Clear means that all shooters have made their firearms safe, that no one has a gun in his/her hand, and that there will be no handling of firearms until permission is given. Then, and ONLY then, may anyone go downrange.

When the ceasefire is over, the RSO will ensure that no one is downrange before stating, “The range is going hot.”  This alerts everyone that the range is shifting from a ceasefire, but it doesn’t mean that shooting may begin. You must wait until the “commence firing” command has been given before you can shoot.

Commence Firing is the command given that tells everyone it’s safe to shoot. That doesn’t mean you start blazing away. It means that when you are ready, you may shoot your gun. These are two of the sweetest words a shooter will hear.

Remember, safety is everyone’s job. You are responsible for your own safety, the safety of others and for the behavior of your guests. If you see that someone else isn’t following the rules, you should leave the range. Go to a safe place and report the situationas soon as possible to the authorities.

A few other rules of Good Gun Range Etiquette are:

1. Do not fire at posts, supports or target frames. These are expensive and time-consuming to replace.

2. Shoot only range-approved targets. Check with your range to find out what types of targets are allowed. Some ranges allow only approved paper, cardboard, club-furnished metal targets and clay targets.

3. If you set out target frames to support your targets before you started shooting, you will need to return them to the storage area once you are done.

4. If your club or range allows pets, keep them on leashes or under control at all times. Give careful consideration to bringing a pet to a shooting range. Remember that shooting may hurt your pet’s hearing the same way it may hurt yours. Pets that scavenge (eat things that may or may not be food) should not come to a shooting range with you. Be aware that pets unused to gunfire might panic on a range.

5. It’s good etiquette to leave the range better than you found it. Picking up trash, cleaning your firing station, and obeying all of the range rules are not only good gun range etiquette—they’re good manners!


The License To Carry formerly known as a Concealed Handgun License is commonly referred to as a gun permit, concealed carry license, CCW, concealed carry, handgun license, handgun permit was changed to License To Carry on January 1,2016.

There are many myths out there about handguns and the LICENSE TO CARRY, our job is tell you what the laws and facts are and put any myths to rest during class, so you know the truth. We believe in paying special attention to handgun safety and Situational Awareness, to help teach students how to avoid situations.

Be sure to visit our class schedule page to sign up for our next license to carry class.

For questions please feel free to contact us at 817-247-2990.

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Child Gun Safety – Two Kids Shot at Ft Worth Chuck E. Cheese

This is tragedy is very sad, since it could have been prevented had the owner of the handgun practiced gun safety. The law in Texas says to secure your gun at all times. Texas defines securing your gun in the following way ” to properly secure your firearm it must be stored in such a way that only those intended to have access to it, can gain access to it.

Practicing good gun safety could have prevented this tragedy.  If you are going to own a gun ALWAYS practice gun safety. If you have children teach them gun safety , if you are unsure of when and how teach them gun safety, contact the NRA they have several counselors who can help.


FORT WORTH, Texas – Two children were accidentally shot outside of a Chuck E. Cheese, Fort Worth police say.

The shooting happened Friday afternoon just before 6 p.m. in the parking lot of the Chuck E. Cheese on Southwest Loop 820.

Police say two 3-year-old boys came out of the Chuck E. Cheese and went to their SUV ahead of their parents. When the boys opened the door, they picked up a .380-caliber pistol that either fell out or was found in the side compartment.

The child who found the handgun accidentally shot himself in the hand, and the same bullet hit the other child in the back, a police spokesperson said.

Both of the kids were rushed to the hospital. One child had serious but non-life threatening injuries. The other child only had minor injuries.

Police say this is the second day in a row they’ve dealt with a case involving young children finding a gun and shooting it.

“As we’ve seen in the last two days, we’ve had some very fortunate families to have their loved ones around,” said Fort Worth Police Sgt. Mark Povero. “It could’ve been much worse. We could be talking about deceased children.”

A separate incident happened Thursday morning at the Chesnut Ridge Apartments where a 5-year old found a gun on a dresser and shot himself in the hand. That child also survived.

Fort Worth Police Crimes Against Children Unit is investigating. Police say the boy who was shot in the back has a long road of recovery ahead of him and is not out of the woods just

Texas License To Carry – March 2017 Class Schedule

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