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    Default Lending a gun to a friend

    What are the laws around lending a handgun to someone? Specifically, if the person is over 21, is not a family member, and the person wants to borrow it with the statement of "it's just for while I stay in a residence that is not my own," is this a forbidden action?

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    Default Re: Lending a gun to a friend

    Quote Originally Posted by Overscore View Post
    What are the laws around lending a handgun to someone? Specifically, if the person is over 21, is not a family member, and the person wants to borrow it with the statement of "it's just for while I stay in a residence that is not my own," is this a forbidden action?
    Is the person legally prohibited from owning/possessing firearms?

    Is the person a PA resident?

    Will the "not my own residence" also be in PA?

    Does the person hold a PA LTCF?

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    Default Re: Lending a gun to a friend

    Quote Originally Posted by Overscore View Post
    What are the laws around lending a handgun to someone? Specifically, if the person is over 21, is not a family member, and the person wants to borrow it with the statement of "it's just for while I stay in a residence that is not my own," is this a forbidden action?
    Do they have a PA LTCF?

    § 6115. Loans on, or lending or giving firearms prohibited.

    (a) Offense defined.--No person shall make any loan secured by mortgage, deposit or pledge of a firearm,nor, except as provided in subsection (b), shall any person lend or give a firearmto another or otherwise deliver a firearm contrary to the provisions of this subchapter.

    (b) Exception.--

    (1) Subsection (a) shall not apply if any of the following apply:

    (i) The person who receives the firearm is licensed to carry a firearm under section 6109(relating to licenses).
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    I personally NEVER let a firearm of mine out of my sight ! If my friends and family wish to shoot one of mine I am physically in the presence of the firearms.In addition I always instruct the safe handling and familiarization of any one firearm to insure safe handling proceedures and safety ! JMO/MDT

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    Default Re: Lending a gun to a friend

    Interesting. This is purely a hypothetical, because I'm not in the business of lending guns out to people anyway (other than my brother, perhaps), but it sounds as though one could circumvent this by just selling the gun for $1 to the person, then buying it back later for $1.

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    Default Re: Lending a gun to a friend

    Quote Originally Posted by Overscore View Post
    Interesting. This is purely a hypothetical, because I'm not in the business of lending guns out to people anyway (other than my brother, perhaps), but it sounds as though one could circumvent this by just selling the gun for $1 to the person, then buying it back later for $1.
    So why does one pose hypothetical questions? Sure, you can sell it to your friend and transfer it to them through an FFL then get it back the same way.
    Sorry but I'm all out of pity right now, please try later.

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    Default Re: Lending a gun to a friend

    Quote Originally Posted by Overscore View Post
    Interesting. This is purely a hypothetical, because I'm not in the business of lending guns out to people anyway (other than my brother, perhaps), but it sounds as though one could circumvent this by just selling the gun for $1 to the person, then buying it back later for $1.
    Since this is a handgun it would have to be transferred through a FFL with background checks and FFL costs both ways.
    Sticks and stones will break my bones but hollow points expand on impact.

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    Default Re: Lending a gun to a friend

    Quote Originally Posted by Walleye Hunter View Post
    So why does one pose hypothetical questions? Sure, you can sell it to your friend and transfer it to them through an FFL then get it back the same way.
    Someone did ask me to borrow a gun, and I wanted to answer more than just "NO!"

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    Default Re: Lending a gun to a friend

    Quote Originally Posted by Overscore View Post
    "... it's just for while I stay in a residence that is not my own," is this a forbidden action?
    Is there a restraining order involved so he can't legally buy one for himself?
    IANAL. I don't give legal advice. I'm only stating my OPINION.
    (Did I really need to say that on an Internet forum? LOL)

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    Default Re: Lending a gun to a friend

    Quote Originally Posted by Overscore View Post
    Someone did ask me to borrow a gun, and I wanted to answer more than just "NO!"
    On occasion it just comes down to that a flat NO with no explanation ! Your not obligated to say anything more than NO !

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