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Rules of giving guns as Christmas gifts

by Chris Oswalt | LocalNews8.com  |  Published on December 22, 2016

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – More gun background checks were conducted on Black Friday than on any other day in U.S. history, FBI statistics show. It is believed some of those gun purchases will likely be used as Christmas gifts.

“There are a series of questions that they have to fill out truthfully,” Guns & Gear General Manager Michael Loy said. “Then they have to sign at the bottom certifying that everything they said is correct.”

Loy said there is a very good reason for the increase in gun gifts and sales, and it is not political.

“The primary reason we are seeing an increase in gun sales, nationwide, is because there are people participating in the shooting sport than ever before,” Loy said. “We definitely saw an increase in people giving firearms as gifts this year.”

Those people who do make the gun purchase for someone else will be asked a series of questions. Loy said every question asked has to be signed off as true on federal documents by the purchaser.

Buying a gun as a gift comes with a host of moral, ethical and legal ramifications. For example, it is a crime to commit what’s called a “straw purchase” for someone who cannot legally own a firearm.

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