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Hey Guy:
I purchased a used glock in new conditions, only shot twice and the guy realized that it was too much for him. I know that when you buy a firearm from a private party it doesn't have to be registered, a bill of sale is more than enough and not really necessary according to the law. Well my question is, what are the pros and the cons of registering a firearm ? Your opinions will be well appreciated.
 

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I'm not sure in which state you reside, but aren't "registrations" either mandatory or non-existant?

If you have any doubt as to the legitimacy of the guy from whom you purchase, a bill of sale is a good idea. You may also be able to check the serial number against a list of stolen weapons.

There is only one reason for firearm registration...to know where to come for confiscation. If you trust that the government where you live won't do what was done in California or New York City, for example, go ahead and get put on a list.
 

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Thank you. That info is very helpful.

I do have a bill of sale and the seller is a very close friend. But I still checked out the glock against the stolen weapon list and the result are good.
 

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Check not only the state laws, but the city/county laws as well.

I live in Clark County, Nevada, which contains Las Vegas and encompasses about a third of the state. While Nevada does not require registration of handguns, Clark County does.

Some say the requirement originated to give the police another tool to arrest mobsters in the early days of Las Vegas. Today, the mob is pretty low-profile, but the Clark County government sees the requirement as another way to keep their payroll up.

When you buy a new gun from a dealer, the dealer can complete the registration and issue your "blue card". A used gun is pretty easy to register and the process does give you an idea if the gun has been stolen, etc.
 

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As stated above, if you State has no laws requiring registration a bill of sale is all you need.
 

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Thanks for the link. My question was answered and I live in the sunny state of Florida.
 

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If you state law does not tell you to register then do not voluntarily register any hand gun for they will surely come for it one day.
 

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If you state law does not tell you to register then do not voluntarily register any hand gun for they will surely come for it one day.
If you are going to carry it for protection, and God forbid you have to use it, you may - I repeat may - end up getting even more grief in court. also, the BATFE is very good at tracking down firearms, so if they really want to, they probably will, regardless if you register it or not.
 

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Whether required or not...at least do a bill of sale..protection for both parties...
 
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