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How do let under age people use/own guns?
« on: November 06, 2021, 10:42:42 AM »
Hi There,
 I'm asking for info on how I can help my 14 year old neighbor (Basically my nephew but not blood related) get a shotgun? He's very much into hunting and I'm as well though I have no experience with hunting. We are going to go goose hunting and rather than share my gun I was thinking I could buy one and gift it to him, or just let him use it. I don't have kids so I'm not sure how this would work. Can I even let him use one of my guns for hunting? I've been googling but there's a lot of conflicting information out there. We live in Washington. Thanks for any info that would help.
Cameron

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Re: How do let under age people use/own guns?
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2021, 10:47:01 AM »
You buy it, its registered to you, you gift/sell once he can leagally own it himself ( 18? ).  Until then, so long as youre with him, he can hunt with it, provided hes met hunter education guidelines.  Thats how I understand it.

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Re: How do let under age people use/own guns?
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2021, 11:08:35 AM »
Here is the exception that allows temporary transfer of a firearm to someone under age 18:

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(iv) to a person who is under eighteen years of age for lawful hunting, sporting, or educational purposes while under the direct supervision and control of a responsible adult who is not prohibited from possessing firearms

https://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=9.41.113

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Re: How do let under age people use/own guns?
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2021, 11:10:12 AM »
Find and read I594 that will answer your questions.
Section 3
Exceptions to gun transfers under subsection (4)

Don't trust strangers online to give you legal advice on gun laws.

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Re: How do let under age people use/own guns?
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2021, 11:31:18 AM »
Find and read I594 that will answer your questions.
Section 3
Exceptions to gun transfers under subsection (4)

Don't trust strangers online to give you legal advice on gun laws.

If you are suggesting what I said is not legal, by all means, where does it state that ?

See my last sentence, "thats how I understand it", not even close to legal advice if you were so suggesting.
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Re: How do let under age people use/own guns?
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2021, 08:10:17 PM »
Not directed at anyone. I post the same thing on every one of these threads that pops up.
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Re: How do let under age people use/own guns?
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2021, 06:03:29 AM »
Buy a gun. Let him use it while he is with you/on the hunting trip with you. No one will care of the silly legality of it. The transfer law that may or may not make that illegal was a badly written law that no one enforces in a hunting situation, and was not the intention of the law. The reason you get conflicting info is because it is all speculation, no one has ever been charged with that type of infraction even though it takes place all the time. Not unsimilar to jay-walking, it may be illegal but no one will enforce it.

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Re: How do let under age people use/own guns?
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2021, 07:52:27 AM »
Buy a gun. Let him use it while he is with you/on the hunting trip with you. No one will care of the silly legality of it. The transfer law that may or may not make that illegal was a badly written law that no one enforces in a hunting situation, and was not the intention of the law. The reason you get conflicting info is because it is all speculation, no one has ever been charged with that type of infraction even though it takes place all the time. Not unsimilar to jay-walking, it may be illegal but no one will enforce it.

Until you are the one they enforce it on. Just a matter of time. My wife got a jaywalking ticket years ago.

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Re: How do let under age people use/own guns?
« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2021, 08:18:00 AM »

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Until you are the one they enforce it on. Just a matter of time. My wife got a jaywalking ticket years ago.
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Who and How would they enforce it? No fish and Game officer will be asking about gun ownership. The only way anything would come of it is if the kids parents disapprove and complain to someone who has authority and is a gun control advocate... even then the chances are slim because the law is badly written and never intended to stop this type of transfers in a hunting situation, so it still wouldn't go anywhere. As long as everything else is on-board, no poaching, legal everywhere, being safe, parents approve, it would never go anywhere.

The truth is the law is ambiguous and poorly written and never enforced so it is left to us who have no real experience with any of it to banter about what is legal or not, no one really know because there has never been any court cases about it. (and in my opinion will never be any court cases that deal with a hunting situation)

 


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