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Anyone familiar with the laws regarding people here on a K1 visa?

Discussion in 'Texas Concealed Handgun (CHL)' started by Fosty, Jan 18, 2018.

  1. Fosty

    Fosty Member

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    I came here on a K1 visa in March 2017 and I received my employment authorization document (EAD) card recently while waiting for my green card.

    I've got a SSN and will soon be getting a Texas drivers license and a bank account.

    Will I be able to obtain a CHL?

    I've done a bit of research and can't find a straight answer.

    It seems like the rule of thumb is that if you can purchase a firearm you can get a CHL but I'm not clear on that either.
     


  2. Renegade

    Renegade SuperOwner

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    You should be OK. Only non-immigrant aliens are heavily restricted.
     
  3. Kar98

    Kar98 Well-Known

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    Subject to the requirements of federal firearms law, and if not otherwise ineligible, resident aliens and certain nonimmigrant aliens who are legally present in the United States may obtain the license.

    However see:
    https://www.atf.gov/firearms/qa/may...dmitted-united-states-under-nonimmigrant-visa

    A K-1 is a non-immigrant visa, allowing somebody to come to the US, marry, and then adjust status to immigrant.
     
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  5. Renegade

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    He is NOT a non-immigrant alien.
     
  6. jrbfishn

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    Untill they approve his green card and isdue it, he is still a non-immigrant alien.
    This is an area where most FFLs are not up on the laws and they can be vary vague. So they won't do the sale. Even with propper documentation.
    A call to an ATF field office can provide information on sales in his case.

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  7. Renegade

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    My bad, I missed that part.
     
  8. peter.brandon.733

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  9. Kar98

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    The info IS readily available and has been posted above, incl. links directly to the ATF.

    Non-immigrant alien (which K1 visa is, until AOS is approved with GC in hand) needs at the very least a hunting license to even buy and own guns.

    Immigrant alien, anyone with a GC: same rights as a citizen as far as guns are concerned, incl. LTC.

    And since immigration is a Federal issue, Federal law takes precedence.

    Not very hard. I'd just wait for the AOS approval and suck it up in the mean time.
     
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  10. Fosty

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    Yeah it looks like that's what I'm going to have to do.
     


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