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  • MNgoesSouth

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    I am in Texas for school (from Minnesota) and I am still a resident of Minnesota. I know my Minnesota PTC has no validity in Texas as far as purchasing a handgun. I have not taken my CHL course yet, so I'm not sure on the laws of private sales here in Texas. Couldn't find exactly where on this forum I should ask this, and I figured this was as good as any since you guys are gonna know the law pretty well. What I want to do is sell my Hi-Point to help fund my desires for a Beretta PX4 Storm Subcompact. UPGRADE! I would like to get a better price than what Cabelas would give me, so I would like to do it as a private sale. I just want to make sure it is legal for me to do so in the state of Texas. Thanks in advance!
     

    matefrio

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    You'll need to do the transfer though an FFL is my understanding.

    Firearms - Frequently Asked Questions - Unlicensed Persons | ATF


    [h=6]Q: To whom may an unlicensed person transfer firearms under the GCA?[/h]A person may sell a firearm to an unlicensed resident of his State,

    [h=6]Q: From whom may an unlicensed person acquire a firearm under the GCA?[/h]A person may only acquire a firearm within the person’s own State,
     
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    majormadmax

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    Aren't you a Texas resident because you live here? When you say "school," what are you talking about? College? Trade school? Four years? Two weeks? Do you have proof of residency, such as a power or water bill or anything else that shows you actually have a domicile in the state?

    The difference is whether you are actually living here or just visiting...
     

    jrbfishn

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    Do you have residence in texas?
    How long have you been here?
    Do you plan on getting a texas drivers license or texas id card or have one already.
    If you are going to be here several years are you going to register to vote here?


    Sent by a idjit coffeeholic
     

    jordanmills

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    Nope. If you told me that, I wouldn't sell you a gun directly.

    Generally, if you have relocated to Texas at least thirty days previously and do not intend to leave except for temporary trips, you are considered a resident regardless of what you can document. Living here to go to school is not residency though (as you seem to well know). There's no reason you can't legitimately reside here while you're going to school here though.
     
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    I am in Texas for school (from Minnesota) and I am still a resident of Minnesota. I know my Minnesota PTC has no validity in Texas as far as purchasing a handgun. I have not taken my CHL course yet, so I'm not sure on the laws of private sales here in Texas. Couldn't find exactly where on this forum I should ask this, and I figured this was as good as any since you guys are gonna know the law pretty well. What I want to do is sell my Hi-Point to help fund my desires for a Beretta PX4 Storm Subcompact. UPGRADE! I would like to get a better price than what Cabelas would give me, so I would like to do it as a private sale. I just want to make sure it is legal for me to do so in the state of Texas. Thanks in advance!

    Sounds like you are a resident of both states and can legally purchase
     

    tXfactor

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    I would not buy (or sell) from someone without a Texas ID, regardless of how long they've been here. That's just me, though.
     

    Byrd666

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    IF you have a valid ID card or D.L. issued by the state of Texas, you are a resident of Texas. Even if that ID or D.L. has an out of state address on it. As long as you show valid resident status to the D.P.S. when obtaining either of those, you are considered a resident. I did just that for quite a few temp. workers, military guys and girls, and students when I worked for the D.P.S.
     

    tXfactor

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    Active duty military stationed in Texas are considered Texas residents, FWIW.
     

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