Local gun shops reported a surge of customers looking for guns for Christmas. Even Governor Nikki Haley received a gun this holiday. There’s one step the gifter and receiver will want to take to protect everyone.
There is no registry for guns in South Carolina so as long as an ATF 4473 form is filled out and passed, someone can purchase a gun. This form asks if the gun is for you, if the buyer has been convicted of a felony and if they’re mentally stable. The buyer can give the gun to anyone over 21 as long as they meet those requirements but they don’t have to fill out another ATF 4473.
Concealed Weapons Permit Instructor Jim Braziel with Sharp Shooters Gun Club and Range says the gifter should also draft a bill of sale so there is a paper trail confirming who they gave the gun to.
“That way if something were to happen going down the road then you go the show the proof that you don’t have the gun anymore,” Braziel says.
Braziel says a bill of sale protects everyone. For example, if you give someone a gun that’s stolen and used in a crime, police will be able to track you down. A bill of sale shows when the gun left your possession.