June 8, 2017

How to Register a Gun in Your Name

Are you thinking of buying a gun? Are you wondering what you need to do to get it registered in your name? Do you want to know how to register a gun in your name?

Are you thinking of buying a gun? Are you wondering what you need to do to get it registered in your name? Do you want to know how to register a gun in your name? Let's find out. 

Gun Laws

Gun Laws

Gun laws in any country control the possession, sale and utilizing the ammunition and firearms. State laws are independent of the existing firearm laws. Even though they are at times broader or more limited as compared to the Federal Laws.

State level laws differ significantly in content, form and restriction level. Regulations and laws related to gun ownership differ from the state-to-state.

Why Do Firearm Registration Laws Exist?

Firearm registration laws need individuals to record their ownership of firearm with a reputed law enforcement agency. These laws allow enforcement to disarm, identify and take action against violent criminals and people who illegally possess firearms. Registration system leads to accountability on behalf of the firearm owners and restrains illegal sales.

It leads to prosecution and identification of criminals by helping them to enforce laws quickly and trace the identity sources of firearms recovered from the crime scenes.

Why I Did Decide To Write This Step By Step Guide?

When I decided to buy a gun, there were so many concerns in my mind and there were very few sources to get reliable information. One of the major concern is to get the gun registered in my name. I wanted to do everything by following all the legal procedures and therefore I did a lot of research.

Now my purpose is fulfilled but most of the times, one of my neighbors or relatives used to come and ask me about the steps that one needs to take to become a legal owner of a gun since I had previously bought it.

I decided to write a step by step guide in an easy to understand language so that everyone can easily follow these steps.

How to Register a Gun in Your Name? 

Step 1: Complete The Application Form For Firearms Registration Certificate.


You can pick up a copy of forms anywhere at the FRS office to request a form to be mailed to you or you can download the form online. Fill your name in the purchaser or owner’s name section. If you are buying a new gun, this section A will be filled by the seller of the gun.

The form should be duly signed by both the seller and purchaser in front of each other.

Eligibility Factors To Apply

Here are some of the eligibility factors. You need to fulfill the requirements given below:

1. Applicant should be 21 years or older

The registrant should be of 21 years old or older. There is also a clause which states that applicants between age 18 to 21 can also apply for the long gun if they get a statement from their guardian or parent stating that they will take all the responsibilities for any damage caused due to the use of the firearm by the applicant. This registration will expire as the applicant turns 21.

2. No criminal record


The applicant should not have any previous records of weapon offenses or a felony in this regard or any other jurisdiction which will include all the crime that has got your punished and imprisoned for one year or more.

3. No previous indictment

You should not have ever faced indictment for any crime of violence or weapon offense. Anyone who is going through indictment for any crime which is punished by imprisonment exceeding a year is not allowed to own any firearm or ammunition.

4. Points that shouldn't be done in the past 5 years.

These are the things that you shouldn't have done in the past 5 years:-

  • You shouldn't have faced action against you due to use of a dangerous drug or narcotics drug offense falling under the assaults and threats to do bodily harm or violation of a similar statue of other jurisdiction. You also shouldn't have previous records of two or more violations of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or an offense punishable as a misdemeanor with or without the involvement of firearm violation.
  • You shouldn't have previously acquitted of criminal charge due to insanity or use of alcohol by any court.
  • · You shouldn't have been involuntarily or voluntarily committed to any institution or mental hospital.
  • You shouldn't have had any history of violent behavior.
  • You shouldn't have been a respondent of any intrafamily proceeding in which a foreign or civil protection order is issued against the applicant.

5. No physical defect hindering safe use of firearms.


You should not have any physical defect which would hinder the safe and responsible use of the firearm. In case you have some physical defects that may hinder your ability to do daily tasks then it is allowed by you to handle arms as it may lead to a mishappening.

6. No previous record of neglecting firearm mishap.

You should not be found neglecting any firearm mishap leading to injury or death of another human being. If you have a record that you were a part of any firearm mishap in which you failed to take necessary actions and are proven guilty of neglecting. Then you will not be eligible to attend the firearm mishap.

7. Eligibility to own firearms.

You should not be ineligible to own a firearm under the official code. The official code of the resoective state has certain guidelines for owning the firearms. You should be eligible according to that too. Licensing laws will help you to own a gun by helping the person to get a license before buying a firearm.

Step 2: Submit The Completed Form To FRS.


The dealer is not supposed to release the firearm till you complete the process and submit your registration certificate within 10 days of purchase along with:

  • Photo identification
  • Residency proof ( for example, vehicle registration certificate, permit from valid operator, residence lease agreement, home deed or any other legal document which has your residential address)
  • Proof that you have fulfilled the requirement of district's firearm safety training course.

To fulfill this requirement you will have to provide the following:

  • Certificate of completing online firearms safety training course. This course is absolutely free of cost and it will take around 30 minutes to complete. It can be accessed from the government website of the gun registration. If you can't access a computer, you can use a computer at the office of the Firearms Registration Section.
  • There should be evidence that you have completed your firearms training under the United States military.
  •  You need to provide a license from any other state that requires firearms training of your particular country. The examples of this are a license or certificate for hunting or armed service as a special police officer.
  •  There is evidence that you have to complete a safety course or firearms training carried by a firearms instructor which is determined by the chief.

Step 3: Proof That You Are Not Blind

You need to provide written certificates stating that you are not blind. You need to prove that you are not suffering from any issue with your eyesight that has lead to blindness.

Step 4: Submission Of Fees

Gun and Money

Give appropriate fees which depends on the state in which you are applying for the registration of the gun.

Step 5: Fingerprints Submission

Provide fingerprints for a background check. In this step you have to provide your fingerprints to complete the final security procedures.

Usually, it takes 1 to 5 business days for the application to get approved. You will be notified once it gets approved and then you can collect your registration certificate or request it to be mailed to you.


Whether you are a firearm dealer, firearm owner, member of shooting club or planning to travel with firearms then you will find all the required information in the steps provided above. I have ensured that I write the steps in an easy to understand language which makes the whole process easy for you.

Hopefully, you liked the article. If yes, then share it with your friends as much as you can. In case you have any queries regarding any of the points given above then you can ask them in the comments below. I will be happy to answer them.

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