Okay, here's the deal. I'm 19 years old and a resident in the great state of Michigan. Problem: you must be 21 to purchase a handgun from an FFL, but can be 18 to purchase from a private party....so HYPOTHETICALLY, I could have a person 21+ years of age, (dad, brother, friend) take the safety test, the oath, get the permit, and purchase a handgun from an FFL, and then sell it to me say thirty days later or so just to not raise any suspicion, as long as I go through the process of getting the permit and passing the safety test as well? There's nothing illegal about this right? How long should I wait? Thanks guys..!
Even if that whole thing was legal (not sure if it's a straw purchase or not, thought that usually referred to buying for those unable to possess...), there's still the ammo issue. You need to be 21 to buy ammo from a FFL for the pistol once you've got it.
Not sure about Michigan laws but with the ATF it is legal for your dad to buy you the pistol and ammo. Its funny but back home in AL, we had a few cops under the age of 21 and thier parents had to buy thier weapons and ammo.
When I turned 18 my dad bought me my first pistol, it was a christmas gift. He is a police officer, and straw purchase does not apply on legit gifts. If you are trying to decieve the store by having someone else purchase your gun, knowing that you would not be able to do it; that is a legal issue. At least that is how it was explained to me when I sold guns.
Here in Utah we have the same restrictions. Our laws say,
If your dad buys the gun with the intent of GIVING it to you it is not a straw purchase. If he buys the gun knowing he will sell it to you or you give him the money to buy it it is considered a straw purchase.