Is it a felony to own an unregistered firearm? 4 Answers as of June 23, 2011

My brother gave me a shotgun and I have not registered it, is this illegal?

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Law Office of Tracey S. Sang
Law Office of Tracey S. Sang | Tracey Sang
Shotguns are not required to be registered in California, just handguns.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/23/2011
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
No since it is private transaction between two family members. I would get a receipt though to prove when you purchased it.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/22/2011
Nelson & Lawless
Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
It is a federal and a state crime to not properly transfer ownership of any firearm. You could contact your local gun store to inquire about the current rules and documents required to transfer a shotgun between family members. Many people hand on guns to family members without any paperwork, since they can be sure the gun is not stolen or been used in a crime, or being used in a sting to catch and arrest the parties in the transaction. The paperwork on shotguns does not provide for the serial number to be given to the state, so your choice whether to do the paperwork or not.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/22/2011
The Chastaine Law Office
The Chastaine Law Office | Michael Chastaine
In most situations yes. I would recommend getting it registered.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/22/2011
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