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Question on LEO buying personal weapon

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by Keoking, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. Keoking


    Jan 4, 2005
    Rowlett, TX
    My BIL knows I have a safe full of pistols and wants one. He is not prohibited from owning a pistol, but he and his wife are dead broke after a couple of failed rounds of in vitro.
    His wife is a Wakulla Sheriff's Deputy, so I suggested that she buy him a Glock with her LEO discount, and that I would give them the money.
    Is there anything illegal about his wife buying him a gun if he is not prohibited from owning one?
    If she uses a LEO discount, could this be a violation of her department policy?
  2. md2lgyk


    Mar 23, 2001
    I can't cite chapter and verse, but it is certainly legal to buy a gun as a gift for someone else. Department policy violation? Who knows. I used to get an LEO discount from certain places, but that's because I was an LEO, not because the discount was through the department.

  3. jpa

    jpa CLM

    May 28, 2001
    Las Vegas NV
    Definitely not illegal.


    Probably against Glock's policy for the blue label guns. I doubt they're going to send the "Glock police" after her for buying a LE labeled gun for her husband but that's not the purpose of the discount.
  4. SCSU74

    SCSU74 St. Cloud Proud

    Jul 24, 2010
    The Northwoods
  5. Steve in PA

    Steve in PA

    Mar 1, 2000

    Instead of TX, let's pretend we are talking about PA.

    I'm a LEO in PA and can use my clothing and equipment allowance to purchase a firearm, provided it is something I can use "on the job". In other words, I couldn't buy a hunting shotgun or a deer rifle, or something like a Ruger Super Redhawk.

    I could buy a handgun that could be used for duty or off-duty use such as any of the Sig, Glock, S&W handguns, etc. The handgun is mine, even though I used by clothing & equipment allowance to buy it, just like a pair of boots, etc.

    In PA, there is no transfer required between spouses, provided the other person is not prohibited from owning or possessing a firearm. So in theory, I could go out and get a Glock 26 since it could be used by me for off-duty or plain clothes duty. But my wife would be able to carry the Glock because she is my wife.

    Would my department object? I've done nothing wrong. The handgun is "mine" not the departments and therefore I've broken no law by allowing my wife to carry it.

    Of course, I could also pay the money out of my pocket, still getting the LEO discount and the above situation still applies. The Glock is "mine", but my wife would be 100% legal in carrying or using it.
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2013
  6. DaBigBR

    DaBigBR No Infidels!

    Oct 28, 2005
    Circling the wagons.
    The big thing to watch out for would be that said gun was purchased in store and transferred on 4473 or shipped to an FFL for transfer on 4473. The alternative would be having it sent to the agency on letterhead, and doing it that way would be an issue with the "for duty use" requirement when the gun is delivered that way.
  7. I don't see the problem....she bought the gun, she owns the gun, her husband uses the need for any kind of transfer as she still owns the doesn't have to be a "gift" it's marital property....I think it would be the same as her using on of his deer rifles during deer's still his, she is just borrowing it....

    BULLRUNN Double Tap

    Oct 1, 2001
    Hampton Roads
    Its Called a STRAW PURCHASE.. the ATF might have a thing or 2 to say to her about that....could cause her some problems with her command...
  9. razdog76

    razdog76 Heavy Mettle

    Sep 26, 2007
    Husband and wife's property is all mutually owned. If they were to (God forbid) get a divorce and go their separate ways, anything one party says belongs to them could be contested by the other party.

    Glock's pricing is their own doing. They also extend the discounted guns to firefighters etc... They have to be able to account for discounting some of their merchandise, hence various color labels for easy sorting in the warehouse.

    A straw purchase would be one where the purchaser is going to sell the firearm to someone they know cannot legally acquire one.

    If it is a personally own firearm, purchased from an FFL holder, the purchaser WILL have to fill out the ATF form, and have a background check.

    Have you priced ammo lately? Anymore, the gun seems like the cheapest part. :supergrin:
  10. DaBigBR

    DaBigBR No Infidels!

    Oct 28, 2005
    Circling the wagons.

    There is nothing wrong with purchasing a firearm to gift it to somebody else who can legally receive the firearm.

    Illegal Straw Purchase Media Campaign Website:

    ATF Training Video on the Topic:

  11. Steve in PA

    Steve in PA

    Mar 1, 2000
    Wrong x2.
  12. spcwes


    Feb 22, 2005
    If she purchases it under letterhead which is what I think he is referring to it is for duty use only by the officer. An individual officer purchase is always done under letterhead which requires a superior officer to sign off on stating the the officer will use it for duty and if it is shipped directly to the department that the ranking officer has conducted a background check on the officer. You can not specifically use this method to buy a family member a weapon.

    That being said, you can however buy the weapon, carry it on duty one day in a duty, off duty, back up or what ever other method you need to meet the stipulations of the individual officer purchase and then you are clear to do what ever legal things you want to do with the weapon.

    The individual officer program only applies to states that allow the weapons/magazine capacity and if you can own it you can do this.
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2013
  13. AZson


    Oct 5, 2005
    This brings up a similar well published situation that happened here in AZ, somebody from out of state paid another person from out of state to travel here and buy a gun, but yet neither was arrested. So in this instant I would say it is legal. But then the person that financed it seems to be above the law
  14. walkin' trails

    walkin' trails

    Apr 24, 2005
    It may tecnically legal, but it is not something I would do as an LEO. I would be concerned about any civil issues that may arise if something bad happened to the pistol, and my name was going to be all over it. There are legitimate reasons for officers to sell personally owned firearms, but I'd opt to do it through an FFL. I have had people I knew ask me to buy them a blue label gun, and I have declined because do not need any legal liability problems, real or imagined.
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2013
  15. I still don't see a problem....I recently bought a G27 at my LGS....all I needed was my dept ID and was able to buy a blue label with no I do carry that on/off duty, but it's mine, not the dept....if I wanted my wife to carry it, there would be no problem, because its mine...and like I said earlier, it's also marital property....
  16. Keoking


    Jan 4, 2005
    Rowlett, TX
    This is pretty much what I was thinking about. She would buy it more or less as a private citizen who is able to use the LEO discount. No department involvement (unless there is a policy prohibiting this).
  17. spcwes


    Feb 22, 2005
    That is different from buying a weapon under individual officer purchase paperwork through an agency. You still own the weapon going this route but you are sold the weapon without taxes and at a reduced rate with the signed intent you are going to keep it and use it for duty. Buying it from a LSG with police id is the same as you buying it without.
  18. msu_grad_121

    msu_grad_121 BOOSH

    Sep 16, 2009
    NW Burbs
    I've got to be honest with you, I think you're wrong here. I've bought a few blue label guns in my time. Never did I go through the department, as they were individual officer purchases. Obviously the price for these is higher than it would be for a department purchase, but the only thing I needed to present was my department ID. They took a copy of the ID, and bingo, my own personally owned blue label Glock.

    I would say as long as there is no specific policy against this sort of thing, and as long as he's allowed to legally own a pistol, I doubt there's anything wrong with it, or that she would get in any sort of trouble. That's just my interpretation of it, though.


    Jan 2, 2006
    You don't need a Dept. letterhead to buy a weapon from Glock or S&W under LEO discount. You need to find a dealer who is either a LEO dealer for Glock or S&W, they copy your Dept. ID and you purchase the weapon.

    I've purchased many a glock and S&W under those terms, never have had to get a Dept. letterhead.

    If you call glock or S&W, they will give you their closest LEO dealer to you.

    Good Luck,

    Disco Son
  20. spcwes


    Feb 22, 2005
    Again different than what I am talking about. Trust me I sign the paperwork for the officers. If I was at the office I would copy paste the paperwork on here so you could see how it is worded. That being said our dealer for the weapons we purchase is in a different state so we can't go to the dealer to purchase.

    The way we do this is fill out paperwork that states you intend to purchase the weapon for duty use and not for someone else or with intent to sell. You then describe the weapon you intend to purchase and sign the document and send it to the ranking officer that can sign the form for the Chief/Sheriff or the Chief/Sheriff and then the paperwork is mailed to the LE dealer. The dealer processes the paperwork and then contacts the officer directly for payment.

    This is the same process for our agency from 3 different suppliers and is NOT in our policy. We have policy on what can be carried and qualification but not how the weapons are purchased.

    The process has also been the same for me with every agency I have worked with just different letterhead. The letterhead gives you a tax free purchase with 3 standard capacity magazines for about $395 on a Glock gen 3 or 4. Again, I never have walked into a LE distributor and purchased so can't speak on that.

    Edited to add: The paperwork is universal for agency and officer purchases from most companies. GT Distributors has the paperwork in generic template on their website for instance. You copy past that onto letterhead and fill out the info they request. And I am not saying this is THE way you have to complete this process. It is how we do it and I would imagine many others as well.
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2013