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    Quote Originally Posted by joesmo View Post
    My wife received her fathers handgun after his passing. It is a S&W revolver, 5 shot, 38 special, 1.5" barrel. it is definately not new.

    My Q's:

    First: No one knows if her dad registered the handgun, he could have had it for 30yrs (more or less). What is the preocess of registering this? Do I even have to?

    FWIW, I am in Michigan.
    We had to check a 9 shot H&R Revolver after my dad died years ago. Back Then, The local LEO's did "Safety Inspections" on that revolver that amounted to nothing more than checking the numbers against the data bases. Mom had to write a letter stating the reason for transfer.
    The Safety Inspection was scapped last year. Start by calling an Attorney first. Mich Firearm laws can be downloaded from the State Police Site. http://www.legislature.mi.gov/docume...s/firearms.pdf
    And are a substitute for qualified legal advise.
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    You cannot keep that gun under any circumstances and must get rid of it immediately by sending it to me to dispose of properly.


    I really do not know what you have to do in MI and hate those BS laws about inherited guns and registration ion general. My Father-in-law had a L C Smith SxS shotgun and lived in another state. When he died there was talk about how to transfer it to me living in SC. I told the that the best way to transfer it to me was for me to pick it up, put it in the trunk of my car and drive home. Screw all that paperwork. There is no registration in SC especially for a shotgun and I sure wasn't going to pay two FFL's to have it shipped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joesmo View Post
    Thanks to all, this is a huge source of help, and I really appreciate it. I apologize if my next questions show my ignorance, but I just want to make sure I do things right.

    So now that the safety inspection is no longer required in Michigan, and I am a resident and CPL holder in Michigan, what do I need to do?
    You don't need to do anything. It's what your spouse has to do.
    I guess i'm confused because I don't need a purchase permit with the CPL, I only had to take it in for a safety inspection.
    CPL holders are exempt from purchase licensing.
    I don't know why the estate cannot transfer it to me, but I keep getting more confused. <g>.
    Because the handgun was willed to your spouse and not you. If the probate judge or executor of the will allows you to take possession of the firearm instead of your spouse then I imagine it would be legal as the firearm would be essentially willed to you and not your spouse. That's a probate law issue best addressed by a probate attorney.

    The issue is that the firearm was willed to your spouse, not you. Your spouse needs the license to possess or purchase to be 100% within MI law to accept the firearm willed to her. She then can give it to you. It would also be in your household's best interest if she got her MI CPL so she could take custody of your handguns should anything happen to you without having to worry about any MI purchasing/possession licensure issues.
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  5. Quote Originally Posted by netentity View Post
    You don't need to do anything. It's what your spouse has to do.
    .....The issue is that the firearm was willed to your spouse, not you. Your spouse needs the license to possess or purchase to be 100% within MI law to accept the firearm willed to her. She then can give it to you. It would also be in your household's best interest if she got her MI CPL so she could take custody of your handguns should anything happen to you without having to worry about any MI purchasing/possession licensure issues.
    I think I am FINALLY starting to understand. Since she will not get a cpl, i think one option is:

    1) Have her get a purchase permit, and then the handgun is basically hers. I believe I have the ability to carry this handgun under my CPL (i believe I can carry handguns that are not mine).

    2) Find out if I can have the executor of the will just assign it to me.

    We will be talking to his/our attorney about his estate soon, i will put this on the list.

    OK, one last stupid question. If as a CPL holder I can carry someone elses handgun, then I can carry a dead persons handgun without doing anything?

  6. Quote Originally Posted by netentity View Post
    BTW, NavyLT, the BATFE links for State laws is about two years out of date. It still has the MCL for handgun safety inspections which is MCL 28.429. That was repealed effective Jan 7, 2009. BATFE only updates that book every two to three years.
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by joesmo View Post
    I think I am FINALLY starting to understand. Since she will not get a cpl, i think one option is:

    1) Have her get a purchase permit, and then the handgun is basically hers. I believe I have the ability to carry this handgun under my CPL (i believe I can carry handguns that are not mine).
    Yes
    2) Find out if I can have the executor of the will just assign it to me.
    Yes
    We will be talking to his/our attorney about his estate soon, i will put this on the list.

    OK, one last stupid question. If as a CPL holder I can carry someone elses handgun, then I can carry a dead persons handgun without doing anything?
    Since the safety inspection (i.e. defacto handgun registration) law was repealed, I don't believe it's an issue anymore.

    Any time you deal with a non-FFL transfer, you should as a legal CYA tactic be able to prove where you acquired a firearm from in case it turns up as stolen or wanted by LEOs for some reason. The will and probate case will be your proof the firearm was conveyed to your spouse or you legally and in good faith.
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