FAQ – Questions & AnswersCategory: Shotgun FAQHow to legally own a sawed off shotgun?
Dennis Kemp asked 4 weeks ago
How to legally own a sawed off shotgun?

4 Answers
Ivan Staff answered 4 weeks ago

There are a few different ways to legally own a sawed-off shotgun.

  1. You can purchase one from a licensed firearms dealer.
  2. You can inherit one from a deceased relative.
  3. You may be able to find one at a gun show or through a private sale.
  4. Some states allow individuals to own sawed-off shotguns if they were grandfathered in before the implementation of certain regulations.

It is important to note that Sawed-off shotguns are highly regulated by both state and federal law. To purchase one, you must first pass a background check and obtain a permit from your local law enforcement agency. It is also illegal to transport a sawed-off shotgun across state lines without the proper paperwork.

If you are interested in purchasing a sawed-off shotgun, it is important to consult with an experienced firearms attorney to ensure that you are following all applicable laws.

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Olson Staff answered 4 weeks ago
  • In the United States, sawed-off shotguns are regulated under the National Firearms Act of 1934. To purchase or possess a shovel outfitted shotgun, you must first apply to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Along with the completed application, you will need to provide photographs and fingerprints as well as pay a $200 tax. Once your application has been approved, you will be free to purchase or possess your desired firearm.
  • There are also a few ways to legally acquire a sawed-off shotgun without having to go through the ATF application process. One way is to purchase an antique shotgun that was manufactured before 1898. These firearms are not subject to the National Firearms Act and can be bought and sold without any special restrictions. Another option is to find a used sawed-off shotgun that is being sold by a private party. In most states, it is legal to purchase a used firearm from an individual without having to go through a background check or obtaining a permit. However, it is always best to check with your local law enforcement agency to ensure that this is the case in your state.
  • Some states have their laws regarding sawed-off shotguns. For example, in Oregon, it is legal to possess a sawed-off shotgun as long as it is not used for hunting purposes. If you are unsure of the laws in your state, it is best to contact your local law enforcement agency or the ATF for more information.

Lewis Staff answered 4 weeks ago
Sawed-off shotguns are heavily regulated in the United States. Federal law prohibits the manufacture, possession, sale, or transfer of any shotgun with a barrel less than 18 inches long or an overall length of fewer than 26 inches. There are a few exceptions to this general rule, but generally speaking, it is illegal to own a sawed-off shotgun without proper licensure and approval from the ATF.
So, how do you go about legally owning a sawed-off shotgun? First things first, you need to obtain a federal firearms license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Once you have been issued this license, you can then apply for a variance from the ATF which will allow you to manufacture, possess, or transfer a sawed-off shotgun. The process for obtaining a variance can be found here.
It should be noted that even if you can obtain all the necessary licensure and approvals, there are still strict regulations on sawed-off shotguns. For example, it is illegal to transport a sawed-off shotgun across state lines without prior approval from the ATF. Additionally, sawed-off shotguns (best pistol grips for your shotgun) must be registered with the ATF and are subject to additional background checks and record keeping requirements.

Jordan Staff answered 4 weeks ago
There is no federal law against owning a sawed-off shotgun, but strict regulations are surrounding their purchase and possession. To purchase a sawed-off shotgun, you must first obtain a firearms license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF). Once you have obtained a license, you can then purchase the weapon from a licensed firearms dealer.
When transporting a sawed-off shotgun, it must be unloaded and placed in a locked case. The ammunition must also be stored separately from the gun. It is important to note that some states have their laws regarding sawed-off shotguns, so it is always best to check with your local law enforcement agency to see if there are any restrictions in your area.