HARRISONBURG, VA - The number of guns sold in the nation has surged since the sandy hook elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
At the same time, Lthe gun control debate is front and center among our lawmakers. Despite background checks and licenses - Some legally purchased guns do end up in the wrong hands.
The question is how do we prevent this from happening especially around the holidays when guns are popular gifts.
Tuesday we look at the protocol for buying guns for other people and some risks that could be involved.
April Hoyle-Carney is surprising her husband this year. They came into ashby arms this morning to pick out a new gun. She took him back to work, came back and purchased the gun for him.
This is not uncommon this time of year for Ashby Arms. Owner Dennis Golden says, "holiday season in the gun business is always busy, this season seems to be a little busier than most."
They've been busy with people buying guns for their loved ones. Golden says it's, "basically the process is the same as it would be buying a gun for yourself."
It's not too complicated, you pick out the gun, fill out the federal background check, and you take it home.
Law enforcement encourages you to by guns from a licensed dealer, but there's no law that says you cant personally sell them. There was even an ad in Tuesday's classifieds.
Golden says, "private sales in virginia are virtually unrestricted, in that, they do what we call play by adult rules, this is an adult world."
Virginia does not require you to register firearms. The background check just makes sure you don't have a criminal record, or anything that would prevent you from owning a firearm.
So as a seller, Golden says, " that is on you, adult rules apply, you should ask those questions, you should be sure of who you're selling your gun to."
Hoyle-Carney isn't planning on re-doing the paperwork in her husbands name once she's given the gift. As golden would say, she's using her adult instincts.
"I trust him, wholeheartedly. And we've talked about it. And we have two kids at home, so we've talked about the whole entire thing." Hoyle-Carney says.
Hoyle-Carney says, "he has no idea... Hopefully!" So if you know the carney's keep this a secret, and don't ruin her Christmas surprise!
If you're planning on giving a gun as a gift, it's best to bring it back into the store where it was purchased and change the name on the paperwork.
Golden also recommends having some sort of written proof of sale when personally selling your guns.
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