Q: How do I transfer car and gun titles and what are the legal ramifications if I don’t? Can I transfer to minors? -Lila

A: You place them from your hands to somebody else’s hands. OK, before you roll your eyes I know you meant legally transferring the titles.

The car title transfer is fairly easy. You simply take the title for the vehicle and sign the transfer to portion on the back. You can transfer your vehicle to anybody you want regardless if that person has a drivers license or not.

Guns are a different story. You can sell them or give them to whomever you want as long as that person is 18 and older and is permitted by law to own a firearm. There are no titles to firearms that I’m aware of. The only thing I would suggest would be a bill of sale or legal document showing that you no longer own the firearm. I would suggest that you have whoever receives the firearm(s) information so that if something were to happen involving that firearm and an ATF trace showed you were the last registered owner, you could give that information to interested parties.

Transferring to minors is fine and I still can’t figure out why people who work in mines gets so many loopholes to jump through anyway (OK boo, another bad joke). As far as giving your firearms to juveniles you can do that but as I said when they turn 18. I would also suggest the same as above with some acknowledgement of who the new owner was.

There are some things that you could get into trouble as far as legal ramifications with in any of these scenarios.

Trying to transfer a car title with a lien on it, for example, could produce a civil issue for lawsuit, however I don’t believe the DMV would allow said transfer. Forging a title transfer of course would be a big problem that could lead to a bigger problem or smaller depending on the prison cell size.

Transferring a gun to a known felon or somebody who has been charged with domestic violence could not only lead to state issues but federal as well. These violations come with a lot of time to contemplate; in those cells I spoke of, what went wrong.

My biggest suggestion here is that when in doubt, contact an attorney, prosecutor or even police department to find the answer. Once again this is based off my interpretation and may not reflect the opinion of other legal sources.

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