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ABOUT THE AUTHOR Bryan L. Ciyou is a trial and appellate attorney at the Indianapolis law firm of Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. He earned his BA with distinction and graduated through the honors program, along with his JD,... Read More

Monthly Archives: June, 2012

A Good “Bill”?

Legal or Congressional Bills: Where Does The Right To Interstate Transportation Of A Firearm From One Lawful Place To Another And Possession Begin? No one, including gun owners, wants a bill, and most of us have a particular aversion to legal bills because that means we have a civil or criminal problem that may impact our freedom. On the other hand, we know everything from the roads we drive to the electricity to power our air conditioner or television comes from some bill–taxes to utilities–the old adage the only things in life that are certain are “taxes (and bills) and death” is reality. With the federal right to interstate transportation… Read More

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“Can Everyone Hear Okay? Over The Gun Fire?”

Important Things I Learned In a Day With Massad Ayoob Over the last few years, I have been invited to teach Indiana gun law to Massad Ayoob’s MAG/40 (formerly known as Lethal Force Institute) class held at Sand Burr Gun Ranch1 in Rochester, Indiana. Every time I have taught, I too learned new things from Mass. I remember thinking when I encountered Massad Ayoob the first time–he looks exactly like his picture. Massad is both a commanding figure and presenter. Massad is a gun-handler extraordinaire and a great historian of all things gun-related. Now that I have overcome the star-struck, stage, I am able to peel the onion of teachings… Read More

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Can a Convicted Felon Purchase or Possess Any Type of Firearm?

Being a practicing attorney who handles firearms questions and legal issues, Ciyou & Dixon, P.C.’s attorneys, including Bryan L. Ciyou, encounter a number of routine questions and misconceptions as it relates to firearms. One area of constant inquiry and some misunderstanding, is whether a felon may purchase or possess a firearm of any type at any time and circumstance. As a general proposition, there is a bright line rule (black and white) under federal law that prohibits any person convicted of a felony from purchasing or possessing any type of firearm. While there is a provision of federal law that would allow certain felons to have their rights to purchase… Read More

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What Is The Law Relating To Registering A Firearm?

A common question among firearms owners I receive relates to registering a firearm. Is it required, and in what circumstances? The answer to this question lies within understanding and drawing distinctions between state and federal law. Taking a new firearm (that is not subject to the NFA) a purchaser completes an ATF 4473 form and passes a background check. The dealer must log this in his or her acquisitions and dispositions book, and in addition, if the firearms are two (2) or more handguns, the dealer must complete a multiple handgun purchase form. In some jurisdictions, a firearm must be registered with law enforcement; and carry handguns must be registered… Read More

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Is There a National Carry Permit or Federal Authority to Carry a Handgun Throughout the United States?

A common question presented attorneys who handle firearms cases relates to a national license to carry a handgun. There is No such license, except for qualified active duty or retired law enforcement officers. At almost every session of Congress, a national civilian carry license is introduced. However, such bills have never had a statistical chance of passing. Furthermore, it is key to remember that if a national license did pass congress and become the law, it is certain that it would be riddled with exceptions. Logically, these would include local, state and federal property and buildings. The exception for qualified and retired law enforcement officers came not long after the… Read More

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Trains, Planes and Automobiles

Can I Ship My Firearms to another Lawful State for Use? A common question and need of a lawful possessor of a firearm is how to ship it to another place for shooting sports activities. This may be somewhat familiar to you if you have purchased a firearm (handgun) in another state from an FFL. This is lawful and accomplished by paying for the firearm in the state where you are non-resident and taking delivery through an FFL and completing the ATF 4473 form and NICS check in your home state. In fact, it is possible in some cases to purchase long guns in other state and complete the ATF… Read More

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FIND GUN LAWS BY STATE

Table of Contents

About the author
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Bryan L. Ciyou is a trial and appellate attorney at the Indianapolis law firm of Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. He earned his BA with distinction and graduated through the honors program, along with his JD,... Read More