Guns as Gifts: What you should know

Published: Dec. 19, 2015 at 12:24 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 23, 2015 at 12:24 AM EST
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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Some people may be planning to give a firearm as a gift for Christmas, and it is important to do it the safe way.

The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office is encouraging everyone to do their research before they purchase a gun. It's important to know what you're purchasing, but also know as much as you can about whose hands it will be in.

"Know that they can possess that gun," explained Lt. Jerry Brewer. "If there's any outlying issues in terms as being a felon, there's some other issues there, some other laws. Make sure they can possess that gun, if they can't, there's not point in buying it."

Lt. Brewer also says that getting the right fit for each individual could keep them safer.

"Is it a long gun, is it a rifle or a shut gun, is it a pistol?" asked Brewer. "If so, have you got your pistol purchase permit? If so what is it your giving them?"

If you do purchase a gun that is later used for illegal purposes, responsibility is decided on case by case bases.

Once a firearm is purchased the Sheriff's office encourages everyone to take some sort of safety course.

"It's not something you want to purchase, stick in a closet and never use," explained Brewer. "You need to know how to break it down you need to know how to clean it, you need to know how to use it. Whether that's going with a family member to practice shooting, we have multiple shooting ranges here."

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