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I would like to give my nephew, who is 19, an old revolver. Are there any legal problems with this? Can he keep it in his car "locked" in a container? Can he open carry it fishing, hunting, and camping?


Obviously he cannot get a permit or carry it concealed until he is 21. He is proficient in handling and shooting firearms.
 

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The only reference I could find in the state statutes is 790.17, which references minors under the age of 18.

And 790.065 which states a person under the age of 21 may not purchase or receive a firearm from a licensed dealer or importer.

Others with more specific knowledge may chime in, but by my interpretation of these statutes, you should be good to go.
 

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You have three questions here, but there is no location given on your membership profile. Presuming you and your nephew are both residents of Florida, he is not a prohibited person, and the handgun you want to gift him is in Florida, there's no prohibition in Florida Statutes that would prevent you from gifting a firearm to your nephew (that which is not prohibited by law is lawful). If you and he are residents of different states and/or the handgun is in another state from either one of you, that's a different kettle of fish and the complete answer would depend on laws of the states involved, but in general, you cannot transfer a handgun across state lines (Federal law). Note, sale and tranfer are two separate things. Gifting a firearm is a private transfer, which is not prohibited by Florida Statues.

The answers to your second and third questions are found in F.S. 790.25 Lawful ownership, possession, and use of firearms and other weapons.—

The answer to the third question comes up first [earlier] in F.S. 790.25(3)(h):
(h) A person engaged in fishing, camping, or lawful hunting or going to or returning from a fishing, camping, or lawful hunting expedition;
The second answer to your second question comes up next in F.S. 790.25(5)
(5) POSSESSION IN PRIVATE CONVEYANCE.—Notwithstanding subsection (2), it is lawful and is not a violation of s. 790.01 for a person 18 years of age or older to possess a concealed firearm or other weapon for self-defense or other lawful purpose within the interior of a private conveyance, without a license, if the firearm or other weapon is securely encased or is otherwise not readily accessible for immediate use. Nothing herein contained prohibits the carrying of a legal firearm other than a handgun anywhere in a private conveyance when such firearm is being carried for a lawful use. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to authorize the carrying of a concealed firearm or other weapon on the person. This subsection shall be liberally construed in favor of the lawful use, ownership, and possession of firearms and other weapons, including lawful self-defense as provided in s. 776.012.
 

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I would like to give my nephew a handgun as well, but my sister would NEVER allow it.
He turns 21 in a few more months and so the issue will resolve on its own.
 

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Thank yall for the answers. That is exactly what I thought. But I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing anything major.
 

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I would like to give my nephew, who is 19, an old revolver. Are there any legal problems with this? Can he keep it in his car "locked" in a container? Can he open carry it fishing, hunting, and camping?


Obviously he cannot get a permit or carry it concealed until he is 21. He is proficient in handling and shooting firearms.
You asked if the gun needed to be "locked" in a container. 790.25(5) requires that it be "securely encased" but not locked.

790.001 defines securely encased:
(17) “Securely encased” means in a glove compartment, whether or not locked; snapped in a holster; in a gun case, whether or not locked; in a zippered gun case; or in a closed box or container which requires a lid or cover to be opened for access.
 
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