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I have been reading posts from HKPro for awhile now. Over past several years, I have gone shooting with my friends. I am finally thinking about purchasing my own pistol for range shooting. (getting tired of borrowing)
I currently live in FL and I am wondering if someone could answer my question. I am not a US citizen and am here as an international student with F1 visa. Is if possible for me to purchase a firearm or is it just out of question?

If anyone knows this answer or require more information, please let me know.

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Jae
 

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Hello

I have been reading posts from HKPro for awhile now. Over past several years, I have gone shooting with my friends. I am finally thinking about purchasing my own pistol for range shooting. (getting tired of borrowing)
I currently live in FL and I am wondering if someone could answer my question. I am not a US citizen and am here as an international student with F1 visa. Is if possible for me to purchase a firearm or is it just out of question?

If anyone knows this answer or require more information, please let me know.

Thanks

Jae
I don't think you can legally even possess a firearm, much less buy one. This is from http://www.atf.gov/firearms/faq/faq2.htm:

(R1) May nonimmigrant aliens legally in the United States purchase or possess firearms and ammunition while in the United States?
Nonimmigrant aliens generally are prohibited from possessing or receiving (purchasing) firearms and ammunition in the United States.
There are exceptions to this general prohibition. The exceptions are as follows:
  1. <LI align="justify">nonimmigrant aliens who possess a valid (unexpired) hunting license or permit lawfully issued by a State in the United States;

    <LI align="justify">nonimmigrant aliens entering the United States to participate in a competitive target shooting event or to display firearms at a sports or hunting trade show sponsored by a national, State, or local firearms trade organization devoted to the collection, competitive use or other sporting use of firearms;
    <LI align="justify">certain diplomats, if the firearms are for official duties;
    <LI align="justify">officials of foreign governments, if the firearms are for official duties, or distinguished foreign visitors so designated by the U.S. State Department;
    <LI align="justify">foreign law enforcement officers of friendly foreign governments entering the United States on official law enforcement business; and
  2. persons who have received a waiver from the prohibition from the U.S. Attorney General.
(R2) Typically, who are "nonimmigrant aliens?"
In large part, nonimmigrant aliens are persons traveling temporarily in the United States for business or pleasure, persons studying in the United States who maintain a foreign residence abroad, and certain foreign workers. Permanent resident aliens are NOT nonimmigrant aliens. Permanent resident aliens often are referred to as people with "green cards."
 
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