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July 12, 2014

Outdoor editor admits making straw purchases

— I’ll admit it. I’ve made straw purchases and I’ve made them knowingly.

I can only hope that the individuals to whom I have passed on those purchases used them wisely.

For example, a couple years ago, during bow season, some of our hunting party got a late start on their trip to camp from a good distance away. They didn’t have time, or simply forgot, to bring all the things they needed. Camp is in a somewhat remote location. Towns or businesses are a long way off.

So, I got a text asking if I could help.

I stopped at my favorite convenience store and bought quite a large number of PayDay bars, knowing all along that I would not consume every one of them, but pass them on to other hunters.

I hope the statute of limitations has expired on this act. I hope as well that these hunters consumed the snacks wisely with no harm to themselves or others. I hope that they did not litter the PayDay bar wrappers. I lost sleep thinking that law enforcement would find a littered wrapper, trace the bar back to the store of purchase, watch surveillance video of me buying them and knock on my door.

Also, I used to make straw purchases at a farm supply outlet. But that was before so many commercial archery targets became available.

About inherited handguns

Speaking of handguns, in June I wrote about the new law that allows people bowhunting for deer in Region A to carry a handgun so that they may protect themselves from bears.

In that column, I noted that there was some confusion on my part about the legality of toting a handgun that was inherited and for which there was no paper trail of ownership.

Thanks to Maryland State Police Sergeant Frank Lopez of the Maryland Gun Center for clearing up that matter.

A person who inherits a handgun must complete and submit a MSP application and affidavit to the MSP Licensing Division, Firearm Section.

The form is MSP 77R-1&2.

A background check will be made to ensure that the applicant is not prohibited under state and federal law from possessing firearms, Lopez said.

If the person is “Not Disapproved” the handgun will be transferred to the applicant. This requirement existed before the passage of the Firearms Safety Act of 2013, according to Lopez.

Lopez said as well that there is no legal mandate that requires a person to carry a receipt or registration form when carrying a handgun while bowhunting.

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