The Definition of Transfer

Komo News hosted a Town Hall debate on I-591 and I-594.

One of the issues that seems to constantly pop up is the definition of transfer.

Dictionary.com defines Transfer:

To convey or remove from one place, person, etc., to another.

The US code definesĀ Transfer:

The term “transfer” and the various derivatives of such word, shall include selling, assigning, pledging, leasing, loaning, giving away, or otherwise disposing of.

I-594 Defines the term Transfer as:

The intended delivery of a firearm to another person without consideration of payment or promise of payment including, but not limited to, gifts and loans.

Concerns are brought up such as the idea that even at a gun range, an instructor would have to put a student through a background check if the instructor were to teach the student with the instructors gun. The same could be said if the student were to bring their own gun and allow for the instructor to use the students gun for training purposes.

The advocates for I-594 continued to assure the people that the ATF would not consider that a transfer.

I-594 does not define what a gift or loan is. So we go to the dictionary definitions:

Dictionary.com defines gift:

something given voluntarily without payment in return, as to show favor toward someone, honor an occasion, or make a gesture of assistance; present.

Dictionary.com defines loan:

the act of lending; a grant of the temporary use of something.

With those definitions, it would appear to be a legitimate concern for firearms instructors and anyone intending to let someone borrow their firearm, but if the ATF has stated that those instances are not considered transferred, then is the ATF not enforcing the laws they have on the books or do the terms need to be defined in the law?

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