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Talk:Trading Places

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From the Colt 45. "In real life, without a pistol liscense (sic) or any money, buying a handgun proves somewhat troublesome."

In 1983? I do not need a pistol license today, Whatever that is. Just a form and a three minute phone call to the local police. What's a pistol license? I think the poster believes this was in NYC. The Pawn Shop broker (Bo Diddley) says "In Philadelphia, it's worth 50 bucks."

He's right. It is ridiculously easy to buy a pistol in PA. PA does have certain gun laws regarding "cities of the first class," and Philadelphia is the only one, but it probably wouldn't have prevented him from buying that gun, especially back then. The most unbelievable part was that he was able to get a Colt Combat Commander for $50. --funkychinaman 05:06, 9 August 2010 (UTC)
He doesn't say it's only worth $50. He says Winthorpe's watch is only worth that much because he thinks it's hot. I assumed Winthorpe traded the watch for it instead of taking the $50. Plus, the pawnbroker is obviously an FFL dealer - since he otherwise would not be selling firearms - so the sale would comply with the law requiring sales to go through an FFL dealer (though I'm not sure if law was around when this movie was made). --Maxman (talk) 03:46, 21 April 2014 (EDT)
FFLs have been requires since the Gun Control Act of 1968. --Funkychinaman (talk) 02:36, 24 April 2014 (EDT)
Actually, I was referring to the PA law requiring (private) sales of handguns to be processed by an FFL dealer, though I guess that wouldn't really apply in this case since it isn't a private sale. --Maxman (talk) 02:39, 24 April 2014 (EDT)

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