What do you mean "get it in put my name"? I am confused by the question.
Edited: Guns are not titled or registered in Texas like cars. Some transactions required a licensed dealer and papework or a background check (done telephonically not with a three-day wating period, and waived for concealed handgun license holders).
Certain firearms (full auto, short-barreled rifles, etc.) have much more rigorous requirements.
THIS IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. CAVEAT EMPTOR.
There is no registration of firearms. It is not legal. They can only be traced to the original buyer from a dealer. Get a bill of sale form this guy and a copy of his drivers license or at least his number. That is about all you can do.
If you are worried that the gun is stolen or may have been used in a crime, have the bill of sale notarized. If the seller goes through all of that, you should not be worried. At least you showed prudence in your eforts to document the transaction. May save you some grief, but I doubt you have to worry about that.
Unless there is something about the person you are buying the gun from that causes you to be concerned, I wouldn't worry about it. If I was concerned about the guy, I wouldn't touch the gun.
The only paper trail a gun leaves in Texas, is when it travels through a dealer with a FFL or when the cops confiscate it. Finding which dealer a used gun went through is almost imposable. They would have to go to all FFL holders and check all their records looking for that one gun.
With a gun that was made after 1968, its easy for them to start at the manufacturer and trace it to who it was first sold to. After that its like looking for a needle in a hay stack.
gundoc said it best! I had my ffl and it was a pure pain in ther rear! And I got called last year to find out who I sold a gun to it was an hpd officer and I called him and he told them he sold it at a gun show but it had been on his gun card. been there done that! dont worrie but be safe!
Not a big deal. Even if you get a dealer to transfer "into your name" the paperwork remains in his possession only as there is no database for this info. Get a good bill of sale and maybe a copy of TDL if you have any concerns and you'll be fine.