How to Buy a Gun, Online.

By Federal law, it is illegal to ship a handgun directly to you by mail or private carrier, which means:

  1. Any gun you purchase will need to be shipped to a gun dealer (a.k.a. an ‘FFL’, or ‘Federal Firearm Licensee’) near you, willing to accept it on your behalf, and…
  2. You will have to pick it up from them, in person, with the appropriate ID, after completing some paperwork and paying them a fee that typically ranges between $25-50 to do the transfer.

Instructions on how to find an FFL and set up the delivery ahead of time…

  1. Once you know the EXACT ‘make and model’ of the gun you want to buy (for example,’make: Sig Sauer, model: SP2022′) write that down.
  2. If you don’t have a favorite local ‘gun dealer’ yet, locate the 3 or 4 closest local FFLs or ‘gun dealers’ in your area (either by doing a search in Google, or your Yellow Pages) or visiting the BATF website.
  3. Call the FFLs and tell them, “I would like to have a [INSERT MAKE AND MODEL HERE] shipped and transferred to me for pickup at your store. Do you accept firearms shipments from other FFLs, and if so, what is your total fee for this service? Also, can you confirm it is legal to own a [INSERT MAKE AND MODEL HERE] in my area?”
  4. Make your selection and ask this dealer to send a copy of their signed FFL to the dealer you bought your gun from, prior to shipment (which is part of their obligations as a ‘receiver’ and service provider.)

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