Whether you are a new gun owner or simply buying a gun online for the first time, you might have some questions as to how to buy a gun from an online gun store. It may seem a little confusing at first, but it is actually quite simple. In fact, it is just as easy if not easier to buy from an online firearms store. If you are looking to buy guns online, the same steps apply as if you were to buy them in a brick and mortar gun store. The only exception is that you will have to provide us with an FFL holder local to you, so you can pick it up at their shop and continue the gun buying process. These steps are listed below.
Step 1 – Choose an FFL near you
An FFL is a Federal Firearms License holder and is required for the transfer of all firearms. Typical FFL holders are gun shops, pawn shops, and even individual FFL holders. You must notify them first to ask if they will conduct a transfer and background check for you. Most FFL holders will charge a fee to transfer the firearm to you and conduct the background check. Once you have notified them, they will give you a copy of their FFL.
Step 2 – Purchase your firearm
After you have researched which firearm you would like to purchase, proceed to checkout like you would do for any other purchase. You will be prompted to put in the shipping address for the FFL that you have chosen to use. Email a copy of your order/invoice and the FFL to firstname.lastname@example.org. Let them know where you bought the gun from and which gun you bought, so they can keep an eye out for it and notify you when it comes in.
Step 3 – Conduct the transfer
Bring a government issued ID with you to pick up your gun such as a driver’s license or concealed carry license. They will give you a form 4473 to fill out. This form is one page long and the employee will be able to answer any questions you have. They will then conduct a background check with your 4473 and government issue ID and typically only takes 10 minutes.
Step 4 – Take your new gun home
Once you have passed the background check, you can take your firearm home. It is important to note that sometimes a hold might be placed on your background check for 3 days. If your FFL is not notified within those 3 days of a pass or fail status on your background check, then you can take your firearm home.