Beyond an FFL license, it’s important to be informed on transferring firearms safely and legally.
In part one, we learned what an FFL is and why it’s important to both the buyer and seller of a firearms transaction. In today’s post, we’ll explore the intricacies of firearm transfers and how to navigate the rules and regulations behind it.
It’s important to be able to wade through gun laws, rules, and regulations as it pertains to you as a firearm owner. At one point you’re likely to both buy and transfer firearms, so it’s critical to know the proper procedures — Liberty Firearms Institute is here to help! Follow along in today’s post and gain new insight into transferring firearms.
Transferring Firearms: The Scenarios
Perhaps you’ve recently bought a firearm online, as a gift, or need to ship it — how in the world do you transfer it? Did you know that there is a specific way to go about doing it?
When we’re speaking of a firearm transfer, we’re typically referring to the change of possession of a firearm from an FFL person to another or an FFL dealer to a non-FFL customer, but as you’ll find, there are some exceptions or different procedures.
The Gun Control Act of 1968 requires that firearms that travel across state lines must be accompanied by an FFL, however, firearm transfers (sale, gift, loan) that happen in the same state do not require an FFL. The latter is a federal law but it’s vital to check into your state laws, they may require that all gun transactions go through an FFL.
So, if you’re in the same state and you’re gifting a gun to your son- or daughter-in-law, you can do it without an FFL, and you can even ship a firearm without an FFL within the same state.
What You Should Know About Transferring a Firearm
Using an FFL dealer can serve as the middle person in a gun transfer — most gunshops are happy to do this for their customers, as LFI is.
If you yourself are sending a gun to an FFL, it’s important to include a copy of your driver’s license so the FFL can have it for the record and has your address information. It’s also important to stay in communication with the FFL and let them know that you are sending a firearm and when they should expect it — they may also have a process for you to follow such as filling out paperwork as to where the firearm is going and who is receiving it.
If the firearm is going to a non-FFL person, the proper steps of a background check and filling out the ATF Form 4473 must be completed and approved prior to sending the firearm.
There are many rules and regulations to follow when transferring a firearm beyond using an FFL. There is much more to cover on transferring a firearm, so stay tuned for part three!