Firearm Purchasing Checklist
1. Make Sure You’re Legally Eligible to Buy a Firearm
Under federal law, a person is generally prohibited from acquiring or possessing firearms if, among other things, they have been convicted of certain crimes or become subject to certain court orders related to domestic violence or a serious mental condition. The FBI’s NICS background check system helps to ensure that people subject to these restrictions cannot pass a background check to obtain a firearm.
2. Meet the Age Requirements for the Firearm
Under the Gun Control Act (GCA), shotguns and rifles, and ammunition for shotguns or rifles may be sold only to individuals 18 years of age or older. All firearms other than shotguns and rifles, and all ammunition other than ammunition for shotguns or rifles may be sold only to individuals 21 years of age or older. Licensees are bound by the minimum age requirements established by the GCA regardless of State or local law. However, if State law or local ordinances establish a higher minimum age for the purchase or disposition of firearms, the licensee must observe the higher age requirement.
3. Be a Resident of the Same State as the Dealer
Generally, a firearm may not lawfully be sold by a licensee to a non-licensee who resides in a State other than the State in which the seller’s licensed premises is located. However, the sale may be made if the firearm is shipped to a licensee whose business is in the purchaser’s State of residence and the purchaser takes delivery of the firearm from the licensee in his or her state of residence.
In addition, a licensee may sell a rifle or shotgun to a person who is not a resident of the State where the licensee’s business premises is located in an over–the–counter transaction, provided the transaction complies with State law in the State where the licensee is located and in the State where the purchaser resides.
4. Have a Valid Form of ID
The identification document presented by the transferee must have a photograph of the transferee, as well as the transferee’s name, residence address, and date of birth. The identification document must also be valid (e.g., unexpired) and have been issued by a governmental entity for the purpose of identification of individuals. An example of an acceptable identification document is a current driver’s license.
5. Address on ID Must be Current or Another Form of ID With Current Address is Necessary
A combination of government-issued documents may be used to meet the requirements of an identification document. For example, a passport that contains the name, date of birth, and photograph of the holder may be combined with a voter or vehicle registration card containing the residence address of the transferee in order to comply with the identification document requirements. A passport issued by a foreign government is also acceptable so long as it has all of the required information.
6. Make an Appointment
Call or Text us to set up a time where you can check out some firearms you’re interested in. If you like what you see we can proceed with the purchase, make sure to bring a Valid ID mentioned above to proceed with a NICS check. As soon as a proceed response is retrieved on your NICS check you may take the firearm home.