Legality of Buying Guns Online
Anyone legally eligible to buy a gun, can order a gun online. The gun must be shipped to a licensed FFL Dealer, and you must complete a federal background check before you take possession of the gun.
Age Requirements for Buying Guns
Federal law requires you to be at least 18 years old to purchase a rifle or shotgun and at least 21 years old to purchase a handgun.
Some states/locations may have more restrictive laws. Please check your local laws and regulations before ordering.
Eligibility to Buy Guns
Anyone buying a gun online must pass a National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS Check) before the FFL Dealer can transfer possession to you. In general, to pass the check you must:
· Provide your address, place of birth, height, weight, sex, birth date, ethnicity, and race
· Verify you are:
· Verify you are NOT:
Please note that certain locations maintain stricter eligibility requirements.
State/Local Restrictions for Buying Guns
Some locations have additional restrictions or licensing requirements for gun purchases. Below is a list some of the more common location-specific regulations.
NOTE: This list is provided as a convenience and is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please check all applicable local, state, and federal laws prior to purchasing your gun.
The following states require licensing to purchase any long gun or handgun: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts and New Jersey.
The following states require licensing to purchase handguns: Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York and North Carolina.
Rhode Island requires a mandatory 7 day waiting period for all gun purchases and Handgun Safety Course required for handgun purchases.
In addition to a valid ID, California requires you to have either a Firearms Safety Certificate (FSC) or Handgun Safety Certificate (HSC), depending on the type of gun you’re buying.
California also charges the following fees, on top of any transfer fee the Dealer might charge you:
DROS Fee – $19.00
Firearms Safety Act Fee – $1.00
Safety and Enforcement Fee – $5.00
In addition to a valid, government-issued ID, Illinois requires you to have a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card.
In addition to a valid, government-issued ID, New York requires you to have a License to Carry
In addition to a valid, government-issued ID, Massachusetts requires you to have:
· A Firearms Identification Card (FID)
· A License to Carry
Gun Sales to California
Gun purchases may be shipped to FFL Dealers in California, as long as we have the Dealer’s California Firearms Dealer (CFD) number on file.