How do I BUY A GUN?
Frequently Asked Questions: How do I BUY A GUN?
Simple answers for simple questions
California requires substantially all firearms transfers to take place at a CA-licensed FFL. Other states allow “face to face” (FTF) transfers, but California does not.
There are two general methods to buy a gun: Dealer Sale, the topic here, and Private Party Sale (see that article).
California FFLs are highly regulated.
Every firearms transfer to non-licensed persons has some common factors:
- DROS and 4473 paperwork are both required.
- Dealer fees and the purchase price are both required.
- Unless the buyer is exempt, a 10 calendar-day wait is required before delivery.
- During that 10 days, CA-DOJ will perform the background check.
- Before delivery, the buyer must have an appropriate safety device.
FOR LONG GUNS
- The buyer must provide proof of identity
- DROS is simple; no firearm identification information is recorded.
- Either a lock or the California Safe Affidavit is acceptable.
FOR HAND GUNS
- Unless the buyer is exempt, or the handgun is one of the exempted models/kinds, a handgun must be on the Roster.
- Unless the buyer is exempt, he must have a Handgun Safety Certificate.
- The buyer must provide proof of identity AND proof of California residency.
- Identifying information is recorded: handguns are registered to the buyers.
- Unless the buyer is exempt, the buyer must perform a handling demonstration.
- FEDERAL law, as currently enforced by BATFE, will not allow the California Safe Affidavit as a substitute for a lock.