We have made it easier for sellers to obtain the information they need in order to ship online purchases to Family Armory. Please refer sellers to this firearm transfer page so that they know how to interact with us to ensure customer satisfaction.



  • Use FedEx

  • or UPS.

    USPS does not deliver to premises address. Additional trip fee will be assessed.

Verify our FFL


Publishing a full FFL license online is not recommended because of the potential exposure to image manipulation software. It is recommended for those holding a  valid FFL to verify the license presented through the ATF’s Federal Firearms License Search website before shipping firearms to one another.


Family Armory’s policy is to accept transfers from those entities holding a verifiable FFL. As we cannot determine the authenticity of government issued identification – such as a driver’s license or identification card – without the holder’s physical presence in our store, we will not accept transfers from private citizens through the mail. We encourage private citizens to ship their firearms through their local FFL as the local FFL will confirm the identity and validity of their government issued identification.



When a customer requests an “inbound transfer” to Family Armory, it means that the customer has purchased a firearm elsewhere and wants their purchase shipped to Family Armory. Family Armory would then “receive” the transfer, log the firearm, process the required federal paperwork, and ensure that the buyer meets federal and state requirements before releasing the firearm to the original buyer.


  • per Firearm transfer
  • or per Receiver transfer
  • $20.00 ea. for annual members


  • One-time acquisition fee assessed in addition to transfer fee
  • USPS does not deliver to Family Armory’s premises address!
  • A Family Armory employee will need to make a special trip to the post office to acquire the transfer


  1. Ensure that you meet all federal and state requirements for your purchase.
    • For example, Texas residency as proven with a valid non-expired government issued identification, such as a Texas ID, Texas DL, or Texas LTC, is required for all handgun transfers (and receiver transfers) for those 21+. 18+ individuals qualify for long gun transfers. See ATF requirements.
  2. Purchase your firearm online.
  3. Communicate with the seller that you desire for your purchase to be sent to Family Armory.
    • Send a message to the seller asking them to read Family Armory’s Transfer Information.
    • Make sure that the seller will ship using either FedEx or UPS for shipping to avoid the USPS acquisition fee.
    • The seller will contact Family Armory and we will exchange FFL information with the seller. Family Armory accepts transfers from other FFLs only – not from private citizens without a FFL.
      • Note: On Family Armory’s FFL, we have it written that all shipments to Family Armory be made using UPS or FedEx. If using UPS or FedEx is not feasible, then the seller should contact the buyer to arrange a different FFL for transfer. Family Armory discourages using USPS.
    • The seller will provide your contact information to Family Armory.
  4. We will contact you after we receive and process the transfer.
    • Please allow 2 business days for us to process your transfer.
    • Just because you receive a shipping notification that your transfer has been delivered does not mean that your transfer is ready to pick up. In addition to multiple transfers, we receive daily replenishment inventory that also has to be checked in. Please be patient.
  5. Come to Family Armory to do the Federal 4473 paperwork.
    • Bring valid non-expired government issued identification that has a picture and a current residence address. We cannot accept government issued IDs that list a PO Box for the address.
    • The individual listed as the buyer must be the same person filling out the Federal 4473 paperwork in order to prevent a straw purchase.



When a customer wants to do an "outbound transfer" from Family Armory, it means that the customer wants their firearm shipped from Family Armory to a different FFL. Before any outbound transfer can begin, Family Armory must have the chosen destination FFL on file. It is the customer's responsibility to place the receiving FFL in contact with Family Armory in order for the two FFLs to exchange license information.


Note: The firearm that you are sending must be legal in the state where the firearm will be sent. (For example, some states or jurisdictions do not allow firearms with a magazine capacity exceeding 10 rounds. This means that Family Armory cannot ship an AR rifle with a 30-round magazine to California; Family Armory cannot send a pistol with a 17-Round magazine to Colorado for example.) Family Armory cannot send a firearm to another state when that firearm violates that particular state’s law.

  1. Contact Family Armory beforehand to provide the email address of the receiving FFL. Family Armory transfers firearms to those individuals or businesses in possession of a valid FFL. We do not ship firearms to private citizens without them having a FFL.
    • Family Armory and the receiving FFL will need to exchange licenses prior to shipment.
  2. Bring your boxed firearm(s) to our store in an appropriate UNSEALED shipping container.
    • Do not expect us to have empty shipping boxes on site as we have limited space.
    • We need to record the firearm serial #, the caliber, the barrel length, type of firearm, manufacturer, manufacturer part #, and UPC.
    • You need to bring your valid non-expired government issued identification with you.
    • Family Armory is not responsible for damage resulting from shipping.
  3. Pay the associated fee(s).
    • Transfer fee(s).
    • Shipping fee(s).
  4. We will send an email to both you and the receiving FFL with tracking numbers provided to us by either FedEx or UPS.
  5. We reserve the right to adjust shipping fees in light of the shipping weight, e.g., it will cost more to ship a 100# firearm than it will to ship a 5# firearm.
  6. Ammo cannot be shipped in same container as firearms.
Contact Family Armory


  • per firearm
  • or per Receiver transfer
  • $20.00 ea. for annual members
  • *Fee Waived when firearm is purchased from Family Armory or from oTactical.**Shipping fee still applies.*


  • Please provide a shipping box to us.
  • Does not include receiving fee.


  • Please provide a shipping box to us.
  • Does not include receiving fee.



The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives — the BATFE or ATF — regulates the sale or transfer of firearms in the United States. The Federal Bureau of Investigations — the FBI — conducts background checks on individuals to determine if firearm purchasers are prohibited or non-prohibited from possessing a gun. These two federal agencies work together in order to protect the public from those who would harm the homeland or its citizens, while at the same time ensuring that those wanting to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights are able to do so. To this end, there are certain laws regulating the firearms business in place that must be followed when purchasing a firearm from a licensed dealer, such as Family Armory.

For example, the ATF states that there are certain people who cannot legally receive or possess firearms and/or ammunition. Additionally, the ATF spells out age requirements for buying a handgun, long gun, and associated ammunition, and residency requirements, e.g., generally speaking, a person wanting to purchase a firearm must be a resident of the state in which the sale is to take place (which is proven with a form of state government issued identification, such as a driver’s license).

At the end of the day, it is your personal responsibility to ensure that you meet all federal and state requirements for purchasing firearms and ammunition.




State requirements tend to flesh out the federal residency requirements for purchasing firearms. Since the driver’s license is the most common method for purchasers to prove their state residency, we believe it necessary to remind potential customers about what TxDPS has to say about the Texas Driver’s License. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety’s website on moving to Texas:

New Texas residents can legally drive with a valid, unexpired driver license from another U.S. state, U.S. territory, Canadian province, or qualifying country for up to 90 days after moving to Texas.

Prior to the end of the 90 day grace period, a new Texas resident must apply for a Texas license in person at any driver license office to continue to drive legally. When applying for the new Texas license the individual must surrender any unexpired driver license in their possession from another U.S. state, U.S. territory or a Canadian province.

TxDPS Online

Thanks to the proliferation of the internet, it’s now easier than ever to purchase firearms online. Despite the ease and convenience of buying firearms online, however, Federal law still requires that form 4473 be filled at the time of final transfer. When purchasing a firearm from a licensed dealer — whether the purchase is from a brick and mortar store or the purchase is from an online site who ships to a brick and mortar store — the final process of transferring a firearm will involve the buyer providing information on Federal form 4473. After the dealer has determined that the buyer meets the legal criteria to own a firearm and after the buyer has filled the form, the dealer will process the form. Unless an individual is lawfully exempt from a background check, i.e., the buyer possess a Texas License to Carry, the dealer will conduct a background check through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) as part of the process.

Even though it is easy enough to purchase a firearm online, sometimes problems arise later in the process. Imagine a situation where a customer purchases a gun online, has it shipped, but NICS returns a “denied” response during the background check. Under Federal law, the dealer cannot proceed to transfer the firearm, even though the customer has already paid for it. In this instance, the customer is left with a few limited options. The first option for the customer who is denied would be to file a NICS Appeal. However, it can take months for a resolution. The second option for the customer would be to pay a shipping fee at the place of transfer in order to have the firearm sent back to the seller for a refund. But this second option depends on the online seller’s return policies. The transfer dealer cannot allow those associated with the original denied buyer to acquire the firearm on behalf of the denied buyer because this would be considered an illegal straw purchase. Purchasing a firearm on behalf of an individual who is otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm is illegal. Don’t do it.

While convenient, buying a firearm online is not without risks. It is the buyer’s ultimate responsibility to meet Federal and state residency requirements, Federal identification requirements, and all the other legal requirements to possess a firearm regardless of where it is purchased. To make the final transferring of firearms easy and quick, Family Armory recommends that individuals obtain the Texas License to Carry beforehand in order to avoid delays.