INBOUND FIREARM TRANSFERS
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.
$20–$25 INBOUND TRANSFER FEE PER FIREARM/RECEIVER.
OUTBOUND FIREARM TRANSFERS
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. Family Armory would first “receive” the firearm from the customer using the customer’s valid government issued identification, log the firearm, and ship the firearm to the FFL of the customer’s choosing.
$25 OUTBOUND TRANSFER FEE PER FIREARM/RECEIVER.
TRANSFER FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE SHIPPING.
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.
TEXAS STATE REQUIREMENTS
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.
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.