FFL and Transfers

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Texas Gun Experience is offering FFL transfers at this time.

Simply email the seller’s information (name, email & phone) to: [email protected] and we’ll handle the rest.

For additional information and assistance, give us a call: 817-285-0664

If you would like to help with the FFL transfer process, and know the next steps, contact us for a copy of our FFL.

Regular FFL Processing – Transfers are processed within 48 hours of arriving at our facility on a first delivered – first served basis.

*If you need your item processed faster, please look into our Expedited FFL Processing.

Expedited FFL Processing – Transfers that need to be processed as soon as possible can have this arranged if tracking information is provided for an additional fee. Email [email protected] to coordinate.

Private Sale Background Checks – Helps make a private sale more secure. Sell a gun to someone you know by ensuring they are eligible to purchase a firearm in Texas and finalize the transaction in our secure environment.

INBOUND FFL STORAGE POLICY 1. All inbound FFL transfers to Texas Gun Experience are expected to be picked up within 30 days, unless express arrangements are made in writing via this e-mail. 2. All inbound FFL transfers that have not been picked up within 30 days will be subject to a storage fee of $20 per serialized item, per month or any part of a month thereafter. 3. Any FFL transfers that have not been picked up within 90 days will become the property of Texas Gun Experience, and may be subject to being sold to cover storage and other expenses, without compensation to the transferee. NOTE: While this policy does NOT apply to NFA transfer items during the waiting period while pending tax stamp approval by the ATF, it DOES apply to inbound NFA items if the process has NOT been started (IE. NFA transfer fee paid & tax stamp purchased).

Common Questions:

What are FFL Transfers?

The change of possession of a firearm from an FFL to another FFL or a person/customer (non-FFL) is called a Firearm Transfer. The person or entity receiving the gun is the Transferee.

Any changing of possession of any item is transferring the item, however, the term “transfer,” when used with firearms, almost always means processing the gun through a licensed FFL dealer to a transferee as part of a firearm transaction.

This started with the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA), firearms that travel interstate (across state lines) must be transferred using a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL). This is true even if the purchaser has a handgun or firearm permit. This means that firearm transactions (gift, loan, sale, etc.) that happen within the same state don’t require an FFL.

If you want to loan/gift/sell a firearm to your friend while you are both residents of the same state (and while you’re both in that state), you don’t need to use an FFL under federal law, your state, however, may have additional requirements.

When an FFL is used to transfer a firearm, the FFL will acquire (receive) the firearm onto the FFL’s records from an individual (seller) or another FFL (manufacturer or another dealer). Then, the FFL will dispose (give) the firearm to another FFL or to an individual. That entire transaction is a “firearm transfer.”

What are NFA Transfers?

NFA items or NFA Firearms, like silencers, short barreled rifles, etc. need to be transferred to an FFL that is also an SOT. Despite a lot of people using the term, there is really no such thing as a Class 3 License but rather an FFL dealer (usually a type 1 FFL) with a Class 3 SOT who will conduct the NFA transfer for the NFA item

What is the FFL Transfer Process?

When you purchase a firearm from an FFL dealer, you will need to have the firearm transferred to you.

If you are not an FFL holder (i.e. you don’t have your own FFL), then you, as the buyer, will need to go to the FFL dealer’s licensed premises to fill out an ATF Form 4473 (and other required paperwork in some states) and satisfy the background check requirements (typically a NICS background check).

The exception to this is you may have the gun (and any additional firearm you purchase) transferred to you at another location as long as it is a “qualifying event” like a gunshow.

As the buyer, you may have to rely on the dealer to know whether the location/event is legitimate.

The place of purchase is not necessarily an issue like the place of transfer is. For example, it is perfectly legal to purchase the gun online as long as it is shipped to an ffl dealer where you go to have it transferred to you.

Buying a Firearm – Transfer Process

Here are the steps to transferring a firearm as a buyer.

  • Step 1 – Find a local FFL

    Whether you want to buy a gun in-person or online, you are going to need to find a local gun dealer. If you’re buying in-person, you’ll be able to purchase or order in their store. If you’re buying online (or having it shipped from another FFL), you need to make sure that the FFL is willing to conduct the transfer. Also, if you’re having the gun sent to the FFL dealer, you need to see if they have any special rules to follow (transfer form to fill out) and what their transfer fee is. It’s a good idea to let them know what to expect if you already know what you’ll be transferring. If you need help finding a local FFL, we cover that below.

  • Step 2 – Purchase the Firearm

    Before a transfer can take place, you must purchase the firearm. You can either do this in the gun store or online. If you purchase the item online, you’re going to need to ship it to the ffl dealer you’ve found.

  • Step 3 – Transfer the Firearm

    When you are on-site at the dealer’s location (or at a gun show), you start the transfer process by filling out the customer portion of the ATF Form 4473. Take your time, read the questions, and answer honestly. Common mistakes are including “USA” as the country instead of your county (e.g. Tarrant or Dallas) as required for your address and/or failing to answer all of the yes/no questions. Once you have completed the form, you will hand the form and your government issued photo ID (don’t forget this) or LTC card to the gun store employee and they’ll complete their portion of the form and run the NICS background check (unless you qualify for an exemption). Once approved, the transfer is complete and the gun is yours.

Selling a Firearm – Transfer Process

Here are the steps to transferring a firearm as a seller.

  • Step 1 – Sell the Firearm

    The first step, obviously, is to sell the firearm. If you sell the firearm online (like on gunbroker, for example), be sure you’ve received payment for the firearm before continuing.

  • Step 2 – Gather Recipient FFL details

    You will need to obtain a copy of the FFL license for the destination for the firearm. As you can see above, the buyer will need to select an FFL that will transfer the gun to them in-person (unless they are already an FFL themselves). You should use the ATF FFL eZ Check system to confirm the validity of the FFL and address. There is a scam where they send a fake copy to get you to send a gun to a non-ffl – do not fall for this! You may only legally ship a firearm across state lines to a valid FFL.

  • Step 3 – Ship the Firearm

    Package the firearm and include a copy of your driver’s license so that the receiving FFL can properly record where the firearm came from. Bring the item(s) to the Texas Gun Experience and we will help you to ship the item to the FFL.

What are the Firearm Transfer Rules

The FFL needs to know where the firearm is coming from to properly log it into the FFL’s records. The ATF requires that FFLs maintain a book with all acquisitions and dispositions in a book called the, you guessed it, Acquisition and Disposition Book (A&D).

If you are an individual sending a firearm to an FFL to be transferred, then you should include a copy of your driver’s license in with the firearm so that the FFL can record your name and address. You may not like it, but it’s a requirement that the FFL knows this information.

You should also contact the FFL prior to sending the firearm. After all, the FFL will need to know what to do with the firearm once they receive it. Often, FFLs will just ask you to write the name and contact information of who it is supposed to go to but sometimes they’ll have a form for you to print and fill-in.

If the FFL is transferring the firearm to an individual (either the person buying your gun or you if the transfer is for your gun), then a ATF Form 4473 and NICS background check (with some exceptions) must be completed. This form is the paperwork you fill out whenever you buy a gun from an FFL – it includes your information and answers to questions confirming that you aren’t a prohibited person.

For long-guns (rifles and shotguns), the FFL can transfer the firearm to a resident of any state as long as it’s legal in both states. Handguns, however, can only be transferred to residents of the state where the FFL is located.

Because you can only ship a firearm across state lines to an FFL, you should ALWAYS get a copy of the recipient FFL before you ship the firearm! Once you get a copy, I highly recommend that you use the ATF’s FFL E-Z Check system. It’s not a requirement but it ensures that you didn’t get a fraudulent copy, a fake address, or a surrendered FFL (after it was copied).

Who is a Prohibited Person?

The definition of who is a prohibited person includes many categories of people. The definition of a “prohibited person” is included below. Some categories, like “felons,” are simple. If someone is a felon, then they are prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition. Other categories, however, aren’t so clear and have specific details which are included below.

A “prohibited person” is anyone who:
  • Is a felon,
  • has been convicted of any crime punishable by more than a year in prison (whether they were ever sentenced to or served a day in prison or not),
  • is under indictment for any crime punishable by more than a year in prison,
  • is a fugitive,
  • is an unlawful user of any controlled substance,
  • has been adjudicated as a mental defective,
  • has been committed to a mental institution,
  • is an illegal alien,
  • has a dishonorable discharge from the military,
  • has renounced their U.S. citizenship,
  • is the subject of a restraining order restraining the person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner or the child of an intimate partner, or
  • who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.

How to find an FFL for a Transfer

How you do this will depend on whether you are the person shipping/giving-up the firearm or the person receiving it.

If you’re making the firearm shipment to someone else, you should have them pick the FFL they want to use and have that FFL send you instructions and a copy of their FFL before shipment.

If you’re receiving the firearm, find a nearby FFL that you like working with and let them know that you’re expecting a transfer – include the description of the firearm and the sender’s information so that they can call you when your firearm arrives.

Here’s a slick resource for finding an FFL: FFLGunDealers.net

Some dealers will have a transfer form that you can fill out to make the process easier for both of you. The transfer form will usually have the serial number of the transferred firearm, the ffl information for the shipping ffl, and your personal details.

It will also typically list their transfer policy. This might include how long the firearm can wait for you before they might charge you a storage fee.

What is the FFL Transfer Fee?

Your local FFL (the receiving FFL) is likely to charge an FFL Transfer fee to cover their time and any costs in that state for the NICS background check.

FFL Transfers fees depend on your local gun dealer.

Transfer fees at Texas Gun Experience are:

  • Handguns and Long guns – Regular Processing $45 per item
  • Handguns and Long guns – Expedited Processing: $60 per item
  • NFA Items: $100 per item
  • Background Checks for 1 on 1 sales: $45 each

You should ALWAYS ask your FFL what their transfer fees are before you pick that FFL.

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