How to Buy a Gun Online: Purchase Tips and Advice

How to Buy a Gun Online: Purchase Tips and Advice

Buying a Gun Online FAQs

You can buy anything online, shoes, office supplies, even groceries. But can you buy that shiny new SCCY CPX-2 9mm, or the patriotic FMK carry gun?

In most cases, yes. You can buy a gun online.

Online gun sales are booming. Buying guns online is just as easy as buying anything else online, but there are a few important rules to know. Buying guns online is quick, easy, and usually cheaper than buying at a storefront. But don’t let these easy mistakes cost you more time or money.

Online Gun Buying Tip #1: Know your State’s law.

There are some easy and quick ways to know exactly what your state laws say.

You may have a hard time buying a gun online if you live in:

  • New York
  • Rhode Island
  • Washington D.C.
  • New Jersey
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • Any other state that infringes your 2nd amendment rights

If you do live in one of the previously mentioned states, you may consider moving to the land of the free. If moving isn’t an option, here’s a link to a website about knitting. You’ll like that.

If you purchase a gun that is not legal in your state, you will have a handful of financial fees you’ll be responsible to pay for to get that gun shipped back to the place you bought it from and be expected to pay additional restocking fees. Better safe than sorry, and look it up first.

Why don’t most gun shops ship to California? Will Florida Gun Supply ship to California?

Yes, we can absolutely ship guns to California. In fact, we are one of the only online gun stores that support our brothers and sisters stuck in the People’s Republic of California!

If you live in California, and you want to buy a gun online, you should first:

  1. Read this list of 791 “California compliant handguns” – properly titled the, “Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale
  2. Double check that you are able to OWN a gun in California
  3. Move out of California

Online Gun Buying Tip #2: Remember, you still have to pass a background check.

Federal law says that if you buy a gun from a Federal Firearms Licensed gun dealer (FFL) it must be shipped to another FFL so you can pick it up at a shop near you. When you buy a gun online there is usually a spot for Order Notes where you will put what FFL you want your gun shipped to.

If you’re buying a gun online from us and don’t know exactly where to ship your gun, that’s OK! Buy the gun right now and we’ll help you find a spot to ship it before we send it out.

Online Gun Buying Tip #3: Only YOU can pick up your gun.

For example, In Florida, to buy a handgun, you must be 21 years or older and have either a

  • Florida Drivers License
  • Florida Property Tax in your name
  • Florida Vehicle Registration in your name

Some states require a gun permit or special safety courses before picking up your gun. Make sure that you have the required documentation needed before you buy a gun online.

Buying a Gun Online is Much Easier Than You Think!

Can a gun be shipped to your home? Can you buy a gun anonymously?

Here are some tips and advice for buying from a gun store online.

Can a Gun Store Online Ship a Firearm to My Home?

No. Federal law prevents guns that you buy from an online gun store from being shipped directly to your home.

But don’t worry – it’s easy to buy from a gun store online. All you need to do is find a local gun shop near you to ship your gun to, and you go pick up your gun from them.

It’s that easy!

If you don’t know of a local gun store near you, most gun stores online can help you find a local shop to ship your firearm to. Just ask, and I’m sure they’d be happy to make a list for you.

What are the Benefits to Buying a Gun from an Online Store?

There are quite a few benefits to buying a gun from an online store. Here are the main benefits:

  1. Online gun stores usually have better prices than your local gun stores will. Typically, there is less overhead for the gun store online to deal with.
  2. Most states don’t currently charge sales tax on items you purchase online – which means you can often times get your firearm with no sales tax.
  3. You can join a gun buying club to get wholesale prices on guns for a minimal monthly fee.
  4. Most online gun stores have better selections than a local shop because again, there is less overhead.

Is Buying a Gun from a Store Online Easy?

Of course.

Most gun stores online are as easy to purchase from as any other online retailer – you just add your gun to the shopping cart, enter your information, and check out.

The gun store online will then contact you about your order. They might confirm the purchase you made, and they’ll definitely ask you where you want the gun shipped to.

Ammunition and accessories can ship directly to your home.

How Much is Shipping from a Gun Store Online?

Florida Gun Supply always has free shipping on all of our products – including our guns.

We find it a lot easier to handle shipping when it is absolutely free – and everyone loves free stuff!

Will My Local Gun Store Charge Me a Fee for Transferring the Firearm?

Yes. All local gun stores that will accept transfers will charge you a fee. Generally, this fee ranges from $20-$40 bucks.

If your local gun store charges more than $40 dollars, you should probably find another shop to deal with.

Do I Need to Pass a Background Check to Pick Up My Gun?

Yes. You’ll be required to fill out form 4473 at the local gun shop and a background check will be completed within 5 minutes.


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Comments (6)

  • Tori Raddison Reply

    It makes sense that some states require you to have a gun permit before you pick up a new gun. If just anyone could buy a gun, that would probably be bad. I’ll make sure I have the proper paperwork and certifications to get a gun.

    February 10, 2020 at 11:29 am
  • Phil Bottitta Reply

    Do I need to do another background check if I already have a concealed carry permit to purchase a pistol in Florida

    April 20, 2020 at 3:37 pm
    • Phil Bottitta Reply

      In my post I failed to mention do I have to do another background check to purchase a pistol online in Florida

      April 20, 2020 at 3:43 pm
    • Joe Reply

      From the FDLE webpage

      “ There is no limit to the number of firearms that may be transferred in a single transaction. The transaction is considered complete once the dealer has completed and signed the ATF Form 4473. An additional transfer (whether minutes later, the next day, or the next month) requires an additional background check”

      So I’d assume so

      March 24, 2021 at 9:37 am
  • Tyler Kline Reply

    When does the 3-day waiting. Begin when you buy a handgun online is it at the time of money being transferred or is it at the time when you go to the FFL dealer and fill out the transfer paperwork I read conflicting statements on this and it’s very confusing any help in this would be greatly appreciated

    May 4, 2020 at 9:38 pm
  • David Reply

    If I had a felony dui from 2008 . Will that stop me from purchasing a shot gun

    August 7, 2020 at 2:06 pm

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