Fees and FAQs
Unfortunately we have closed off all future FFL transactions (9/13/19). The only FFL we will working on or currently in process transactions.
Any shipped transfers that has not been noted to us after (9/10/19) this date will be sent back. If you have shipped anything before this date and have confirmation from us your shipments will be fine.
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Firearm sales FAQS
Ammunition registration FAQs
California Firearm FAQs
- What is the minimum legal age to purchase a firearm in California?
- 21 years of age for rifles or shotguns. (Exemptions for LE or possession of current hunting license.)
21 years of age for handguns, lower receivers* and “pistol-grip only” shotguns*.
*Federal regulations prohibit the sale of “non-shoulder fired” firearms to persons under the age of 21 (Click here for ATF Newsletter November 2009)
- How long is the waiting period for firearm purchases in California?
- 10 days, calculated as ten, consecutive, 24-hour periods commencing at the initiation of the DROS process. Qualified persons such as peace officers may be exempt from the 10-day waiting period.
- Once the 10-day period has passed, purchasers must pick-up their firearm within 30 days of the initial background check.
- I was notified that my background check status was “undetermined”; what does that mean?
- If the DOJ cannot determine a buyer’s eligibility, they will place a delay on the background check. Typically, those are resolved with an approval, or sometimes with an outright denial, usually within 30 days or sooner. On occasion, the DOJ cannot determine the buyer’s eligibility within 30 days; at that point the background check becomes “undetermined”.
- CA law permits a dealer to cancel the transaction and issue a refund or to deliver the firearm. If your background check status becomes undetermined, we will issue a refund for the firearm and will encourage you to contact CA DOJ in order to learn what created the delay/undetermined status so that you can rectify the issue in order to avoid future occurrences of the same status on future purchases.
- Do I have to pass a background check to purchase ammo?
- Beginning July 1, 2019 customers buying ammo will do so in a manner very similar to the background check on firearms; however, for most customers, there will not be any waiting period on that check. Prior to July 1, customers purchasing ammo will not need to undergo any process, but ammunition can no longer be displayed/stored on the open sales floor.
- Who is prohibited from purchasing or possessing firearms in California?
- Persons convicted of felonies or certain misdemeanors, persons addicted to narcotics, persons adjudicated to be mentally defective, persons who are under the restrictions of a temporary restraining order (domestic violence) are amongst the persons who may not purchase or possess firearms. A very specific list of felony and misdemeanor offenses that prohibit firearms ownership is available here.
- What are the additional requirements necessary for purchasing a firearm?
- Firearms Safety Certificate
- Since Jan. 1, 2015, purchasers must possess a Firearm Safety Certificate (or present a qualifying exemption) to purchase a firearm. You can obtain the FSC by successfully passing the written FSC test. The test consists of 30 questions; passing scores are 23 answers correct or more. The cost of taking the test is $10; upon passing the test, the FSC card costs $15. Study materials will be available online. The test may be taken during normal store hours. The FSC is valid for 5 years from date of issuance. (Persons holding a current HSC (Handgun Safety Certificate) issued before Jan. 1, 2015 will be able to use the HSC for handgun purchases up to the end of the card’s expiration date.)
- Safe Handling Demonstration
- The SHD is a set of firearm handling skills that must be performed by the purchaser with the gun they are purchasing or with a gun of the same model as the one that is being purchased. The skills include checking that the firearm is empty, unlocking it, loading it with a dummy round, then unloading it and relocking it. This demonstration is performed at the time of DROS.
- Proof of Residency (Handgun purchases only)
- CA law mandates that customers purchasing handguns provide proof of residency secondary to a CA Driver’s License or ID card. Utility bills from within the last 90 days, property deeds, lease or rental agreements, or government issued permits, licenses or registrations are acceptable proofs of residency that meet the CA handgun residency requirements.
- The address on my CA Driver’s License has changed or the address is a business address or P.O. Box. Why do I have to provide additional proof of residency if I have already done so in my handgun purchase or if I am purchasing a rifle or shotgun?
- Federal law mandates that a dealer may not sell or transfer a firearm unless the purchaser provides the dealer with a current and valid government-issued picture ID that includes the purchaser’s residence address. If the address on your CA Driver’s license is not current or if the address reflects a business address or P.O. Box, you will be required to provide a government document (such as vehicle) registration that reflects your current residence address.
- Why do I have to buy a gunlock or trigger lock with the purchase of my gun?
- California law requires that all firearms sold, be transferred with a trigger lock, cable lock, qualifying gun cabinet or lock box, or gun safe. These devices may include CA approved trigger/cable locks that come with most new firearms or one that was purchased within the last 30 days, provided that it is accompanied by a receipt.
- State law allows persons who already own a safe or lock box to sign an affidavit attesting to ownership of those devices. However Federal law, which went into effect after the passage of CA law, mandates that a trigger lock accompany any handgun transfer without consideration of CA law. Effectively this means that safe affidavits are no longer acceptable for handgun transfers.
- What if the gun I am purchasing comes with a gunlock, trigger lock or other safety device?
- If the device that comes with your gun is on the “CA approved” list than you will not need to purchase another gunlock or cable.
- Is there a limit to the number of firearms that a person can purchase at one time?
- California law limits the purchase of handguns to no more than one handgun transferred from a dealer to an individual within any 30-day period. Note that firearms transferred between individuals that are transacted through dealers, (known as Private Party Transfers), are exempt from the one-handgun-a-month restriction, as are consignment handgun purchases made from CA dealers.
- California law does not limit the number of long guns (rifles or shotguns) purchased by one person or within any specific time period.
- I am selling my gun to a friend, how do I do it?
- Sales conducted between unlicensed individuals are called Private Party Transfers. PPT’s must be brokered through licensed dealers. Both parties must be present at the time of the sale. The purchaser bears the cost of the transaction ($35 including DOJ and dealer fees) and must meet all the qualifications as outlined above. The firearms will remain at in store during the 10-day waiting period.
- Why are some models of handguns not legal for sale in California?
- CA law dictates that only those guns deemed “not unsafe” may be sold. In order to be listed, handguns must be submitted to the state for testing and must include certain features such as magazine disconnect safeties or loaded chamber indicators. Since July 2013, CA law also requires that handguns imprint a “microscopic array” on fired shell casings in order to be added to the list. At the current time, no new models of handguns feature “microstamping”.
California Ammo Registration FAQs
CA Ammunition Background Check/Registration Begins on July 1, 2019
1. How much will it cost for the “ammunition eligibility check”?
- There are two distinct types of ammo background checks
- The “Standard” ammunition check will cost $1.00 and will apply to persons whose information- including current address- matches an entry in CA DOJ’s “Automated Firearm System” (AFS), and who are not on the DOJ list of “Prohibited Armed Persons.”
- The “Basic” ammunition check will cost $19.00 and will likely be suited for persons who do not have a firearm listed in the AFS system, or those whose current address differs from their address for any gun listed in their name in the AFS system, or those who have undergone a legal name change (due to marriage, divorce or other reasons) that is different than their record(s) in AFS.
Alternately, a person purchasing a firearm may purchase ammunition at the same time and undergo one background check for the gun and ammunition at no additional cost beyond the firearm background check fees.
2. How long will the background check take?
- CA DOJ says the Standard check may be completed in a manner of minutes.
- The Basic check will take an indeterminate amount of time; CA DOJ has not announced a minimum nor a maximum amount of time for this ammo check.
- Yes; there are no restrictions on which calibers/gauges that you can purchase.
- No; there is no limit to the amount of ammunition that can be purchased.
- COE holders are not exempt from the in-store eligibility check, but they can opt for the $1 “COE Verification Process” that is similar to the “standard” ammo background check.
- State, local or federal law enforcement officers are exempt when they show their peace officer credential and a written certification from the head of their agency when purchasing ammunition in store.