Q: What is an FFL? A: In the world of firearms, "FFL" stands for Federal Firearms License or Federal Firearms Licensee. When you come across this term, it generally refers to an individual or business entity authorized by a Federal Firearms License to legally engage in buying, selling, trading, and transferring firearms. This includes local gun shops, gun clubs, gun ranges, pawn shops, and online firearms retailers like us at GrabAGun.com. FFL holders can also facilitate firearm transfers.
When you make a firearm purchase from us, we'll ship it to the FFL Dealer you choose during checkout. They will assist you in completing ATF paperwork, conducting background checks, and managing the legal transfer of the firearm into your possession, which must be done in person.
Here's what you need to know when considering an FFL dealer:
Transfer Fees: Most FFL dealers charge a transfer fee for their services. These fees can vary significantly, so it's crucial to inquire about the fee amount before designating an FFL for your purchase. We recommend comparing fees from multiple dealers in your area.
Location: Some FFL dealers operate out of their homes, while others have traditional business locations. Choose a location that aligns with your comfort level. You can usually verify this information online.
Research: To help you find nearby FFL options, use our FFL Locator tool. This tool shows a list of FFL dealers near you who have their FFL license on file with us. It's best to search using your zip code or town name.
Contact FFL Dealers: Reach out to FFL dealers you're considering to gather more information. Ask about transfer fees, firearm types they handle, and their willingness to conduct the transfer for your specific purchase.
Special Considerations: Keep in mind that some FFL dealers might only handle transfers for family and friends, or only for specific firearm types. Thoroughly discuss your plans with them to ensure a smooth process.
In a nutshell, we strongly advise connecting with potential FFL dealers before making a purchase. Confirm that they are currently performing transfers, have reasonable fees, and are equipped to handle the specific firearm you intend to buy. Finding a dealer that is accessible, accommodating, and matches your needs is key to a successful transaction.
Texas Residents: If you live close to Coppell, TX, you can select Grabagun.com as your FFL dealer during checkout. This saves you transfer and shipping fees for purchases made from us. We don't charge transfer or shipping fees for firearms picked up at our storefront. You'll be notified when your firearm is ready for pickup.
We're dedicated to making your firearm purchase experience as informed and hassle-free as possible. If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out to us at any time.