If you’re looking to purchase a firearm, you might be able to find a great deal at a pawn shop. As long as the shop is licensed to sell firearms, you can often find a range of them, from hunting rifles to handguns.
But just like any other firearms retailer, there are rules and regulations surrounding the purchase of a firearm at a pawn shop. Here are some details on how to purchase a gun in Olathe, KS.
What is an FFL?
FFL stands for Federal Firearm Licensee. Every retailer that sells firearms needs this in order to be able to legally sell them or transfer them to another retailer.
An FFL transfer is the change in possession of a firearm. This can be from one retailer to another, or from a retailer to a private party. This is known as an FFL transfer process.
An FFL transfer process in Olathe, KS involves a set of federal rules from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF):
- Keeping track: Firearms sales must be recorded in the proper manner and the appropriate paperwork must be filled out.
- Background check: A federal background check must be passed for all sales of a firearm.
- Paperwork: The customer purchasing a firearm must fill out the proper paperwork, including ATF Form 4473.
When do you need an FFL transfer?
The process above has several steps, but it’s always required for purchase of a firearm from a retailer. An FFL transfer is necessary anytime a firearm is purchased from a Federal Firearm Licensee (a retailer), or when a firearm is shipped across state lines to a private buyer or another FFL.
An FFL transfer may not be necessary when the sale of a firearm is between two private parties, but this varies depending on state law. Sometimes a state will require an FFL transfer for private party sales as well as FFL sales.
FFL transfer details
When you purchase a firearm, it must be registered to you, and only you, as part of the FFL transfer process. This includes purchases made online from FFL retailers.
If you purchase a firearm online from an FFL retailer, they cannot ship it to you directly. It must be shipped to another FFL retailer near you. You can pick it up there and complete the FFL transfer process.
If you purchase a firearm from a private party in your state, an FFL transfer may not be required (again, state laws do vary in this area). However, if you purchase a firearm from anyone out of state, whether it is a private party or an FFL retailer, an FFL transfer will be required.
The FFL transfer process may seem complicated, but an FFL retailer will be able to assist you with all the steps and walk you through the paperwork and other requirements.
When you’re looking for great deals on firearms in Olathe, KS, visit Harrison Street Pawn today to check out our selection. We’re an FFL retailer and would love to help you find what you’re looking for!