THE ONLINE PROCESS
STEPS TO BUYING A GUN ONLINE
Once you’ve picked out your gun on Summit Gun Broker’s website, and you have completed your purchase, remember that the company will not send the gun directly to your doorstep in the mail.
To pick up your firearm, you will need to find a local dealer with a Federal Firearms License (FFL). Any reputable gun store in your area will work just fine.
Even some pawn shops and collectors may have them, so all you have to do is ask around a little bit.
Contact Summit Gun Broker and let them know which local FFL you wish them to ship the gun to.
After the gun arrives at the FFL, the process becomes the same as buying in person.
If you would like to keep the process as speedy as possible, set up your FFL pickup location before you even order your weapon.
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Contact your local FFL
Inform them that you would like to have your firearm shipped to their store for pickup (tell the FFL if the gun is coming from an outside source, Summit Gun Broker)
Ask them about their fee for providing the pickup service (usually around $25-75, but it varies depending on the state and individual FFL)
If you agree with the fee, arrange the transfer
Provide your local FFL with our mailing address, email address, so that the FFL can send proof of their license (we will likely will have your FFL on file since this only has to be done once until it expires)
Let us know who your FFL is and the address to which they will be sending the gun
To give you a fair warning, some FFL holders hate it when you buy your gun online since they lose out on the margin of the actual gun and time spent helping you transfer, so research and ask around your area to find the most accommodating FFL.
Some states like California will also still collect taxes on your firearm through the FFL.
Some will try to make up the lost profit with higher fees. But I can’t really blame them…
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DO YOU NEED A BACKGROUND CHECK?
Of course you do.
Your local FFL dealer will conduct a background check on you before you can complete the transaction to make sure that everything is on the up and up. This is no different than if you were to walk into a store to purchase your gun in person.
Background Check, fbi.gov
There are just a few things that would prevent you from purchasing a firearm.
Not to get too serious on you, but if you meet any of the following conditions, you will not be legally allowed to purchase a firearm, and your local FFL dealer will deny the purchase:
You were convicted of a crime punishable with over a year in prison
You’re a fugitive from justice
You are an unlawful user or addict of any controlled substance
You are in the United States illegally
You were dishonorably discharged from the military
You have renounced your United States citizenship
You have a restraining order out against you
You are under indictment for a crime that could be punishable with over a year in prison
As long as you have lived a relatively normal, lawful life, you will not be turned away.
ONE LAST THING
Even though you’re going to be excited to get your gun home for the first time and to the range or farmland, do not exit the dealer until you have fully inspected the gun to make sure that there are no damaged parts.
If you do find damaged parts in your new gun, refuse the transfer, and make the FFL aware of your problem. Summit Gun Broker will quickly arrange to have you get your money back, or firearm replaced at no cost.