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Anyone can access the Internet right now and find his or her ideal firearm on any number of online websites. With a few clicks of your mouse, you can purchase a firearm on the Internet and it will be on its way to you. However, there are a few common misconceptions that come along with buying firearms onlineäóîfor example: do you think any one can buy firearms online, including fugitives?

1.You Can Get Any Gun You Want Delivered to Your Doorstep

If you purchase a firearm online, then the gun will never be sent directly to your doorstepäóîever. Guns will always be sent to a FFL dealer of your choosing. This means the dealer must hold a FFL (Federal Firearms License). When the dealer receives your order, you will be required to fill out a Form 4473 and undergo a background check before obtaining your firearm.

This applies to purchases made from online gun stores and there are zero exceptions; however, if you find a firearm for sale on an online marketplace or auction website and you complete a private transaction offline, then there are ways to receive firearms directly on your doorstep. For example, If you complete a private transaction with a person who lives in the same state as you, then in some states you can send and receive direct shipments. However, some states, like California, require every sale and/or transfer, even private transactions, go through a FFL dealer.

Furthermore, if you hold a C&R (Curio & Relic) license, then you can buy C&R firearms online and have them shipped to your door. C&R firearms are older than 50 years and usually have some historical significance. This license is for people who collect and/or refinish C&R firearms. Also, if you ship your weapon to its manufacturer for repairs, then the manufacturer can ship the weapon back to you directly.

2. Anyone Can Buy a Gun Online

This misconception goes hand in hand with the previous misconception. Yes, anyone can buy a gun online, but that doesnäó»t mean anyone can get a gun from buying it online. Why? Because simply buying a gun online is not enough to get your hands on a gun. Every person who purchases a firearm online must fill out necessary paperwork, be of proper age, undergo a background check, and have money to buy a gun and ammunition. The only way to avoid a background check is to complete a private transaction with a person who lives in the same state as youäóîand even this, in some states, requires a background check and must be completed through a FFL dealer.

3. You Donäó»t Need a Background Check

If you want to buy a gun online, then get your facts straight before you do it. Itäó»s easy to find whatever gun you want to purchase on the Internet. And whether you find a gun on an online gun dealeräó»s website, an online marketplace, or an auction site, itäó»s tough to escape a background check. As said before, the only way to do so is to complete a private sale, but private sales arenäó»t considered online sales.

When you buy a gun online, you will undergo a background check from NICS at the FFL dealer when you go to pick up your firearm.

How to Buy a Firearm Online

You can buy a gun online right now. All you need to do is find the gun you want, provide an up-to-date copy of the dealeräó»s FFL, and complete the order. Then, what you can expect next, when you pick up the firearm at the FFL dealeräó»s location is to fill out the Form 4473 and undergo a background check. This is the case every time you buy a firearm online (unless you are buying a C&R firearm and you have the proper license to do soäóîthen it can be shipped to your home).

Before You Buy a Firearm Online

What weäó»ve established thus far is: a) no, you cannot buy a gun online and have it shipped to your home; b) yes, anyone can buy a gun online, but this does not mean anyone can obtain a gun; c) a background check is always required for firearm purchases made on the Internet.

What you need to know before buying a firearm online is what to expect from the entire process. Be aware of federal, state, and local laws applicable to you based on where you live so you can understand what firearms and accessories you are allowed to legally own in your state. This will save you the hassle of buying items that you will not be permitted to obtain. Familiarize yourself with what prevents people from purchasing firearms. You can learn more about federal, state, and local gun laws on Also, be aware of specific regulations for your state, because firearms laws, such as maximum magazine capacity and gun types permitted, differ state-to-state. Additionally, be aware of specific laws regarding private gun sales, because there are some states that require background checks, and know what paperwork and processes are required by FFL dealers (including transfer fees) so you are do not experience anything unexpected when you go to pick up your gun.

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Visit today to view our full selection of firearms, ammunition, and accessories. You can learn more about the online gun buying process on our website and check out federal and state laws applicable to where you live, as well. If you have questions about how to buy a gun online or how to determine which firearm is right for your intended purpose, then do not hesitate to call us today at 402-875-6500. You can also reach us with questions by filling out our online contact form and weäó»ll be in touch soon.