View Full Version : making an out of state purchase

03-25-2005, 2:13 PM
OK, I have found a nice deal on a pistol on the approved list for a price that won't be beat. Even with my FFL's $80 transfer fee and shipping, I will beat his price by $150.

That being said and done, I am wondering about the steps to complete the process.

My understanding of the process is:

1) Pay for said pistol, get serial #, and get senders FFL information

2) Go to local FFL with above information, pay fee/fine, start DROS paperwork

3) Local FFL sends shipping FFL their paperwork.

4) Seller sends pistol.

5) On receipt, I return to local FFL to begin DROS and start 10 day wait (or would the serial # information allow the FFL to start DROS?)

Just wondering if my information/understanding of the process is correct.


03-25-2005, 2:17 PM
The DROS would start after your dealer, the one in California who will effect the transfer, receives the pistol.

03-25-2005, 2:28 PM
1. Find out if your receiving dealer is going to require a FFL from the shipper.
2. Make sure the shipper will provide a FFL copy if required.
3. Send the payment along with a copy of the receiving dealers FFL.
4. When the gun is received by your dealer, you can start the DROS.

03-25-2005, 2:57 PM

03-26-2005, 2:26 PM
Just thought I'd add my experiences, for what they're worth.

So far, I have bought and sold one handgun each within this state.
I have purchased from out-of-state, one handgun and one rifle.

Pretty much, each time I made the deal I did it like this...
I have the other party give me the name and contact info of their FFL.
If this is a big store where the other party might not be known personally, I ask that he/she make contact with one employee (able to do the paperwork) and provide me with their name.

I contact this employee/FFL and get their address for my FFL to send papers to.

As far as money and the gun itself...
I have been successful at getting the other party to agree to this deal -
If I'm buying, I send half the asking price to the seller's FFL.
When the seller get the money, they do what they have to and forward the gun to my FFL with the understanding that I have X number of days to look over the gun with the option of backing out on the deal.
If I feel the need to fire the gun, I get permission from the seller before the deal moves forward.
If I decide to keep the gun, I send the rest of the money to the seller or their FFL.
If I do not decide to keep it, I pay to have it shipped back, I pay for the original shipping out to my FFL, and the seller sends back the balance of the money I forwarded to them.

If I'm selling, I usually offer the same deal.

Four sales/purchases and no problems yet.

03-26-2005, 4:34 PM
I have done a couple of these and the last handgun I purchased was sent directly from the seller to the my local FFL address. No out of state FFL involved.

I get my hands on the gun in about another week! http://calguns.net/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

My local FFL only charges $55 for an out of state transfer. http://www.calguns.net/laughroll.gif

03-27-2005, 8:38 AM
Some California FFL's will not receive from non-FFL's. It is wise to check first.

03-27-2005, 5:52 PM
I use Whittier Jewelry and Loan (in Whittier) for all my out of state transfers. He has no problem sending a copy of his FFL to whomever will be shipping the gun, and has no problem receiving and DROSing out of state guns (as long as they're on the DOJ list) from private parties or FFLs.