Originally Posted by Librarian
The state isn't doing that - it's the Feds which require that only a FFL holder may receive an interstate transfer. That means the sale is
- Texas-owner to California-FFL, then, in a new sale,
- California-FFL to California buyer
and California certainly, with the current state of the law, can regulate what its state-licensed FFLs can sell.
Federal law 18 USC 922 (a)(3) and (a)(5) have been posted on Calguns a bunch of times, or look it up
I'm aware that the firearm has to go to an FFL, but the FFL isn't selling anything. He is only receiving the firearm per U.S. law. The buyer isn't "importing for sale" etc, but for his (or her) own use.