Buying guns off the internet


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TheLastBoyScout
December 30, 2002, 04:13 PM
If I want to buy a gun from an internet dealer, and have it shipped to a FFL, what's the step by step procedure I'd have to follow? Would I have to pay sales tax?

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WonderNine
December 30, 2002, 04:23 PM
You shouldn't have to pay sales tax if the firearm is coming from another state (or if you live in Montana regardless :D ).

Just go to your FFL and say that you need an FFL copy for a gun transfer. They get you one and ask for your contact info. They'll either charge you there or charge you when the gun comes in. My FFL charges me $15 when the gun comes in and runs the background check and then I'm off with my new toy. Oh yes, after you get the FFL mail it to the gun dealer or person you bought the gun from along with payment. Then they send you your gun.

clange
December 30, 2002, 04:24 PM
I'm not sure but i only think you pay sales tax if its in your state, if at all. As for the rest you just need a local FFL to handle the transfer to you.

Edit: 9 beat me :)

Hkmp5sd
December 30, 2002, 10:17 PM
If you are buying from an "internet dealer" (someone that does mail order business in various states), they *may* be required to collect sales tax for the sale.

Otherwise, the only tax you should have to pay is the cost of the FFL doing the transfer, provided that is taxable in your state. In Florida, there is a "services" tax on stuff like barbers, pool cleaners, gardners, etc. The state just can't stand seeing something get by without a tax on it.

raz-0
December 31, 2002, 12:53 AM
This is what has worked for me in various forms.

before I found a decent FFL holder in my area, and wasn't concerned too much about the "right now tax"

1) find a gun I want to buy.

2) pay for the gun.

3) ask dealer if they had any FFLs on file in my state.

4) call said FFL, and tell them to expect something

4) get it shipped to said FFL


The more refined method.

1)find FFL.

2)find gun.

3)buy gun, get info for having an ink signed copy of the FFL sent.

4)give FFL above info, and have them send the appropriate material to the original dealer.

5)when FFL calls, go bring local paperwork and hope I don't get screwed by NICS.

6)enjoy new toy.


Tips on finding an FFL. Lists like gunbroker has are nice, but their rate shouldn't be stupid, and when you contact them, they should be polite and nota big enough idiot to worry about having to collect their fee up front when they will have a several hundred/thousand dollar item of yours as hostage.

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