What do you pay for FFL transfer fee?


January 9, 2010, 06:52 PM
I am looking to purchase a gun online and asked my regular gun shop, which has really good prices on guns, what their transfer fee would be. They told me $50. That seems pretty high to me, or am I just being cheap? What is a fair fee and what do you guys pay? If any South Florida guys read this can you suggest a place within 20 -/+ miles of NMB that charge less? Thanks!

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Jorg Nysgerrig
January 9, 2010, 06:58 PM
Punch in your zip code here: http://www.gunbroker.com/ffl/SearchForFFL.aspx?st=State&sv=FL

Using a random NMB zip (33160), I see at least a dozen within 15 miles who list their fee as $30 or less.

January 9, 2010, 07:01 PM
Cool, thanks!

January 9, 2010, 09:01 PM
I believe that if someone is asking $50 for a FFL transfer - he's basically telling you - he's going to take a profit whether you buy from him or not.

There are too many dealers that will do it for $20 - $25.


January 9, 2010, 09:04 PM
From my experience the dealers that really appreciate your business will charge $25 for the transfer. The ones that are just looking to make a buck and could care less about you charge $50.

Dr.Mall Ninja
January 9, 2010, 09:08 PM
Thanks for the link Jorg.

January 9, 2010, 09:10 PM
Mine will do it for $15

January 9, 2010, 09:13 PM
40 cheapest i found in memphis

January 9, 2010, 09:15 PM
In my area I can get a transfer from a good handful of individuals for $15. I won't pay any more than that. That turns out to be about $1 per minute of their time, and I'm good with that.

I recently applied for (and received) my Curio & Relic (C&R) FFL so I can have any firearms that meet the C&R criteria sent directly to me. I have not had occasion to use it yet, but I'm ready. That's a well spent $30 for anyone in to older weapons.

January 9, 2010, 09:52 PM
Yeah, I thought $50 was ridiculous. I figured they would be cheap because their guns are typically $100 less than other local shops. With the link Jorg provided I found one locally that will do $10 for a handgun, sweet!

January 9, 2010, 09:58 PM
I'm very fortunate to have an aquaintance who's a retired machinist running a humble little business doing "light" gunsmithing. He processes FFL transactions for $10 and best of all I drive right by his place on my way home from work.

Before I learned about him, I drove 45 min. each way and paid $20 at a "country" gun shop.

Once, while my local guy was in the hospital, I called another nearby shop for a transfer on an
AR stripped lower. The guy tells me "I normally charge $25, but I'll have to charge you $35 for that"


January 9, 2010, 10:02 PM
awesome link jorg
and !%#$!$^%!$^%#!@

January 9, 2010, 10:21 PM
Guy I use in Portland will do it for $20.00 plus the $10.00 NICS check. Cheapest I have found here.

January 9, 2010, 10:56 PM
I just went thru this exercise to buy a .22 rifle, I have bought quite a few guns from two three local shops here. Nicks Guns wanted $35...uh nope. Called Pannells and they wanted $45...HELL NO, so I went to Acworth Guns and Luther there did it for me for $20.00

He makes a buck, I dont get bent over and he sold me a HK USP 45 while I was there. I'm done with Pannells for sure. Pannells wanted to offer $350 in trade for a SIG 250 with three mags to get an XD-45 they were charging 509.00 for! They have maybe 20 hand guns total in the place and not many folks crowding the counters... you would THINK they wanted to actually keep customers. I guess not, oh well, plenty of places to spend money

Sorry I got off on a tangent, it happens

January 10, 2010, 12:00 AM
$25 for one, $40 for two...never got to three :) Paperwork, fax, and background check included.

January 10, 2010, 12:06 AM
Lets see. One 3 miles away charges $45. One ten miles away charges $50. One sixteen miles away charges $50. One seventeen miles away wants $100!

Guy 8 MINUTES away wants $20. Guess where I go?

January 10, 2010, 12:09 AM
$15 at a hardware store.

Sebastian the Ibis
January 10, 2010, 12:19 AM
In close proximity to NMB:

1. Interstate Armory at 27th & US-1 in Miami. Great guys, good prices. $25 transfers.

2. The Gunocologist, he's a gunsmith next to Pembroke Range. $25 also. He ought to be right near you, but he's only open on saturdays I think. Call ahead, he has weird hours.

January 10, 2010, 12:20 AM
Mine does it for free. He will not charge active duty military. I tried giving him $20 and he said no way. He does like PBR beer, though, next time I am taking a case chilled on ice with me and see if he can turn that down!

I think he charges the general public $25.

January 10, 2010, 12:21 AM
$25 for one, $40 for two...never got to three Paperwork, fax, and background check included.

That's strange. I pay the same whether it's one gun or 5...they list them all on the same form and make one phone call. I wonder why some charge per gun?

January 10, 2010, 03:01 AM
$20 to $40.

January 10, 2010, 04:28 AM
$25 for one,$40 for 2

January 10, 2010, 08:07 AM
$20 dollars

January 10, 2010, 09:41 AM
10 bucks but he is a friend

The Bushmaster
January 10, 2010, 10:24 AM
I had purchased powder and primers. I was charged for the powder and primers and the FFL transfer was free for the rifle that I also purchased from gunbroker.

January 10, 2010, 10:25 AM

January 10, 2010, 10:56 PM
Transfers are $5 for Title I, $25 for Title II.

January 10, 2010, 11:32 PM
I found a local guy who charges $10 for receiving or for shipping. Makes it much easier to let an FFL do it than dealing with UPS for selling handguns but most FFLs won't ship for you.

January 10, 2010, 11:34 PM
FFL at our gun club (private range) does it free for members :-)

January 10, 2010, 11:37 PM
I refuse to pay more than $10 and have several guys that are glad to do it. By doing this I give them as much of my business as possible.

January 10, 2010, 11:45 PM
The dealers inCentral New Jersey charge abundle, but that's my fault for living here.

January 10, 2010, 11:50 PM
Used to pay $6. In the last year it has gone up to $10.

Erik M
January 11, 2010, 12:07 AM
$25 locally. I have my C&R now though.

Guns and more
January 11, 2010, 12:22 AM
$30 from a family owned gun store.

Not my family, but a good place to shoot the bull.

January 11, 2010, 12:30 AM
Hello friends and neighbors // Both my local guys went to $35.00 recently

January 11, 2010, 01:35 AM
What do you pay for a FFL transfer??

Do a search (using the above question) and you'll find tons of info on this subject. It has been done several times each year.

Tha average price seems to be $20-$25 but I get my transfers for $10 and always have. Some live in areas where there seems to be only 1 or 2 FFL holders and they charge an exorbadant fee of about $50 and sometimes even more.

January 11, 2010, 02:29 AM
my FFL charges a flat fee of 25.00 per year ,, no limit ..

March 28, 2010, 12:55 PM
Whatever you or future posters do, don't go to Ace's - they once tried to charge me some ridiculous percentage for the FFL, instead of a flat fee. The rifle was $5K, and those @#$%'s were trying to charge me $250. That was the first of two rip-off's I experienced with them before deciding never to go back (and to warn other potential customers...lol). Guntech in Fort Lauderdale - nice folks and $25.

March 28, 2010, 03:30 PM
$20.00 Here in N.E. Ohio for me.

March 28, 2010, 03:39 PM
I pay $5.00.
Used to be free, but the ATF insisted my gun guy had to show a profit at the end of the year to keep his FFL.


March 28, 2010, 03:46 PM
$5 sometimes free for inbound or outbound

My FFL dealer usually makes a little on the shipping estimate and I always try to buy something while I'm in there

Don't forget pawn shops fellas! Those guys are much more amiable to making a free lunch to sign a form and make a phone call than many racketeering-gun shops. A good pawnbroker will be happy to make a free $10 any way he can.

March 28, 2010, 03:56 PM
In my area (Parkersburg WV) it ranges from $15 - $35 and the dealer I use would like to do them all day long for $20 each. The dealers charging $50 are mad at you for not buying what they have to sell and using the internet to get what you want at the best price. While they MIGHT be losing some sales to internet purchases more often than not they don't have what a person buying from a remote seller is buying. Many dealers don't realize they have the ability to INCREASE their profits by selling on line or are too lazy to learn how. Like it or not technology brings change to us all and those who will not adapt will lose. I feel sad for those who suffer because they don't have the ability to adapt.

rocky branch
March 28, 2010, 04:10 PM
Local guy charges $12 per transaction-one gun or 50-$12.
Quite the exception, I believe.

dogtown tom
March 28, 2010, 05:35 PM
rcmodel I pay $5.00.
Used to be free, but the ATF insisted my gun guy had to show a profit at the end of the year to keep his FFL.

Your FFL is pulling your leg.
There is no requirement to "show a profit".

And the only way that ATF will ever know how much $$$$ I make off of firearm transfers or sales is by subpoening my financial records. An ATF compliance inspection can only involve inspecting my A&D records (bound book) and comparing it to completed 4473's, multiple sale records, and firearm inventory.

March 28, 2010, 05:53 PM
I love being friends to a gunshop owner.

March 28, 2010, 06:13 PM
A local pawn shop charged $10. A local gun store charges $40.

March 28, 2010, 10:44 PM
Lets see. One 3 miles away charges $45. One ten miles away charges $50. One sixteen miles away charges $50. One seventeen miles away wants $100!

Guy 8 MINUTES away wants $20. Guess where I go?
Be glad you don't live in DC. The ONLY FFL there, that EVERYONE must go to (as they are not now, nor will there ever been any gun stores in DC) charges $125.

March 28, 2010, 10:49 PM
In central KY, most charge $25.

Those who charge less are usually in remote locations, so it ends up costing near 25 anywhere.

March 29, 2010, 12:55 PM
$25 local. There's a guy who will do it for $15 local, but he never answers his e-mail or phone. The LGS has great service, and has faxed an FFL for me as soon as 20 minutes after I e-mail them with the request.

Plug for Coyote Creek Gun Shop in Rochester, MN.

March 29, 2010, 01:04 PM
Here in northern IL. -- it is $25 for one firearm and $35 if two from the same person, same day.

March 29, 2010, 01:20 PM
I can get FFL transfers for $15 (online purchase) or $10 for an in-store. But I've got a friend of a friend that just got his FFL, and I know he'd transfer for me for $10.

March 29, 2010, 01:20 PM
Here in the great state of Tennessee, $10.00 goes to the state for every purchase. 1 firearm = 10.00 2 firearm =20.00 3 =30.0 etc.

The FFL that I use charges $20.00 for incoming and 10.00 + the actual UPS shipping charges for outgoing.

UPS will ship from a dealer for about $10-15, while they charge $60.00+ for individuals shipping the same item to the same address.

March 29, 2010, 05:56 PM
$50.00 is on the high side. I live near a relatively small city that has only two gun shops. The one I use charges $25.00.

March 29, 2010, 06:03 PM
I went to the LGS until he started charging $40 at the height of the Obama-driven buying craze. My new FFL charges $25, and I've been very happy with him.

March 29, 2010, 06:05 PM
For several years now, it's been $10/gun.

March 29, 2010, 06:13 PM
My FFL charges $10 for a transfer but I give him $20. He is currently deployed in Iraq and I like to give a little extra to show my appreciation. I am sure his family can find the extra money helpful.

Anna's Dad
March 29, 2010, 06:14 PM
Used to pay $15 but that dealer isn't doing transfers at all anymore. Best I can find now is $25 which I think is rediculous.

There are some locally who actually charge a percentage of the value of the gun! No idea how they determine that on a used gun--blue book? I would never give them any business so it really doesn't matter to me.

March 29, 2010, 07:10 PM
I pay $10. Thank you waterhouse! To anyone in the Austin/Round Rock, TX area he is highly recommended.

March 29, 2010, 07:56 PM
The lowest is $20.00 the highest is $50.00. I support the low priced guy that does it part time out if is house. I even purchase some firearms from him.

March 30, 2010, 12:14 AM
There are some locally who actually charge a percentage of the value of the gun! No idea how they determine that on a used gun--blue book?

If the gun is purchased from another dealer then there's usually an invoice with it. I've noticed more and more dealers charging transfer fees based on percentage, and as a result I'm seeing a lot of invoices either 1) sealed in an envelope with the purchaser's name on it, or 2) the invoice just says $0.00 on it.

There's a dealer close to me that charges $35 + 10% for a transfer. They don't do a whole lot of them.

March 30, 2010, 01:24 AM
I dont get the high fees. We have built a loyal and grateful customer base from doing quick easy and inexpensive transfers, sure we wont retire on it but it gets our name out and makes for word of mouth marketing better then none.

Leafy Cronmer
March 30, 2010, 06:08 AM
My closest local gun store charges a nice even $100. When I asked the other day I thought the guy was messing with me.

March 30, 2010, 06:32 AM
$25 for first, $10 for others in same transaction.

March 30, 2010, 07:30 AM

March 30, 2010, 06:58 PM
I posted a poll on this last year, at least on that one you can see a percentage.........


I remember I screwed up the $10 option, just consider the less than 10 the same as paying $10

March 31, 2010, 12:46 PM
Our fee is $20.00 for transfers ($10.00 for LEO and military), prior to setting it I looked at exactly what was involved and how much of our time it would take. Each transfer requires about 45 minutes of actual time which is why we set it at that price. What most people do not see is the time spent contacting the shipping party, sending a copy of our FFL and typically a few calls with the buyer.

March 31, 2010, 01:48 PM
$25 to $30 round here in the Tampa area, if you look hard, and will likely be a pawn shop or local 'smith. There are a few $50 merchants around here too.....they tend to be the high priced gunshops, and I believe that is their tactic to discourage you from buying online, and to get you to buy their overpriced guns instead.

April 11, 2010, 12:05 AM
$40 at most places near me in CT

April 11, 2010, 11:48 AM
My local FFL dealer charges $25 for a transfer; he's neither the lowest guy in town, nor is he the highest. But he provides an excellent service, he's 100% trustworthy, and he hasn't changed his prices in five years.

April 11, 2010, 12:32 PM
$18.50 plus tax, here. Comes out to a nice, round $20. :-)

I think that's a very fair price considering that most are transfers from other businesses, although I do purchase from him on occasion. Receiving packages, securing them until I come by, and taking care of the required bureaucratic bs seems like a fair deal to me.

April 11, 2010, 02:58 PM
I pay a $40 fee and get my new guns at his cost.

dogtown tom
April 11, 2010, 07:10 PM
Location: Estado de Lone Star
...$18.50 plus tax, here. Comes out to a nice, round $20. :-)

There is no sales tax on firearm transfers in Texas.

Firearms Sold by Out-of-State Dealers - Transfer Fees Charged by Texas Dealers
When a gun is purchased from out of state by an individual in Texas, federal law provides that the out-of-state seller must ship the gun to a Texas dealer for transfer to the individual.

Frequently, the Texas dealer will charge the purchaser a transfer fee to cover the costs of paperwork and handling. Because the gun was not purchased from the Texas dealer, the transfer fee does not represent a sale. Therefore, the transfer fee is not taxable.

For example, assume an individual paid $1,500 to an out-of-state seller for a gun. The out-of-state seller shipped the gun to a Texas gun dealer. The customer picked up the gun at the Texas dealer's place of business and was charged a $25 transfer fee by the dealer. The $25 transfer fee is not considered a sale for Texas sales and use tax purposes and therefore is not subject to sales tax.

The purchase of the gun itself is, however, subject to Texas use tax. If the out-of-state seller does not collect the applicable Texas tax, then the purchaser is responsible for accruing and remitting the tax directly to the Comptroller's office. The Texas gun dealer handling the transfer is not responsible for collecting the use tax since the Texas dealer is not the seller of the gun. Purchasers may use a Texas Occasional Use Tax Return (Form 01-156) to report and remit the Texas use tax on the purchase of a firearm from an out-of-state gun dealer.

April 11, 2010, 07:18 PM
$15 + actual USPS shipping to send, $15 to receive.

April 11, 2010, 07:22 PM
Used to pay $40, but found new one that only charges $20.

April 11, 2010, 09:00 PM
I'll add one warning to dealing with FFL's that I learned the hard way. About Thanksgiving I shipped a gun to a person who was a dealer in Montana. I shipped the wrong gun and told him I'd refund his money or send the correct gun. Well, he ended up going in the hospital for 4 weeks before even shipping the gun back to me.

Now the second part. The FFL I used in my town had his foot operated on and was not able to receive the gun for about 5 weeks. So for a gun that should have been returned in about a week I waited 9 weeks.

My lesson, I will never work with another FFL that doesn't have a full time store where someone else can take over should something happen.

General Tso
April 11, 2010, 09:35 PM
$25 for one, $40 for two. Findlay, Ohio.

April 11, 2010, 09:41 PM
My FFL does not charge me anything. Honest!
He's my gunsmith and doesn't charge anything for transfers in or out to any of his regular customers. He's been my Gunsmith from the first day I needed a repair on my first rifle. I travel 2 hours from home to get to him, and it's worth every minute. I deal with him at least once every couple of weeks with repair service or trades or transfers (I've bought a lot of guns lately).
However, I do make sure he is paid something "extra" on most of transfers he does for me. He gives me the "You don't have to do this" every time, but I'm feeling guilty if I don't.

April 11, 2010, 09:54 PM
10.00 for a guy that won't return phone calls.. 20.00 down the road..

45.00 for 2 gun shops in town...

strange how it varies..

April 12, 2010, 07:04 AM
IIRC the transfer fees around here run $30-$50 plus the background check. That was the driving factor for me to get a C&R. It has already saved me a ton of cash.

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