how much do you pay for FFL fee?


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dubya450
October 4, 2012, 10:22 AM
Hey all, im just curious how much various FFL holders across the country charge for a transfer and if you use one FFL exclusively. I recently bought my first rifle online and found a guy only 10 miles from my house, is open until 7pm 7 days a week and only charges $10. Everything has gone smooth with him so far and im pleased with his price and hour's considering i work in the concrete business and i work long hours, so its nice to be able to pick the rifle up late evening or weekend's. So how about you guys? What's the typical transfer fee in different areas?

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Kyle M.
October 4, 2012, 10:24 AM
My lgs charges $20 unless your a regular like me, then they do it free. The two other shops near me both charge $30.

smalls
October 4, 2012, 10:26 AM
I had a family friend who was an FFL, and if he charged my family anything, it was $10. But unfortunately he lost his FFL (He's a bit older and had a stroke, and was getting really bad at keeping good records).

Then there's Gander Mountain, who wants something like $65, and one of the other LGS's charged $45. I haven't personally used the last two, but I did inquire, after my normal guy lost his FFL.

Sam1911
October 4, 2012, 10:27 AM
Anywhere from $10 to $50 in most places. Some states like CA can drive some dealers to charge up to $150, depending on the state and what it is. Heck, I was once quoted $75 in MD. Sure didn't pay it, but still eventually did pay $50 for a "regulated firearm" trasfer.

We had a LONG thread on what makes a good gun shop and the last two pages had a lot of comments on transfer fees: http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=668230

OARNGESI
October 4, 2012, 10:27 AM
I pay $15

RhinoDefense
October 4, 2012, 10:36 AM
$20 for Title I
$50 for Title II

somoss
October 4, 2012, 10:38 AM
MoCo MD: $35-$50 is a good deal around here. My closest LGS charges about $100+

Sniper66
October 4, 2012, 10:43 AM
$10 is a steal. Locally here in NE Kansas the going rate is $25.

firesky101
October 4, 2012, 10:52 AM
I have an FFL that does not gouge, at least for here. $25 if I am buying from him, $35 for private sale. He is the cheapest around for accepting online orders too but that is not saying much... $75.

tarosean
October 4, 2012, 11:25 AM
10.00 bucks

HDCamel
October 4, 2012, 11:28 AM
$25

CoRoMo
October 4, 2012, 11:31 AM
$10

Revoliver
October 4, 2012, 11:39 AM
$20

dubya450
October 4, 2012, 11:45 AM
Most other quotes ive gotten around the Twin Cities were $20-25 with the exception of gander which im pretty sure I've heard was over $60. If you buy a few guns a year like i usually do irs nice to have a reliable, cheap FFL to go through. I have a feeling ill be ordering more and more online rifles now that i found someone close to home and cheap. Ive always been wary of buying online and using someone to transfer but it went so smoothly with my first purchase im afraid ill become even more of a hoarder lol!

forindooruseonly
October 4, 2012, 11:49 AM
Here's my horror story. In my hometown, the FFLs want to charge $25 or 10% of the gun's value, whichever was higher. Yep. That's right. I contacted four FFLs in my area and they all had the same policy, I guess figuring that if one could get away with it, then they could too.

I wouldn't have known about their fees, but my regular FFL who lives a couple of towns away was gone on vacation and I had just bought a $2400 rifle. I called around, expecting 25 or 30 bucks, but they all insisted on $240 dollars to transfer the gun in. I eventually had the seller hold the gun until my regular guy got back.

Needless to say, I was not one bit sad when a couple of the these gun stores went out of business.

brnmuenchow
October 4, 2012, 11:54 AM
Usually it's in and around $50. (Austin/ San Antonio, Texas area)

Arkansas Paul
October 4, 2012, 11:59 AM
$25-$50 here.
I assume the ones charging $50 just don't want to fool with it, but will for that much.

heeler
October 4, 2012, 12:08 PM
$15 usually but $20 if ffl plan B guy is used.

Teachu2
October 4, 2012, 12:16 PM
For transfers from another dealer, the LGSs here get $100-125, but two transfer dealers are $25. Private party transfers are $35 everywhere, IIRC - the state fixes that fee.

powell&hyde
October 4, 2012, 12:29 PM
LGS charges $15 here.

jcwit
October 4, 2012, 12:42 PM
Here in No. Indiana its normally $20.00.

mg.mikael
October 4, 2012, 01:00 PM
$22.00.....but last time I used this local FFL he went on vacation without even a warning and I didn't get the gun transfered over to me in nearly a month. I guess the sayings true, you get what you pay for.

wgsigs
October 4, 2012, 01:21 PM
I've paid $15 at a pawn shop near me. However, when I purchased a SIG P210, I had it sent to an FFL who is also a SIG armorer and operates out of his home and charges $25, just because I felt more comfortable picking up my more expensive gun there than at a pawn shop.

Bubbles
October 4, 2012, 01:43 PM
$10 Title I, $25 Title II.

chevyman097
October 4, 2012, 02:31 PM
I have used 3 different ones over the years. One is 10 bucks the other 2 are 20-25.

wojownik
October 4, 2012, 02:38 PM
Generally $30 (plus 2 for state police fee).

theautobahn
October 4, 2012, 02:49 PM
At my LGS, it's free for his regulars.

Kenneth
October 4, 2012, 03:50 PM
Johnson's Country Store charges $30 and is very friendly. Buffalo Gun Center charged me $70 and was very porky about it.

dubya450
October 4, 2012, 03:53 PM
@kenneth- that's an easy choice then! Not sure why some people are like that. Maybe they don't like doing transfers since they're soooo hard or they get sour if you don't buy from them and jack up their fees? Whatever i guess.

oneounceload
October 4, 2012, 03:56 PM
$25 for the process and phone call - however, I rarely use him for transfers, because he beats the internet pricing. I tell him what I want, he finds it and gives me his OTD cash price - including tax, check, etc. - and it has always beat Bud's prices by $10-15 plus the transfer fee

Frankl03
October 4, 2012, 03:57 PM
$10.00

Kenneth
October 4, 2012, 04:18 PM
@dubya450

that's an easy choice then! Not sure why some people are like that. Maybe they don't like doing transfers since they're soooo hard or they get sour if you don't buy from them and jack up their fees?
Yup.

But to give credit where credit is due. They carry a BIG inventory, and the staff is very knowledgeable about the product as well as legal stuff.

12131
October 4, 2012, 06:35 PM
$15 first gun, $5 each additional gun.

speedway
October 4, 2012, 06:50 PM
My local shops charge between 30 and 50 per transfer.

BigN
October 4, 2012, 07:01 PM
$25 rifle/shotgun, $30 handgun

maskedman504
October 4, 2012, 07:08 PM
Uncle is a range officer at a shop; $20 transfer regardless of quantity of firearms.

newfalguy101
October 4, 2012, 07:17 PM
I get $20, and for repeat customers have been known to wave the fee on occassion..

South central Nebraska

tarosean
October 4, 2012, 07:21 PM
$25 rifle/shotgun, $30 handgun

Why the separate charge I wonder? its not like its a different 4473..

newfalguy101
October 4, 2012, 07:24 PM
Why the separate charge I wonder? its not like its a different 4473..
My guess would be it has to do with a called in background check

only a guess mind you

possom813
October 4, 2012, 07:26 PM
20 + tax at the local pawn shop

10 bucks for a fellow a couple of hours away, I'll hit him up if I'm headed that direction for something

Gander Mtn is 35 here(never used, phone quote)
LGS is 50(never used)

To ship a firearm from the LGS to another FFL is 75 + shipping and he sells new 10/22's for 250(give or take) and used/abused 10/22's for 300(go figure?)

Granted these were his prices the last time I visited him, about 8 years ago

tarosean
October 4, 2012, 07:30 PM
I tell him what I want, he finds it and gives me his OTD cash price - including tax, check, etc. - and it has always been Bud's prices by $10-15 plus the transfer fee

This is why Ive never bought a single thing from Buds. I have no reason too.. If im in the market for a new product/gun my FFL will order me whatever I want for a competitive price that it isnt worth the hassle.

tarosean
October 4, 2012, 07:37 PM
For transfers from another dealer, the LGSs here get $100-125

Geesh... I can understand some charging an uplift for "new" guns they could have ordered for you. However, old guns that are not being produced/collector pieces/ or any other odd ball that someone wants is highway robbery..

trueg50
October 4, 2012, 07:42 PM
$50 and they treated me like a criminal through the process.

The smaller gun shop a little further away but charges $25 and is owned by a great guy and his son.

Guess which one I will do all my future FFL transfers through?

larryh1108
October 4, 2012, 07:50 PM
I have an FFL that does not gouge, at least for here. $25 if I am buying from him, $35 for private sale

Why would he charge you a transfer fee for buying from him? Last I heard an NICS fee was $2.

TAKtical
October 4, 2012, 07:54 PM
Used to be $10. I recently wanted to have something transferred and prices have gone up to $60!!! When did this happen?

Teachu2
October 4, 2012, 08:02 PM
Geesh... I can understand some charging an uplift for "new" guns they could have ordered for you. However, old guns that are not being produced/collector pieces/ or any other odd ball that someone wants is highway robbery..
Yep - it's not worth getting upset over, but it doesn't earn them any loyalty, either....one of the transfer dealers did over 2,000 transfers last year. Nice supplemental income for a retiree. The other quit his day job and went full-time.

The LGSs here hold their prices pretty high, but still seem to sell every gun they can get.

firesky101
October 4, 2012, 08:20 PM
Why would he charge you a transfer fee for buying from him? Last I heard an NICS fee was $2.
maybe it has to do with CA... not sure but every single time I have bought a firearm it has been at least $25. Another resident from bakersfield responded earlier about the state setting the private transfer fee. I thought that was the case, but a LGS charged me $45 for it a couple of months ago... I have not been back.

Tim the student
October 4, 2012, 08:28 PM
$20 + tax.

Kenneth
October 4, 2012, 09:30 PM
Last I heard an NICS fee was $2.
I can understand an FFL holder charging a modest fee for recieving, entering in his/her book, and otherwise taking responsibility for someone else's firearm. However, charging a fee for the NICS check seems a little d-bagish.

newfalguy101
October 4, 2012, 09:43 PM
Why would he charge you a transfer fee for buying from him? Last I heard an NICS fee was $2.
Interestingly enough,I have never charged a fee for, nor payed a fee for a NICS check, nor has the FBI EVER charged me to run them for me.....

dogtown tom
October 4, 2012, 09:54 PM
possom813 20 + tax at the local pawn shop
Any dealer in Texas who is charging sales tax on the transfer fee is scamming you...........the Texas Comptrollers Office specifically exempts firearm transfers from sales tax.




Kenneth Quote:
Originally Posted by firesky101
Last I heard an NICS fee was $2.
I can understand an FFL holder charging a modest fee for recieving, entering in his/her book, and otherwise taking responsibility for someone else's firearm. However, charging a fee for the NICS check seems a little d-bagish.
Not all states contact FBI NICS for background checks, those states that use a state agency/state police/etc as "point of contact" for background checks often charge a fee for that service. Dealers in some states are charged for every call regardless of the outcome.

FBI NICS is a free call, free service.

Captcurt
October 4, 2012, 09:58 PM
I charge $20. Most of the locals charge $25 to $35.

Formula94
October 4, 2012, 10:00 PM
$20-$25 here in the Twin Cities

Inebriated
October 4, 2012, 11:41 PM
$25 from a local guy.

bigdogpete
October 5, 2012, 12:46 AM
If I am unable to use my C and R. I pay $20 at a local pawn shop.

Bubbles
October 5, 2012, 08:36 AM
I can understand an FFL holder charging a modest fee for recieving, entering in his/her book, and otherwise taking responsibility for someone else's firearm. However, charging a fee for the NICS check seems a little d-bagish.
FFL's in some states don't call NICS, they call a state system that accesses NICS and some additional state databases. Those states, such as CT, VA, TN, and CA, charge a fee for every background check that is run.

If you're in a state where the FFL contacts NICS directly, then there is no additional charge to run the background check.

Captcurt
October 5, 2012, 08:41 AM
Geesh... I can understand some charging an uplift for "new" guns they could have ordered for you. However, old guns that are not being produced/collector pieces/ or any other odd ball that someone wants is highway robbery..
That is more profit than I make on the sale of a new gun. There is no way that I would patronize a business that did that.

steelerdude99
October 5, 2012, 09:20 AM
Gun Broker has an FFL finder based on your zip code or state that list prices. It works even if you don't have or yet have a Gun Broker account. Check out the link below:

http://www.gunbroker.com/FFL/DealerNetwork.aspx

chuck

Ashcons
October 5, 2012, 10:51 AM
$20 through a local firearm-enthusiast/pawn shop owner.

xwing
October 5, 2012, 12:18 PM
$15

Stevie-Ray
October 5, 2012, 12:26 PM
Going rate here in the Detroit area was $20, but that was when I had mine in the 90s. Now I would expect $30-$40, but I don't know. Generally, I buy mine new or from a LGS or gun show, so I don't normally get charged.

Hit_Factor
October 5, 2012, 12:34 PM
$30 long gun, $40 handgun SW Michigan.

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Ryanxia
October 5, 2012, 12:38 PM
Free. Of course his prices are usually better than online.

fatcat4620
October 5, 2012, 12:57 PM
20 transfer, 10 background
The shops that charge $50 are always dead and the shop that charges $20 had the best selection and us always busy.

metalart
October 5, 2012, 01:36 PM
20$

bredda
October 5, 2012, 02:13 PM
$10

CApighunter
October 5, 2012, 11:01 PM
Here in CA, the usual is $75-100, but I found a guy that works our of his home that will do it for $50, the best deal I've found.
CApighunter

rbernard
October 6, 2012, 11:47 PM
In oregon the local pawn shop does it for $20=$10 fee + $10 background check, if receiving multiple guns $10 a gun and 10 once for the background

22-rimfire
October 7, 2012, 10:19 AM
FFL dealers in my area charge between $25 and $50 for a transfer which includes a $10 state NICS fee. They normally only charge the $10 fee for guns that they are selling from their inventory. I have not run into any "free" services, but I have not contacted every dealer to check.

smalls
October 7, 2012, 11:32 AM
I just looked at the Gunbroker FFL list. Couple of real crooks. Some want to charge for the NICS call, and there's one that charges $35 for a "simple transfer", and $60 for a "complex transfer". Whatever that means. I'm assuming if you get delayed, he'll charge you extra?

HKGuns
October 7, 2012, 11:52 AM
$15

Gato MontÚs
October 7, 2012, 12:47 PM
$25 long gun, $40 handgun.

Difference in price reflects the (BS) state background check fee (tax).

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