FFL transfer fees?


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BBQJOE
March 31, 2013, 06:07 PM
I've never had a firearm transferred from one FFL to another in order to make a purchase.
I just recently did this though.
My FFL doesn't even use much paperwork. The 4473 is filled in on a computer by the purchaser.
I had 2 firearms shipped.

I've always heard fees are like $35.
I got charged $50 each.

No, I didn't ask ahead of time. Probably will in the future.
Has anyone else paid this high, and do you think they are padding the cost now in hopes of cashing in with possible new transfer laws?

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parker51
March 31, 2013, 06:17 PM
That's pretty steep. The FFL I currently use charges me $15. The local gun stores tend to charge from $25 to $35 plus they collect tax. They hate to be bothered with background checks on guns not purchased in their stores. To me it would be like "found" money as it only takes a few minutes to call in info to the FBI.

oldbear
March 31, 2013, 06:21 PM
BBQJOE, I usually pay $30.00 per transfer, but I understand that a $50.00 fee is the going rate in different locations. Yes, sadly some folks are more than willing to over charge every time they can.

sansone
March 31, 2013, 06:21 PM
I charge $20, average in FL is $25... just sayin'

Reloadron
March 31, 2013, 06:25 PM
Yes, you should have looked into it ahead of time but that is history.

Depends on the FFL in question. When I was active I charged about $20 and multiples were an additional $5 each. However, if the transfer was for a regular who was spending regular money with me then it was always free gratis. This was about 15 years ago.

There is also little doubt that any new laws that may be passed involving all transfers having to go through a FFL will add to their business. My current FFL runs any transfers for me free at present. I in return support his business and send business his way.

Ron

Moparnut
March 31, 2013, 06:28 PM
I don't know a about padding the price. However, I do know that the prices vary from one place to the next. A guy told me one time he charges about $50 (to people he has never sold to before). When I asked why so much he told that was to cover any problems with paperwork if he had to pay a fine. He also told me that he does not charge his regular customers at all to run a background check. After that conversation the fine comment made sense to me.

CApighunter
March 31, 2013, 06:28 PM
All the local shops near me charge $75-100 for a transfer, but when I bought my .30-06, I had it shipped to a guy who works out of his home and he charged me $50. Still expensive, but the cheapest I could find within 2 hours of me.
CApighunter

Steve51
March 31, 2013, 06:30 PM
The last FFL transfer I did was in late January 2013. The FFL at my LGS charged me $15 total. I paid him $25 - two customers came into his shop while I was filling out paperwork - both customers wanted to buy guns but they were not available at any of the dealers suppliers. I felt like he was hurting since he cannot get merchandise to sell and he keeps his prices fair.

akv3g4n
March 31, 2013, 06:32 PM
I'd try to find someone local who does it out of their house. That way they don't have the overhead of rent and payroll and will generally be much more affordable. That's been my experience.

Or find a local shop and try to become a regular and see if you can negotiate something better.

I pay $20 for anything I have transferred to my guy.

guitarguy314
March 31, 2013, 06:32 PM
Both of my LGS's charge $50.00 for a transfer. Local pawn shops with FFL licenses charge $20.00. I'll give you one guess where I do my transfers. ;)

BBQJOE
March 31, 2013, 06:34 PM
Yeah, I felt a little bit taken advantage of. I have spent quite a few bucks at this shop. I have a CCW, and he didn't have to make any calls.
The same day I was shopping around and found a new gun store run by a very knowledgeable nice woman.
I might be changing to her shop as my "go to".

rgwalt
March 31, 2013, 08:16 PM
I found a LGS near my house that charges $35 per transfer, whether I do them one at a time or 10 at a time. I have a CHL, so they don't have to make a call for me, but I understand their rates when they have to pay someone to sit on the phone on hold with the background check system.

mgkdrgn
March 31, 2013, 09:05 PM
Be glad you don't live in DC.

Last I heard the ONLY FFL there charged $125/gun.

Furncliff
March 31, 2013, 09:18 PM
Joe, ya gotta shop around. When I lived in Va. the stores were at $35, but the home based gunsmiths were $15. Here the rate is $25-50. There is a home based dealer who charges $20.

Hint... when I go to my favorite seller to take delivery of a gun I stop by the market for a dozen donuts for the salesman. Lo-cal donuts of course.

SabbathWolf
March 31, 2013, 09:29 PM
My local guy only charges $25
I can't even imagine paying $50-$100 bucks.

Onward Allusion
March 31, 2013, 09:36 PM
Ouch, that's steep. I usually pay between $20 and $25 for each transfer. If I get more than one, it becomes $25 plus $10 for each additional gun. Always ask about pricing!

spanishjames
March 31, 2013, 09:39 PM
I've used FFLs that work out of their homes who charge $25.00. Gun shops charge 40.00 and up. One area gun shop charges $25.00 for guns purchased for less than 300.00, and 50.00 for those over 300.00.

fordfan485
March 31, 2013, 09:50 PM
Wow all these prices reported are steep. My LGS charges $15 per transfer, you get what you pay for because their service kind of sucks.(e.g. they wont call you when its ready to pickup 50% of the time.)

Chevelle SS
March 31, 2013, 09:58 PM
My 2 "small town" gun stores charge $30 and $45
Cabelas charges $30

vamo
March 31, 2013, 10:25 PM
In my experience Pawnshops are far more likely to take the attitude that its $20 for minimal work on their part and have fees of $25 or $20. Actual gun shops tend to see it as you choosing a competitor over them and can charge up to $75.

edit: I have seen exceptions to the 2nd part of the rule, I like to window shop and its always a question I ask when I am in a store, just in case I see something on buds I absolutely must have.

allaroundhunter
March 31, 2013, 10:34 PM
I get $5 per transfer.... No way I would pay more than $20.

bikerdoc
March 31, 2013, 10:39 PM
30 bucks for the first one 20 thereafter

lilguy
March 31, 2013, 10:49 PM
Home based in Chicago burbs charges me 25.00. Happy to pay it.

NavyLCDR
March 31, 2013, 10:50 PM
I have never paid for a transfer fee. I bought a handgun from a local Ace Hardware with a gun counter that was on consignment. They wanted to charge me $25 or $35, something like that. The FFL told the cashier no transfer fee because the gun was not a special order, it came right out of their display case with a price clearly marked on it.

I bought a rifle from gunbroker and an FFL about 20 miles away does the transfers for free to active duty personnel. I tried to give him a $20 "tip" but he refused even that.

No, I didn't ask ahead of time. Probably will in the future.

Education is rarely free. And I must ask.... "Probably ask?" Really?!? Burn me once, shame on you; burn me twice, shame on me.

whetrock
March 31, 2013, 10:58 PM
20 bucks is the norm in this neck of the woods. Though that's per gun and not transfer. There was a now defunct pawn shop, that only charged 20 bucks per transfer, and they were always pleasant to deal with, wish they were still in business, they're rumored to be coming back, and if they are and prices are the same I'll gladly do business with them. It almost isn't worth it at some establishments,seeing as it's kinda hard to retrieve you're firearm.

BBQJOE
April 1, 2013, 12:29 AM
I have never paid for a transfer fee. I bought a handgun from a local Ace Hardware with a gun counter that was on consignment. They wanted to charge me $25 or $35, something like that. The FFL told the cashier no transfer fee because the gun was not a special order, it came right out of their display case with a price clearly marked on it.

I bought a rifle from gunbroker and an FFL about 20 miles away does the transfers for free to active duty personnel. I tried to give him a $20 "tip" but he refused even that.

Quote:
Originally Posted by BBQJOE
No, I didn't ask ahead of time. Probably will in the future.
Education is rarely free. And I must ask.... "Probably ask?" Really?!? Burn me once, shame on you; burn me twice, shame on me.

I will admit, I was rather excited to find the gun I wanted on line. I was even more excited after feeling a little guilty about spending the money, when my wife said she wanted one too.
The store, about 160 mi away, only had two in stock, and I bought them both.
It was a weekend and there was no one I could call to "shop around".
So I just filled in the space with a LGS I've shopped at quite a few times.
Seeing other posts and prices, I guess it wasn't quite robbery, but again,I do think it was a bit userous.
In my book, people can make a lot of money once, or they can make a little many times.
I will be wary next time I think about spending money there.

I'm just happy though to have my firearms. I'm that kinda guy. I'll pay extra to have something now, than wait. Hurrying usually costs somehow.:rolleyes:

12131
April 1, 2013, 12:29 AM
Yeah, I felt a little bit taken advantage of. I have spent quite a few bucks at this shop. I have a CCW, and he didn't have to make any calls.
The same day I was shopping around and found a new gun store run by a very knowledgeable nice woman.
I might be changing to her shop as my "go to".
What? You didn't do your homework, and now you're blaming the dealer?:rolleyes:

BBQJOE
April 1, 2013, 12:32 AM
What? You didn't do your homework, and now you're blaming the dealer?
I only blame myself.
And hungry dealers.:neener:

12131
April 1, 2013, 12:33 AM
Hungry dealers need to feed the family, too, you know.:p

mrvco
April 1, 2013, 12:50 AM
My favorite shop is $25 w/ some sort of discount for multiple guns. If they charged more I'd pay it because I like the way they run their operation.

Rock185
April 1, 2013, 04:35 PM
$15.00-30.00 each in my area. An FFL wanted to charge me $140.00 one time. I made other arrangments...

12131
April 1, 2013, 04:39 PM
^^^ $140! That's got to be the record transfer fee.:eek:

tarosean
April 1, 2013, 04:52 PM
^ I think CA has some asinine mandated transfer fee amount. Don't recall of the top of my head though.


I used to pay 10bucks. Now a days zero. Course I don't transfer new guns that he could just order for me. Mostly out of production or hard to find guns.

Fryerpower
April 1, 2013, 04:54 PM
$10 at the hardware store on the square for FFL transfers.

Jim

mgmorden
April 1, 2013, 05:05 PM
$50 is high. Going rate around here is approximately $20. I can get that price from several different FFL's locally. None seem to charge more than $35.

Only exception is one shop that is known to be INCREDIBLY overpriced on everything. Its been several years since I asked them their price so this may have changed, but at the time they wanted $35 PLUS 10% of the sale price of the gun.

dirtykid
April 1, 2013, 05:10 PM
My LGS charges me $25 per-occurence, if its 1-gun or 3 it dont matter to him cause
he knows I will be back to get powder,bullets,and other stuff

Okiegunner
April 1, 2013, 05:51 PM
I pay $10.00.

As a matter of fact, that is is what I paid this morning for the transfer of my new SAM-7 pistol.

22-rimfire
April 1, 2013, 06:03 PM
$30 > $40 is common in my area. The NICs check goes through TN rather than FBI/ATF and they charge $10 per check. You can do several guns for the same price at the same time.

You need to check ahead of time and you should always contact the dealer prior to having a gun shipped to them for a transfer.

col_temp
April 1, 2013, 06:05 PM
I've seen the whole range here in Washington State.
It does pay to shop around a bit. Several of the shops around here charge more for a handgun than a rifle.
$50 is a bit steep for me too!

mdauben
April 1, 2013, 06:08 PM
I agree that $50 is high and $50 each for two guns transfered at the same time is outright robbery. Consider it a lesson learned. Ask first next time. ;)

Locally, the FFLs in my area charge between $15 and $50. The lower end are mostly kitchen table FFLs, while the high end is the largest full service shop in the area who also sells on-line. I always assumed their high prices were to encorage people to buy directly from them instead of on-line.

spanishjames
April 1, 2013, 10:41 PM
In my book, people can make a lot of money once, or they can make a little many times.

You've got a good book there. The same goes for car mechanics, furnace repairmen, and all types of service providers.

Jurist
April 1, 2013, 10:49 PM
$25.00 Bucks is a good price in my area,which is what my FFL charges plus $16.00NICS.most others charge $50.00 to $65.00 per gun plus NICS.yes some even charge tax.

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