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FFL transfers

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Alex45ACP, Jun 8, 2005.

  1. Alex45ACP

    Alex45ACP Well-Known Member

    How much do you usually pay for an FFL transfer? The local gun shop wants $50 :scrutiny:
  2. manofsteele

    manofsteele Active Member

    thats alot in my opinion, the most I see vary from 15-25 dollars.

    Im a dealer, I charge 10 dollars. I got into dealing for two reasons: 1. to make a little money to cure my addiction. 2. To give people good deals on guns wheather it be from me or transferring.

    Buying a gun and having it transferred shouldn't feel like a punishment, I know that particular dealers want you to buy from them but as a pro gun person you should do your duty to promote the hobby.

    my two cents

  3. Correia

    Correia Moderator Emeritus

    $20 is pretty reasonable.

    Check Shotgun New's webpage as that will have a list of dealers in your area that do transfers.
  4. Polishrifleman

    Polishrifleman Well-Known Member

    They also post a list at gunsamerica you just put in your zip code. $50 bucks is ridiculous. I pay $20 plus tax.
  5. Spreadfire Arms

    Spreadfire Arms Well-Known Member

    i normally charge $20 but if i like you it is $10 :D
  6. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    $50 is incontrovertible evidence of greed.
  7. Sir Aardvark

    Sir Aardvark Well-Known Member

    I would charge $20.00 when I was in business.
  8. Rotty

    Rotty Well-Known Member

    Ive really been ripped before for transferes....up to about $35.
    Now i am a dealer....for people here or my other "circles" i only charge $5, for all others $10.
  9. grimjaw

    grimjaw Well-Known Member

    I have a quote of $15 from the dealer I use, but haven't used him yet.

  10. MudPuppy

    MudPuppy Well-Known Member

    I pay $5.50 in south austin.

    It's $15 with CHL, $20 without in north austin. (and I'm assuming $10 from Steve, cuz I'm a heck of likable guy!)
  11. SouthpawShootr

    SouthpawShootr Well-Known Member

    It's kind of variable. I only use one shop for these. It's variable b/c I know both the owners and if either one of them takes the transfer request, it's usually $15. If it's one of their employees, I end up paying $25. Plenty of other shops around here that will do it for $25. Never seen $50. :what:
  12. Alex45ACP

    Alex45ACP Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I really don't like that shop, everything there is ridiculously overpriced. For example: $190 for a case of Wolf 7.62X39 FMJ :what:

    I'd rather spend $35 in gas to drive to another place that will do the transfer for $15.
  13. Lennyjoe

    Lennyjoe Well-Known Member

    $15 thru my FFL dealer.
  14. Larry Ashcraft

    Larry Ashcraft Moderator Staff Member

    Unless your tax laws are really different, there shouldn't be any sales tax on a transfer. It is a service, no goods have changed hands between the dealer and customer, legally speaking.
  15. Alex45ACP

    Alex45ACP Well-Known Member

    Interesting, one question though, how do you know it's safe to have your gun sent to these people if they're not a shop?
  16. toivo

    toivo Well-Known Member

    You can check to see if their FFL is legit by going to:


    You need their FFL number to run the check--you can find that on the signed form they give you to send to the seller. Some of them want to send the signed copy directly to the seller, but you can ask for their number or to see their FFL. Anyone who won't tell/show it to you is a bad risk anyway.

    As far as whether their business practices are on the level, that is, they're not ripping off the guns that people send them, you're on your own. I'd say ask around your local area, get some idea of the person's character if you can--how long he's been in business, etc. Even if it's not a "shop", any gunsmith, pawnbroker, etc., is a business and has customers who can vouch for him. Also, ask the seller of the gun to send you some kind of bill of sale so that you can prove ownership of the gun in question if the transfer agent should turn out to be shady.

    Around here (upstate New York) it's $20 to $30 dollars. One guy charges $15, but he's impossible to get ahold of.
  17. Henry Bowman

    Henry Bowman Senior Member

    $25 to $30 around here. Many states (including OH) now require tax to be collected on services as well as goods (with certain exemptions).
  18. moredes

    moredes Well-Known Member

    All that's true, but when I lived in CA, there was ahn FFL I ran into who was so squirrelly about the ATF and CA gun laws that they charged tax. But even with the tax, it was generally cheaper than the standard $35 FFL fee, because they didn't charge the fee to gun club members, only the tax. CA Franchise Tax Board (and most other states' tax entities) mandate that an internet transaction falls under the 'luxury tax' laws, it's just that damn few businesses (FFLs) enforce it, and the states don't have the manpower to enforce it, either.

    That said, even in San Francisco/Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, I've never heard of an FFL charging > $35 for a transfer fee. Glad I'm out of the PRK--here, it's $20 per visit--that is to say, if I transferred 3 guns on the same day, it'd be $20.
  19. Tory

    Tory member

    For what it's worth,

    I pay $25 per gun.
  20. Spreadfire Arms

    Spreadfire Arms Well-Known Member

    mudpuppy wrote:

    (and I'm assuming $10 from Steve, cuz I'm a heck of likable guy!)


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