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Transfer Rifle From NC to CA Bay Area

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Sprout, Jun 30, 2005.

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  1. Sprout

    Sprout Member

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    I have a family friend who wants to sell me his 1969 Romanian Trainer. I knew its not cost-effective to buy a $80 rifle from out-of-state, with shipping and FFL fees, but for sentimental reasons I wanted to give it a shot. So, I called Reeds in San Jose and asked them how to go about setting this up. They said it would require an FFL to FFL transfer and their fee would be $180. Does it really cost $360 ($180 x 2) to transfer an $80 rifle? or is this just their way to keep people from ordering off of the net? Is there a cheaper place in the bay area? Thanks.

    Update: I called around and Imbert & Smithers is willing to do it for $50.
     
  2. DnPRK

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    They are jerking you around on the price.

    Gunbroker, Auctionarms and GunsAmerica all have listings of FFLs who will do transfers for a reasonable fee. Since Its a long gun, it doesn't have to go FFL to FFL. I did a transfer recently (southern California) for $40 and that included the $25 DROS.
     
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    I've heard a lot of outrageous ffl transfer stories, but that about takes the cake. I'd have a few suggestions for Reeds about what they could do with their ffl license. :cuss:
     
  4. Sprout

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    Thanks DNRP. I went on Auction Arms and found a place that will do it for $50--Roger's Relics--including the DROS. I'd send it to Imbert, because I've bought from them before, but they say it needs to be FFL to FFL. Thanks again.
     
  5. Matt-man

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    Inside California, a transfer needs to go FFL to FFL. Other states allow individuals to ship a firearm directly to an FFL. However, I have no idea if NC is one of those states.

    Talk to Martin MacDonald at Irvington Arms in Fremont - he has handled out-of-state transfers for me in the past. I believe they charge $50 to handle a transfer, but I don't remember if that includes the DROS fee. The number over there is (510) 226-7910.

    I get the feeling that Reed's has sky-high fees simply because they don't want to deal with transfers. Fortunately there are many other places to do that in the area.
     
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    If you don't mind going to Pacifica, I highly recommend City Army (http://www.city-arms.com/). Dimitry there is a good guy, and charges about $20 + DROS, though you might want to check with them to ensure you're getting the best price.

    Really good shop, good people working there.
     
  7. Sprout

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    Thanks Matt-man and heypete, I'd like to try to support a store that keeps stock if I can, so I'll check your suggestions out.

    Mountain-cowboy: Actually, I was pretty shocked about Reeds attempt to take advantage of me. Usually, they have pretty good prices. However, treating customers badly is pretty common around here.
     
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    Does CA law actually require FFL to FFL? I thought it was just personal policy by many FFLs. I need to check on this. Last year a friend of mine who lives in CA sent a rifle without using an FFL and he keeps up on the laws.

    sprout- CA is just about the worst place in America (if CA is still part of America) to be a gun owner. CA dealers are notorious for high transfer fees. But $180? How can they justify that cost? Does he make $180 on every gun he sells in the shop? Frankly, I think that dealer is thief and you can tell him I said so.
     
  9. Guns_and_Labs

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    Try Andreotti Firearms in Castro Valley. He's fully stocking.
    Bullseye in San Rafael is semi-stocking.
    Michael's Gunshop in Dublin is barely stocking.

    All are reasonable for fees, and might even cut you a better deal if they hear the story (though Michael's is about as low as can be).
     
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