FAQ

Q: Do you sell NFA items?

A: Yes. We have silencers and short barrel rifles/shotguns. We also have machine guns and grenade launchers for law enforcement and military purchase. If you are interested in receiving a sales sample of a machine gun or grenade launcher, we need a letter requesting a sales sample. The ATF recommends using this sample form letter.

Q: What is your FFL transfer fee?

A: We charge $20 for transfers. You can schedule a date/time to pick-up your firearm on Calendly.

Q: Can you ship my order to me?

A: Non-firearms can be drop-shipped. Firearms can only be shipped to you in one of three ways:

  1. to another Federal Firearms License ("FFL") holder;

  2. to your employing law enforcement agency; or

  3. to you home address in compliance with 18 U.S. Code § 922.


Q: Why does my firearm have to be sent to another FFL holder?

A: The firearm(s) must be transferred to another FFL holder for two reasons):

  1. Federal law requires the purchaser (transferee) to be physically present during the transfer (with one exception detailed later). A Federal Firearms License is specific to a physical business location (i.e. we cannot meet you at another location to transfer the firearm after a sale). Thus, because we are an e-commerce firearms seller, it is not possible for you to come to our physical location to complete the transfer of the firearm from us to you.

  2. Federal law requires the purchaser be physically present and provide valid government-issued photo identification to a FFL holder so a National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) background check can be completed to ensure any person who purchases a firearm from us may lawfully possess it. Thus, because we are an e-commerce firearms seller and you cannot be physically present for the firearms transfer, we need to send the firearm to another FFL holder (of your choice) for the transfer to be completed.

EXCEPTIONS. There are two exceptions to the "physical presence" requirement: (1) firearms sent to law enforcement agencies and (2) firearms shipped to buyer's home under 18 U.S. Code § 922.

  1. Law Enforcement Sales. The sale of a firearm to a law enforcement agency or to a law enforcement officer for official duties is governed by 27 CFR § 478.134 and section 925(a)(1) of the GCA, which requires law enforcement officers purchasing firearms for official duty to provide a "certification letter on official agency letterhead signed by a person in authority within the agency (other than the person purchasing the firearm) stating that the officer will use the firearm in official duties and that a records check reveals that the purchasing officer has not been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence." Certification letters may be signed by persons other than those listed above, provided there is a proper delegation of authority. There are no restrictions as to the purchasing officer’s State of residence or agency location. ATF Form 4473 for the transaction or NICS check does not need to be completed. The ATF considers the following as persons having authority to certify the eligibility of law enforcement officers:

    • In a city or county police department, the director of public safety or the chief or commissioner of police.

    • In a sheriff’s office, the sheriff.

    • In a State police or highway patrol department, the superintendent or the supervisor in charge of the office to which the State officer or employee is assigned.

    • In Federal law enforcement offices, the supervisor in charge of the office to which the Federal officer or employee is assigned.

  2. Firearms Shipped to Buyer's Home (18 U.S. Code § 922). Federal law allows for firearms to be shipped to buyer's home if they complete a sworn affidavit, the chief law enforcement officer for the buyer's residence is notified, a 7-day delay is conducted after the chief law enforcement officer receives notification, a background check is not required, and both the seller and buyer reside in the same state (e.g. a licensee may ship firearms to residents within the same State where the buyer has a valid permit that has been recognized as an alternative to NICS). See ATF Permanent Brady Permit Chart. See also 18 U.S.C. 922(c), 27 CFR 478.96(b) and ATF Procedure 2013–2 for reference.


Q: Does FFL holders charge a fee to transfer the firearm to me after it is purchased?

A: It depends. We have seen some FFL holders conduct the transfer for free and others charge as much as $30. Generally, the transfer fee charged is $15-$20. You can find a FFL holder via several third-party sites, including gunbroker.com, fflgundealers.net, and fflregistry.com.


Q: I am a member of the armed forces. if the address on my license differs from my current duty station, can i purchase a firearm?

A: A member of the Armed Forces on active duty is considered a resident of the State in which his or her permanent duty station is located. However, if a military member maintains a home in one State and has a permanent duty station in a another State to which he or she commutes each day, the military member has two States of residence and may purchase a firearm in either State.

A military member on active duty must present either a current driver’s license or State identification card from the State in which the transfer is made, or a copy of the official orders showing the military member’s permanent duty station in the transfer State along with a military photo identification card, an out-of-State driver’s license, or an out-of-State identification card.

The ATF has determined that electronic Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders may be accepted provided that the orders are not a temporary move or deployment (TDY) order, and the dates of the transfer are identified on the document and are inclusive of the date of the attempted firearm acquisition.


Q: Who is prohibited from purchasing a firearm?

A: FFL holders cannot sell or transfer a firearm or ammunition to any of the following prohibited persons or in the following circumstances:

  1. Straw Purchasers. A “straw purchaser” is a person who is not the “actual buyer” of the firearm; that is, a person who obtains a firearm for another person. Straw purchases are a primary source of firearms used in crime.

  2. Person Under Indictment. A person “under indictment” includes any person who has been charged by indictment or information in any court with a crime for which he or she may be sentenced to a term of imprisonment exceeding one year (most felonies).

  3. Person Convicted of a Crime Punishable by Imprisonment for a Term Exceeding One Year. This prohibited person category includes any person who has been convicted of a felony or other crime for which the person could have been sentenced to imprisonment for a term exceeding one year—EVEN if the court actually placed the person on probation or sentenced the person to a term of imprisonment for one year or less.

  4. Fugitive from Justice. A fugitive from justice is a person who has fled from any State to avoid prosecution for a crime (felony or misdemeanor) or to avoid giving testimony in any criminal proceeding.

  5. Unlawful Drug User or Drug Addict. This prohibited person category includes any person who unlawfully uses—or is addicted to—marijuana, depressants, stimulants, narcotic drugs, or other controlled substances. Alcohol is NOT considered a controlled substance.

  6. Adjudicated Mental Defective or Person Involuntarily Committed to a Mental Institution. This prohibited person category includes any person who has EVER been adjudicated by a court, board, commission, or other lawful authority to be, as a result of marked subnormal intelligence or mental illness, incompetency, condition, or disease, a danger to himself or herself or to others or to lack the mental capacity to contract or to manage his/or her own affairs. This category also includes any person who has been subject to a finding of insanity in a criminal case, including a finding that he or she is incompetent to stand trial. Also included is any person who has EVER been formally committed to a mental institution by a court or other lawful authority. This category does NOT include a person committed to a mental institution solely for observation or a person who was voluntarily admitted to a mental institution.

  7. Person Dishonorably Discharged from the Military. A person is considered dishonorably discharged only if he or she was separated from the Armed Forces of the United States as a result of a dishonorable discharge or a dismissal adjudged by a general court-martial. This prohibition does NOT include persons with a bad conduct discharge or any other less than honorable discharge.

  8. Person Subject to a Restraining Order. This prohibited person category includes any person who is currently subject to a court order that restrains the person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner, child of the person, or child of the intimate partner OR engaging in other conduct that would place the intimate partner in reasonable fear of bodily injury to the intimate partner or child. The court order must meet the specific requirements of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(8) to be prohibiting.

  9. Person Convicted of a Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence. This prohibited person category includes any person who has EVER been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence regardless of the title of the offense. The offense must meet the definition of “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” in
    18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(33). Note: Unlike other prohibited person categories, law enforcement officers purchasing firearms for official use are NOT exempt from this prohibited person category.

  10. Person who has Renounced U.S. Citizenship. A person has renounced his or her United States citizenship if he or she takes formal steps to renounce her/his citizenship before a diplomatic or consular officer or before an officer designated by the Attorney General during a time of war.

  11. Aliens Illegally or Unlawfully in the United States. This prohibited person category includes any person who unlawfully entered the United States or who illegally remains in the United States after his or her authorized period of stay has expired.
    11a. Nonimmigrant Aliens. A nonimmigrant alien is an alien who is lawfully in the United States on a temporary basis for purposes of travel, business, study, etc. The term does NOT include a permanent resident alien (someone who possesses a “green card.”) A nonimmigrant alien may only purchase or receive a firearm if he or she: (a) was admitted to the United States for lawful hunting or sporting purposes or presents a valid hunting license or permit issued by a State; (b) qualifies as a foreign diplomat, official, or law enforcement officer as defined at 18 U.S.C. § 922(y)(2); or (c) has received a waiver of the prohibition from the Attorney General.

  12. Sale of a Firearm or Ammunition to a Person Under Age 18. We may not sell or deliver a firearm or ammunition to a person you know or have reasonable cause to believe is less than 18 years old.

  13. Sale of a Handgun or Handgun Ammunition to a Person Under Age 21. We may not sell or deliver a firearm other than a rifle or a shotgun—or ammunition other than rifle or shotgun ammunition—to a person who you know or have reasonable cause to believe is less than 21 years old. A firearm frame or receiver is not a rifle or shotgun and may not be sold to a person under 21 years old.

  14. Sale in Violation of State Law or Published Ordinance. We may not sell or deliver a firearm to any person in any State where the purchase or possession would be in violation of a State law or published ordinance.


Q: Where is your return policy and/OR warranty?

A: You can view our Return Policy and Warranty here: https://sof-arms.com/return-policy-warranty