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Old 05-08-2017, 01:13 PM   #1
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Transferring online sale through FFL

Hi, I just purchased an M&P Shield .45 online from Palmetto State Armory. I tried to buy one from my local gun dealer and he told me that PSA had them cheaper than anyone and they have been instructing people to buy from PSA and have them shipped to him and pick it up there. That took all the guilt away for not buying from my local gun dealer. Never having purchased online before, naturally I have some questions.

First, I presume The local FFL will have me go through the same background check as if I purchase through a local gun store, correct?

Second, I also presume the FFL where I pick the gun up will charge me for the background check and a small fee for doing the transfer, also correct?

Thirdly, since I was not charged sales tax by PSA, will my local FFL charge me the sales tax associated with the sale?

If all this sounds stupid or has been covered millions of times, I apologize, I just have never done this before and am wondering what to expect.
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Old 05-08-2017, 02:11 PM   #2
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You are correct about the first two questions (background check, paperwork, and fee). Regarding (state) sales tax, that depends. I assume PSA did not charge you sales tax because it is an out of state sale (or for some states there is no sales tax). Your state of residence most likely does not have a provision for charging sales tax on out of state sales. You will not be charged sales tax if that is the case.

That said, I believe there is legislation to charge state of residence sales tax on Internet out of state sales, but I believe it only applies (or previously applied) to companies that have a physical presence in the purchaser's state of residence. I know Amazon recently began collecting sales tax on all sales.
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Old 05-08-2017, 02:58 PM   #3
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Shouldn't be any sales tax unless PSA has a retail outlet in your state. Your dealer will receive the firearm and handle the paperwork for a small fee, I've seen anywhere from $15.00 to $50.00.

Enjoy your new gun.
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