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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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Old 12-20-2017, 06:35 PM   #4
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I buy all my firearms online. My state (Hawaii) I have to do all background paperwork before my gun permit on line purchase arrives. I have to give my FFL number to the store I bought the gun. As soon I pay for the pistol. It is shipped to my FFL. I Do not pay taxes, but do pay extra shipping due to shipping out here. Usually the price of my pistol I bought is still cheaper, including shipping. Then if I bought my pistol out here.
When pistol arrives I have to take my Background paperwork to my FFL and he fills in the serial numbers in the paperwork. Then I take it to the polices station for processing. I have to wait two weeks for background checks to get finished. This is on every gun buy out here. The police officer in the gun section gives you your paperwork for your gun permit and you take it back to your FFL where you pay the fee the register of your gun in the state. Usually $25.00 for myself and all ex-military, normally $50.00 for non-military. Then you take back to police station the police check the paperwork to the gun you bought, and then gives you your gun with the permit signed you own the gun. That's what I go through every time I by a gun. Hope this helps.
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Old 12-27-2017, 08:10 AM   #5
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Hello Sir,

Yes, you will be required to complete Federal Form 4473 to purchase a firearm. That is required by the ATF. Most state laws also require you to fill it out. Of interest, there are approximately 4,000 orders out right now to confiscate firearms that folks purchased that were demeaned illegal by the ATF, i.e. delayed background checks. PSA is located in my home state of SC. They will not ship to anyone that is not a legit FFL holder.

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