Ownership

Can I Purchase a Firearm for Someone Else?

December 19, 2018

By David S. Katz Can I buy a firearm for another person? No.  This would be a “straw man” purchase.  In order to legally purchase a firearm from a dealer, you must be the “actual purchaser or transferee.”  If you are not the actual purchaser or transferee, it is illegal for you to complete the…

What is an FFL (Federal Firearms License) & Who Must Have One?

December 18, 2018

By David S. Katz What is an FFL? An “FFL” or Federal Firearms License is a license required by federal law for people or companies engaged in the business of buying and selling firearms.  A federal firearms licensee is often called an “FFL” or “dealer.”  When an individual purchases, sells, or transfers a firearm through…

Appealing a Denied or Delayed Background Check Response

December 13, 2018

Persons who believe they have been erroneously denied or delayed a firearm transfer based on a match to a record returned by the NICS may request an appeal of their “deny” or “delay” decision.  All appeal inquiries must be submitted to the NICS Section’s Appeal Service Team (AST) in writing, either online on the FBI’s…

Firearm Background Checks – General Information.

December 12, 2018

Background checks are done by firearms dealers when transferring firearms (selling or trading).  These background checks are completed through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System or NICS, prior to the transfer of a firearm from an FFL dealer to a non-dealer.  When the prospective purchaser/transferee’s information is given to NICS, the system will check…

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