Location: Simi Valley, CA
Note: the email address used will change without notice due to spammers
Below is a brief summary of the transfer process,
just so you get an idea of what has to be done.
Sometimes things are a bit different,
so feel free to ask if you have a different situation.
NOTE: Marijuana is illegal under Federal law.
Per the BATF if you have a Medical Marijuana card or you use marijuana,
you are not able to transfer a firearm.
Please do not have any firearms shipped for transfer as the transfer can not
Any handgun must be on the CA DOJ certified list,
with the exception of some firearms such as certain single action revolvers and
private party transfers.
Semi-auto longguns must be legal for CA and not considered a so-called "assualt
See the CA DOJ web page for more specifics.
Note: If your CA ID/DL has "Federal Limits Apply" on the front of it, additional requirements apply due to recent CA DOJ changes. Please ask if you are not aware of the additional requirements.
Note: Due to issues with sales tax, I will not transfer any firearms from "penny auction" sites. The CA BOE says that sales tax is due based on the total the company receives for the auction (cost of all bids + the sale price + shipping), which is impossible to accurately calculate since the companies will not say how much money they received. This means that the only option is to use the highest cost for a bid.
This assumes you know where you want to get the firearm from:
I do not send a copy of my FFL to non-licensed individuals.
There is no requirement for FFLs to give a copy of their FFL to non-licensees,
please see the end of Page 2, beginning of Page 3:
In addition, the BATF tells FFLs to not give a copy of their FFL to
Shipment of firearms from non-FFLs require a copy of their government ID in advance of shipping to document who it came from
It is the buyer's responsibilty to ensure that the seller agrees to providing what is needed and does not demand additional non-required information
You need to arrange for payment of the firearm to the seller,
this can be done concurrently with the sending of my FFL
I will mail (USPS, I don't fax my FFL) my FFL,
which will take a couple of days,
or email my FFL (now acceptable).
NOTE: If you order a firearm from a place which already has my FFL without
sending me an email,
you may NOT be notified that the firearm arrived
and storage/abandon firearm policies apply.
So if you want to be notified,
please send an email with your information and the order information.
Due to multiple problems,
I no longer accept firearms from Bud's Gunshop (budsgunshop.com).
I send my FFL as password protected PDF,
which the password is known information for the other FFL.
This is done to prevent my FFL from being given out and provides a means for tracking where a person got my ffl from.
Adobe provides a free PDF reader.
Some Microsoft PDF readers are broken and are not able to open a password protected PDF.
So please ensure that the FFL seller can open such a file.
Once my FFL arrives,
the shipper will be able to ship the firearm,
it is nice if the shipper provides a tracking number
When the firearm arrives,
I will let you know so that you can arrange a time to start the paperwork
In order to start the paperwork,
you will need to have the required documenation:
Handgun: HSC (Handgun Safety Certificate) or FSC for all firearms as of 01-Jan-2015
Handgun: Proof of residency (Vehicle registration, utility bill, etc.)
Government document Proof of residency if your ID does not have your current residence address (Vehicle registration, etc.)
CA ID or Driver's License (the photo ID has to be valid, a paper copy is not acceptable)
Payment of fees required, cash or check
Waiting period of 10 days (240 hours from time DROS is submitted).
After waiting period or near to the end of the waiting period,
you need to arrange a time to pickup the firearm and complete
Safety Demonstration must be performed for all firearms effective 01-Jan-2015
Certified Lock and a Copy of the receipt within 30 days or Affidavit Stating Ownership of
an Acceptable Gun Safe or Lock Box. Federal law requires handguns be transferred with a lock.
Letter stating that the firearm is from a private party,
that it is an occasional sale and the seller does not have a business,
if applicable (so that sales tax is not collected on the price of the
firearm). This ONLY applies to purchases from within CA or if the firearm is a C&R handgun and you have a C&R FFL.
It is best to have this letter before starting the paperwork.
Please realize that I am providing this service as a service to the community
and it is not a full-time profession.
This means that I am not always available and sometimes my schedule will demand
a change in when you can start the paperwork and/or pick up the firearm.
I also have a
customer agreement (please click on and read)
which needs to be signed,
for my protection and to ensure a clear understanding of the fees.
If this is not acceptable then I would strongly suggest that you use the
services of another FFL.
Prices Effective as of 01-Jan-2022 (subject to change):
Base Cost/In person transfers per firearm:
Cost + FFL Fee + DROS + CA Sales Tax (7.25% effective 01-Jan-2017,
applies to FFL fee and perhaps firearm, see below).
FYI: CA limits the fee for private party transfers to $10 and
is defined as a transfer in which both parties show up at the
FFL and fill out the required paperwork.
The FFL fee is not a state fee.
$10 FFL Private Party Transfer Fee per firearm (no discount available)
$60 ($40 w/discount) FFL non-Private Party Transfer Fee for first firearm,
$50 ($30 w/discount) for each additional firearm processed at the same time,
some limitations apply to handgun transfers
Buyer may be required to provide a dummy round or empty
brass for the firearm safety demonstration.
$20 discount per firearm with proof of membership in a firearms
rights organization, such as the NRA, GOA, etc.
(see links for some of the acceptable organizations),
except for private party transfers.
This discount is given at my sole discression and may not be given or cancelled at any time and for any reason.
It does not apply to firearms left over 30 days without prior agreement.
NOTE: Effective immediately the CRPA is
considered an acceptable organization for the discount due to what I consider serious issues with the organization.
My issues with CRPA
"dirty gun" fee:
$20 minimum fee to deal with firearms which need special handling procedures, such as cosmoline coated firearms.
$25 in addition to the Transfer cost only if you know exactly
what you want and where to get it from (with limited exceptions
based on the catalogs that I have). 100% prepaid in advance.
No refunds after the order has been placed (very limited
exceptions). Other orders by special arrangement.
All business is done by appointment. If you are late for an
appointment by over 15 minutes, there will be a charge of $60/hour with a minimum
charge of $15.
Sales Tax must be collected on the FFL fee if the firearm is
subject to sales tax.
Sales Tax must be collected on the price of the firearm
if purchased from a business, regardless of whether the other
business in in CA or not
(see web page for CA BOE information) and does not apply if
purchased from a CA private party if it is an occasional sale
(need letter stating this).
CA Sales Tax Firearms Information (495.0843 & 495.0848)
$25 ($19 + $1 + $5) for any numer of firearms transferred at the same time.
In order to transfer a firearm, you need to either have a safe which
meets the requirements of CA or you need to purchase a
certified gun lock within 30 days of the transfer. Also, for
the safe handling demonstration for handguns, you will need to
provide a snapcap/dummy round (I have some calibers, but not
all). Federal law requires a lock for handguns.
For handgun purchases you need to have a HSC certificate, which
is not the Hunter Safety Certificate, but the Handgun Safety
Certificate. Effective 01-Jan-2015, you will need a FSC (Firearm safety certificate) for any firearm. The HSC will still be valid for handguns until it expires.
$10/day, per item, for each item left for 30 days or more, charged from the first day. There is no storage charge for items picked up in under 30 days. Other storage by prior arrangement.
Any firearm left for over 45 days (total) will be considered abandoned and will become the FFL's property. This and any storage charge may be waived by advance agreement or under unusual circumstances with independent verification. The reason for this is to strongly encourage the prompt pickup of all items.
PROVIDING COPIES OF FEDERAL LICENSEES TO UNLICENSED PERSONS
A person not licensed under the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA), and not
prohibited from acquiring firearms, may purchase a firearm from an
out-of-State source and obtain the firearm, in-state, if an arrangement is
made with a Federal firearms licensee in the purchaser's State of residence.
A firearm may be transferred to the in-state licensee, who then completes the
transfer to the unlicensed person, also completing the ATF Form 4473 and
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) national Instant Criminal Background
Check System (NICS) requirements.
Section 27 CFR 478.94 requires licensees to verify the identity and licensed
status prior to transferring a firearm to a person who states they are
licensed to receive it. "Verification shall be established by the
transferee furnishing to the transferor a certified copy of the transferee's
license and by such other means as the transferor deems necessary..."
section does not apply to transfers between a licensee and an unlicensed
A licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer selling or
otherwise disposing of firearms, and a licensed collector selling or
otherwise disposing of curios or relics, to another licensee shall verify the
identity and licensed status of the transferee prior to making the
transaction. Verification shall be established by the transferee furnishing
to the transferor a certified copy of the transferee's license and by such
other means as the transferor deems necessary: Provided, That it shall not be
required (a) for a transferee who has furnished a certified copy of its
license to a transferor to again furnish such certified copy to that
transferor during the term of the transferee's current license, (b) for a
licensee to furnish a certified copy of its license to another licensee if a
firearm is being returned either directly or through another licensee to such
licensee and (c) for licensees of multilicensed business organizations to
furnish certified copies of their licenses to other licensed locations
operated by such organization: Provided further, That a multilicensed
business organization may furnish to a transferor, in lieu of a certified
copy of each license, a list, certified to be true, correct and complete,
containing the name, address, license number, and the date of license
expiration of each licensed location operated by such organization, and the
transferor may sell or otherwise dispose of firearms as provided by this
section to any licensee appearing on such list without requiring a certified
copy of a license therefrom. A transferor licensee who has the certified
information required by this section may sell or dispose of firearms to a
licensee for not more than 45 days following the expiration date of the