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.
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: 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:
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).
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)
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
Handgun: Safety Demonstration must be performed
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-2013 (subject to change):
Base Cost/In person transfers per firearm:
Cost + FFL Fee + DROS + CA Sales Tax (7.5%,
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)
$50 ($30 w/discount) FFL non-Private Party Transfer Fee for first handgun,
$45 ($25 w/discount) for each additional handgun 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.
$45 ($25 w/discount) FFL non-Private Party Transfer Fee for first Long gun,
$35 ($15 w/discount) for each additional long gun processed at the same
$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.
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 1 handgun or for any number of rifles/shotguns
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