Ordering Firearms Online from CenterfireGuns

Buying a firearm online is fairly simple as long as you understand how Federal and State firearm laws pertain to you and what we as a business that ships firearms must do to comply with these Federal and/or State regulations. The basic process is:

YOU: Must understand the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act and how it applies to your firearm purchase.

YOU: Need to select a valid holder of a Federal Firearms License (FFL) for us to ship the firearm to.

WE: Will verify the FFL you have selected and ship your firearm to the FFL.

FFL: Will have you complete ATF Form 4473, perform a background check, and transfer the firearm to you. Most FFL's will charge you a fee for this service which is your responsibility to pay to the FFL.

STEP 1 - The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993

In 1993, Congress enacted the Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act, commonly referred to as the Brady Act or the Brady Bill. The Act requires background checks be conducted on any individual purchasing firearms from federally licensed firearms dealers unless an exception applies. The responsibility for conducting these background checks rests with state and local government. Some states perform their own background checks, but most states use theNational Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).


- Have been convicted in any court of, a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.
- Are a fugitive from justice.
- Are a unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance.
- Have been adjudicated as a mental defective or have been committed to a mental institution.
- Are an alien illegally or unlawfully in the U.S. or an alien admitted to U.S. under a nonimmigrant visa.
- Have been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions.
- Have renounced your citizenship to the U.S.
- Are subject to a court order that restrains you from harassing , stalking, or threatening an intimate partner.
- Have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.

If you are unsure of your record, the FBI and most states will allow you to do a self background check for a fee. Be aware that even if your self-check comes back "clean", your firearm purchase may still be denied due to other circumstances not listed here.

STEP 2 - Selecting a FFL

All firearms and lowers must be shipped to a valid holder of a FFL. During registration or checkout, our FFL Locator will allow you to easily locate a FFL near you  to ship the firearm or lower to.

There are two ways to select a FFL:
- If you choose to register with us, you can select a FFL from our FFL Locator in the address section of your account profile. This FFL will be saved to your account profile and be used as your "Preferred FFL" during checkout if there is a firearm or lower in your order.
- During checkout, if you do not have a Preferred FFL, you must select a FFL from our FFL Locator before you can complete the checkout process.

STEP 3 - Verifying the FFL

Once you have selected a FFL, we will take it from there. If we have not already verified the FFL, we will contact them to get a copy of their license. Once we have the license and have verified that it is valid, we will complete your order and ship your firearm. You will be notified via email that your order has shipped along with a tracking number so you can track the status of your shipment to the FFL.

There may be cases where the FFL you have selected does not have a valid license or will not accept a firearm transfer from us. In this case we will select the next closest FFL that will accept a firearm transfer from us and ask you via email to approve the new FFL we have found for you before we ship your firearm.

STEP 4 - Completing the Firearm Transfer

Upon receipt of the firearm, the FFL will require that you complete ATF Form 4473 which will allow the FFL to perform the required background check. Once you have passed the background check, the firearm will be transferred to you. If you fail the background check, you have the option of either returning the firearm to us, or working with your State law enforcement to correct your records so the transfer can be completed.