Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to several common questions about purchasing and transferring firearms:

How old do I have to be to purchase a firearm?
What is an FFL?
Will Texas High Caliber do a gun transfer for me?
Can I provide background check information over the phone before I pick up my firearm?
Can I purchase more than one firearm at a time?
Do I have to register my gun?

 

How old do I have to be to purchase a firearm?

In Texas, the legal age is 18 yrs. for shotgun and rifles and 21 yrs. for handguns. Each state has it's own age and eligibility requirements for firearms purchases. It is the BUYER’s responsibility to know your local and state laws. Check with your local police department, gun store or FFL holder before making any firearm purchase.

What is an FFL?

FFL is the abbreviation for a Federal Firearm License, a U.S. Government issued license required by individuals or companies in the business of selling firearms. FFL holders can also provide the service of “transferring” firearms to individuals who buy the firearm elsewhere and had it shipped to a local FFL holder meeting all local, state, and federal laws.

Will Texas High Caliber do a gun transfer for me?

Yes, if you wish to order a gun from somewhere else and have it sent to us so you can pick it up here. If we receive a gun to transfer to you, and you are a prohibited from owning it, you will be responsible for shipping back to the place you bought it. Check the FFL Transfers page for more detailed information about the fee's involved.

Can I provide background check information over the phone before I pick up my firearm?

No. By law, the required paperwork (ATF Form 4473) is to be filled out in the presence of a Texas High Caliber employee. The background check will be initiated with the FBI NICS at the time the form is filled out.

Can I purchase more than one firearm at a time?

Yes. If an individual purchases more than one handgun in a 5 business day period, your FFL Dealer will have to turn in a Multi-Gun Form to the FBI and their local authorities.

Do I have to register my gun?

No, you do not have to register your gun after you buy it. The government considers your gun sufficiently registered by you filling out the form 4473. The gun dealer must keep these forms for 20 years after the sale.