It is legal to buy and sell firearms in the US, provided you obey federal, state and local laws. GunBroker.com facilitates the legal exchange of firearms and accessories between adults.
Transfer of firearms ownership requires an FFL holder:
Transfer of firearms ownership between individuals must be managed by a third party who is a Federal Firearms License (FFL) holder.
Buyers should either have an FFL or find an FFL in their local area to take delivery and manage the transfer of the item for them before they place a bid or purchase an item. This typically means the buyer must contact a local gun shop and make arrangements for the transfer.
Typically, accessories (such as holsters, clips, sights, scopes, etc.) do not have to be shipped through an FFL. Non-firearm items, such as air guns, knives, ammunition, antique guns that were built before 1899, and some gun parts do not require transfer by a licensed dealer but may require proof of age before shipping.
Please review the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) FAQ about transferring ownership of firearms by unlicensed persons: http://www.atf.gov/qa-category/unlicensed-persons.
Please review the Firearms Shipping Guide for information about how to ship firearms, including tips on using several popular carriers.
If you have any questions or concerns about whether an item can be shipped to you, please contact your local FFL holder, or send a message to the seller by clicking Ask Seller a Question, located in the item listing prior to placing a bid.
You must be an adult who is able to enter into a contract. There are age limits on the sale of certain items. The seller will ask you to verify your age (typically, by mailing a copy of your driver's license) before you purchase the item.
- In general, you must be at least 18 years old to buy items on this site.
- To buy pistol ammunition, you must be at least 21 years old.
- To buy rifle ammunition, you must be at least 18 years old.
Anyone purchasing a firearm must be able to pass a background check. See https://www.atf.gov/questions-and-answers/firearms-qas for more information.
Certain types of items are illegal in certain states; for example, assault weapons cannot be sold in California, and certain types of ammunition are illegal in certain states and cities. We recommend you review:
Click here for information on Exporting Firearms from the US.
We encourage buyers to comply with all laws and regulations regarding the purchase of firearms and related items on GunBroker.com. Not complying with the law is a breach of the GunBroker.com User Agreement, and may result in the suspension of user privileges or be subject to legal action. As a reminder, these actions are prohibited by our User Agreement:
- Use of the site by underage persons: by placing a bid on this site, you are certifying you are of legal age to purchase the item, and you have a legal right to buy and own the item
- Use of the site by persons falsely representing themselves
- Failure to abide by applicable state, federal and local laws
See also the following related articles:
Click here for a list of additional resources concerning federal and state firearms laws.