List Of Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to buy ammo online?

YES! In most areas of the US you can buy ammo online and have it shipped to your door. Buying ammo online is easier, cheaper, and gives you access to a much wider selection.

Does ammo go bad or expire?

If stored properly, ammo can easily outlast you! Proper storage means cool, dry, and without temperature swings. If exposed to excessive humidity or extreme temperatures ammo can degrade over time. There are countless stories of military surplus ammo being shot more than 100 years after it was manufactured!

Is ammo corrosive?

Most ammo is not corrosive. However, in ammo that is corrosive it is generally the primer that causes corrosion. Any ammo with corrosive primers will be clearly marked.

Do I need a license to buy ammo online?

There are some areas that require a license to buy ammo anywhere and buying online is no exception. Once you have ordered, you will be prompted to forward your license if need be ( from the invoice ).

Can I buy guns online?

YES! You can buy guns online and have them shipped to a local FFL dealer of your choice for transfer. Local restrictions still apply but by buying online you get a much wider selection at better prices.

Is there a minimum age to order?

The Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA), which regulates firearms at the federal level, requires that citizens and legal residents must be at least 18 years of age to purchase shotguns or rifles and ammunition. All other firearms — handguns, for example — can only be sold to people 21 and older.

State or local officials may implement higher age restrictions but are not allowed to lower the federal minimum.

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Who's restricted from purchasing or possessing firearms?

Fugitives, people deemed a danger to society and patients involuntarily committed to mental institutions are among those who may not purchase firearms. People with prior felony convictions that include a prison sentence exceeding one year, or misdemeanors carrying sentences of more than two years, are also prohibited from purchasing firearms.

Federal law also blocks the sale of guns to people who have been found guilty of unlawfully possessing or using controlled substances within the past year. This includes marijuana, which, though legalized in many US states, remains illegal under federal law.

Other restrictions apply to people who have been issued restraining orders by courts to prevent harassment, stalking or threatening; people who have renounced their citizenship; dishonorably discharged military personnel; unauthorized migrants; and people temporarily visiting the US on nonimmigrant visas, for example as tourists.

Does the federal or state government regulate firearms?

The Second Amendment serves as the legal basis for the “right of the people to keep and bear arms.”

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Though state and local governments regulate whether residents may, for example, carry guns in public, laws regulating who may receive or possess guns are set out at the federal level.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), a division of the Department of Justice, administers the GCA. The ATF also regulates the standards for issuing licenses to gun vendors.

Shotguns, rifles, machine guns, firearm mufflers and silencers are regulated by the National Firearms Act of 1934. The purchase of semi-automatic weapons is legal in most states, as are automatic weapons made before 1986.

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Is a background check required to purchase a firearm?

Yes. The amendment to the 1968 Gun Control Act — known as the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993 — requires holders of FFLs to conduct a background check. Potential firearm purchasers fill out a federal form known as the ATF 4473, which checks for prior convictions and other red flags. FFL holders then use the information provided on the form in the background check.

States may decide whether the background check is carried out solely by the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) or a combination of the NICS and state agency information. Roughly 30 states rely solely on the NICS.

Estimated to take under 10 minutes by phone or online, the check gives the FFL holder an immediate answer: approve, delay or deny. A delay indicates the need for further research for three business days, after which point FFL holders can act at their own discretion if the research proves inconclusive.

The Brady law, however, does not apply to someone who is obtaining a firearm from an individual without an FFL.

Do states require permits to purchase firearms?

Only a dozen of the US’s 50 states require purchase permits for handguns. Of those states, only three — California, Connecticut and Hawaii — require permits for the purchase of rifles and shotguns.

California, for example, requires applicants to pass a written test and enroll in a gun safety class to obtain purchase permits. States with this requirement do not recognize the “concealed carry reciprocity” policies of some states, which allow gun owners licensed in one state to bring their weapons to another.