How to purchase a firearm online

STEP 1 – SHOP

  • Choose your firearm, add to cart, and proceed to checkout.
  • Is this gun legal? (check local laws)
  • California Residents check here — California Handgun Roster

STEP 2 – CHECKOUT

  • Enter your FFL dealers name, phone number, and email in the “Order Notes” section.  (If you don’t have a local FFL dealer, let me know and I can help you find one)
  • Enter your payment info.

STEP 3 – TRANSFER

  • Take ownership of firearm from your local FFL. 
  • Background check will be done at your local FFL (Transfer fees may apply, inquire with your local FFL)

OUR FEES – Ordered a firearm online and need an FFL to accept the transfer?

  • Receiving a Firearm – $50.
  • Ammunition – $20 per order (regardless of quantity)
  • Firearms Safety Certificate (laminated) – $26
  • Private Party Transfers – $35, plus $10 per additional firearm.
  • DROS – $25

Purchasing A Firearm?

1)  WHAT DO I NEED TO PURCHASE A FIREARM?
To purchase a firearms you need the following:

  1. An acceptable form(s) of identification. (see FAQ #3 below)
  2. Be a California resident and have proof of it. (see FAQ #4 below)
  3. An FSC card or be exempt. (see FAQ #2 below)
  4. Provide a thumbprint at the time of sale.
  5. Safe Handling Demonstration: Before a firearm is picked up, customer must be able to perform a safe handling demonstration to prove that he / she can load, unload, lock, unlock, and safely handle the firearm. This test is performed here in the store, under the supervision of our personnel.

2)  FSC CARD? DO I NEED ONE?

Firearm purchasers must have a valid Firearm Safety Certificate (FSC) to purchase a firearm. Discount Gun Mart is an officially authorized test provider for California FSC program. The FSC test is comprised of 30 multiple choice questions, you can download a study guide here, Firearm Safety Certificate Study Guide.  Certain people are exempted from the FSC requirement. For a list of exemptions, click here. Exempt persons must provide documentation. If you would like to get your FSC, please send us a message.

3)  WHAT IS AN ACCEPTABLE FORM OF IDENTIFICATION?

A valid California driver’s license, California State ID card, or Military ID. (Military see FAQ #7 below for more information). No temporary, invalidated or expired licenses are permitted. License must be electronically scanned; if unable to be scanned, then a photocopy must be retained. Driver’s licenses that have been invalidated due to outstanding tickets or other serious problems will prevent transfer. If your ID has either an outdated residence address or a P.O. box listed as your address, then Federal Law requires an additional government identification that lists your physical address or new, current address. Some acceptable documents that help prove residential address are: official DMV information printout showing correct address, voter registration card returned to you in the mail confirming your residential address, DMV Automobile Registration, Security Guard Card, CCW permit, etc.

4)  WHAT DO I NEED FOR PROOF OF RESIDENCY?

For all firearms, Federal law requires a government issued identification that shows residence address. If your ID has a P.O. Box or outdated residence address, a second form of government issued license or ID is required. Some acceptable examples that can show current residence address are: Official DMV printout showing correct address, voter registration card returned to you in the mail confirming your address, current automobile registration, or other government issued document that shows your residence address.  Additionally for handguns, California requires proof of residency, even if your State issued ID has your current address. Some acceptable examples are: Current CA automobile registration, signed rental or lease agreement, recent utility bill, or a valid government issued license of some sort that has an expiration date. Here are all acceptable forms of proof of residency: CA acceptable Proof of residency.

5)  I AM AN ALIEN. CAN I BUY (OR RENT) A GUN AND/OR AMMUNITION?
Yes, with the following conditions:

Immigrant Aliens & Aliens from Visa Wavier Countries
Immigrant aliens may possess, purchase, & rent firearms & purchase ammunition. In addition, if an alien is visiting from a country that does not require a visa to be admitted to the US, (see the US State Dept list here) may also purchase and possess firearms & ammo. However, they still must satisfy all other requirements for purchase. The buyer’s “A” number must be provided on 4473 and DROS; a photocopy of their INS issued Alien registration card or Admission number (form I94W) must be provided.

Non-immigrant Visa Aliens
Non-immigrant aliens admitted to the US with a visa in certain cases may also purchase, rent or possess firearms or ammunition.
Non-immigrant aliens with a visa must satisfy these special requirements:

  1. Must provide the visa showing the admission number.
  2. In addition, aliens admitted under a non-immigrant visa must meet one of these exemptions and provide supporting documentation:

If the alien:

  1. is in possession of a hunting license or permit lawfully issued by the Federal Government, a State, or local government, or an Indian tribe federally recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which is valid and unexpired;
  2. was admitted to the United States for lawful hunting or sporting purposes;
  3. has received a waiver from the prohibition from the Attorney General of the United States;
  4. is an official representative of a foreign government who is accredited to the United States Government or the Governments mission to an international organization having its headquarters in the United States;
  5. is en route to or from another country to which that alien is accredited;
  6. is an official of a foreign government or a distinguished foreign visitor who has been so designated by the Department of State; or
  7. is a foreign law enforcement officer of a friendly foreign government entering the United States on official law enforcement business.

6)  CAN ANY CALIFORNIA ID BE USED FOR PURCHASES?

No, here is why:

Recently, California DMV began issuing all renewed and new issue
driver’s licenses as AB60 compliant licenses – even for US citizens and
permanent resident Aliens.

CA AB60 was signed into law by Governor Brown and mandates that the DMV
issue driver’s licenses regardless of immigration status. All licenses
issued after January 22, 2018 fall into this category UNLESS you go
these extra steps: apply for and get issued a “REAL ID” which involves
taking additional documents to the DMV in person.

For further information and images showing the REAL ID:
https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/realid

To prevent possible delays on firearm purchases, DGM encourages all of
our customers to apply for a REAL ID when you renew your driver’s
license. THIS CANNOT BE DONE BY MAIL.

You will need a REAL ID when you want to fly or access military bases
or federal facilities after October 2020, (only about 2 1/2 years from
now), unless you also have a passport.

AB60 compliant licenses state on the face “FEDERAL LIMITS APPLY” and
“This card is not acceptable for official federal purposes.” on the back.

For more information on how this affects CA firearm buyers, see the
CRPA website article:
https://www.crpa.org/crpa-news/real-id-update-part-3/

7)  IS THERE A WAITING PERIOD & BACKGROUND CHECK TO PURCHASE FIREARMS?

All firearms purchasers must pass a background check to ensure that they are not in a prohibited class. For a list of prohibiting categories, go here:Prohibiting Categories  The background check is performed during the mandatory ten (10) day waiting period. Law Enforcement officers are exempted with an official letter. For waiting period purposes, 1 day equals 24 hours. All waiting periods are calculated exactly, including minutes, etc. Background check is valid for thirty (30) days from date of transmission to DOJ. This provides a twenty (20) day window in which to pick up a firearm, after the mandatory waiting period. Purchasers are limited to one handgun purchase per thirty (30) days, calculated from date & time of transmission to DOJ. Consignment & private party transfers are exempt from one handgun every thirty days.

8)  I AM IN THE MILITARY, CAN I BUY A GUN? WHAT DO I NEED?

Service Members with a Military ID and a copy of purchaser’s current orders showing a permanent duty station in California qualify as proof of residency for firearms purchases and Military ID is proof of exemption from FSC requirements. No temporary duty orders are acceptable if permanent duty is outside of California. If no permanent duty station orders are available, a letter from the purchaser’s command on official letterhead stating permanent duty status in California; otherwise, purchaser must have either a California driver’s license or California State ID Card. A California driver’s license or California State ID card may be used for identification purposes with appropriate proof of address documentation (see FAQ #4), and Active Duty Military ID may be used for FSC exemption.

9)  WHY DO I NEED TO BUY A LOCK? WHAT LAW(S) APPLY?

For any transfer of a handgun (including repairs), Federal law (18 U.S.C. chapter 44, section 922(z)) requires a locking device to accompany the firearm when it is picked up. Exemptions: most law enforcement officers, most law enforcement departments and firearms on the curio and relics list (CA does not exempt curios and relics, so this exemption would only apply to repaired curios & relics since repairs are not required under CA law to be locked).

In addition, California law (P.C.12087) requires all firearms (handguns & long guns) sold, transferred or manufactured in CA to have an APPROVED firearm safety device that has been purchased within 30 days of the delivery date (receipt required). For long guns (rifles & shotguns) a safe affidavit may be signed under penalty of perjury stating the make and model of a suitable gun safe. Conflict with Federal law prevents this affidavit from working with handguns. This requirement has exemptions for law enforcement and “antique” firearms as defined under federal law.

One last requirement: The City of San Diego Municipal Code 33.4212 requires that the locking device be attached to the firearm when the transfer occurs.

Federal / State Firearms Regulations

All Federal and State firearms regulations are available on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) website www.ATF.gov. The following information was taken directly from the publications available on this website and are intended to utilized as a guide and are not intended to be wholly inclusive of the entire Gun Control Act of 1968 or any state legislation. For more information regarding the entirety of all Federal and State firearms regulations please consult the information provided at the above website.

Federal Regulations:

  • You must be 21 years of age to purchase a handgun from a Federal Firearms Licensed dealer (FFL)
  • You must be 18 years of age to purchase a long gun from a FFL dealer
  • All handguns must be transferred from an FFL dealer to the customer in the state of the customer’s residence
  • Long guns can be purchased and transferred to a resident of any state in any state provided that the transfer is legal in both the purchaser’s state and the state in which the transfer is taking place
  • State residency regulations vary from state to state. Please click the following link (https://www.atf.gov/publications/firearms/index.html) to see if the firearm you are interested in can be transferred to you in any of our 29 retail locations.
  • Customers must complete the federal ATF F 4473 and pass the required Brady Act background check before a firearm can be transferred

State Regulations:
All State paperwork (in addition to the ATF F 4473) must be completed prior to the transfer of a firearm to the purchaser. All state or locally required WAITING PERIODS begin when the purchaser patronizes the FFL dealers place of business and completes the required Federal and State paperwork. Waiting periods DO NOT begin when the firearm is paid for on-line or when the firearm is shipped.