You can buy firearms online (see the clickable ads for our preferred online stores and auction sites below), but due to federal regulations, online gun stores will not ship firearms directly to you or non-FFL holders. They can ship them to your local Federal Firearms License (FFL) gun dealer, who will then perform any background checks and paperwork required in your state/locality.
Nearly all dealers will accept a transfer for you. They will perform all the required background checks and paperwork for your area, and charge a transfer fee (typically $25–$50). It’s your responsibility to contact your FFL dealer to learn their policies, procedures and any applicable fees they might charge.
Note: Online gun stores can accept a faxed or scanned e-mail copy of your dealer’s signed FFL license. Make sure your name or order number is with the dealer’s license so that the store knows to apply it to your order.
In order to ship firearms to California, online stores need a valid FFL number and a valid five-digit California Firearms Licensee Check (CFLC) number.