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California Requirements for Purchasing Firearms

Are You a First Time Gun Buyer?

If this is the first firearm you have ever bought, or if you haven’t purchased a gun in many years, and you just don’t know where to start, don’t worry; this article is here to help you navigate the process.

The first question to ask yourself is what type of firearm you want to purchase? Are you looking for a handgun or a long gun like a rifle or shotgun? Both firearms require you to be 21 and require almost the same paperwork, but buying a handgun requires one more step.

Wide Selection Of Firearms

Let’s talk about purchasing a long gun like a shotgun first

You will need a valid California driver’s license or identification card with your current address. If your address does not match your driver’s license or identification card, you must take a trip to the DMV and get a change of address card or receipt.

If your driver’s license or Identification card is not a real ID, you must present a valid passport or birth certificate to prove citizenship or residentatial status.

If you have your driver’s license and/or identification card in order, the next step is to visit your local gun store, preferably Empire Guns and Ammo.

You must take a multiple-choice test to obtain your firearm safety card (FSC), and you can study for that test by visiting Firearm Safety Certificate Study Guide.

Now is the time to pick out and purchase your long gun. Your gun store will run your background using the identification you presented. After a ten-day waiting period, you will return to pick up your long gun.

Buying A Handgun

When buying a handgun, you will need the same information as a long gun, except you’ll need to provide a second ID.

Example of a second ID includes: utility bills, Car registration, fishing license, etc. As a reminder, all identification and information must be valid and not expire when your firearms get picked up.

If you have questions, give us a call at (951) 530-8113 or come visit us at the shop for more information.