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Step-by-step Guide to Purchasing a Firearm PDF Print E-mail

Purchasing a firearm is an important decision, and Black Smoke Firearms (BSF) encourages its customers to carefully consider all aspects of firearm ownership before purchase, including your reason for ownership, local laws governing ownership and use, and firearm safety. Once you are ready, our team can help you select the firearm that best suits your needs. This step-by-step guide will help you purchase a firearm from Black Smoke Firearms.

Step 1: Follow all safety instructions for handling and purchasing firearms.

Black Smoke Firearms has access to a large selection of firearms and we can assist you in all aspects or your purchase, including selection, use, and safety. Throughout your firearm purchase, safety is our top priority. Please adhere to the following safety guidelines at all times when handling and purchasing a firearm from BSF.

  • Firearms may not be loaded in the store, and customers may not handle a firearm and ammunition at the same time
  • Customer must examine firearms one at a time with a BSF associate. BSF does not stock firearms, but has a large selection available for order.
  • Please follow basic safety precautions when handling and examining a firearm, including keeping the firearm pointed in a safe direction and handling the firearm as if it were loaded
  • Please follow all directions and instructions from BSF team members at all times

Step 2: Verify that you meet the age requirements for purchasing a firearm

You must be the following age to purchase a firearm from BSF

  • Rifles and Shotguns. You must be at least 18 years of age to purchase a rifle or shotgun, and at least 21 years of age to purchase a pistol-grip shotgun.
  • Handguns. You must be at least 21 years of age to purchase a handgun

Step 3: Provide proper identification and proof of residency.

Once BSF verifies that you meet the minimum age requirements, you must provide a valid government-issued photo ID containing your name, current home address and date of birth. A driver's license and passport are examples of acceptable identification. If your ID does not list your current address or if it lists a P.O. Box, you will need to provide and additional government document showing your current address, such as a voter registration card, vehicle registration, property tax bill, or a change of address form from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Non-U.S. Citizens. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you must also provide at least ninety (90) consecutive days proof of state residency. Examples of acceptable proof of residency include current bank or mortgage statements, rent receipts, property tax bills, insurance policies, major credit card bills, utility bills, federal, state, or local government documents.

  • Resident Aliens. If you are a Resident Alien, you must provide, in addition to ninety (90) consecutive days proof of state residency, a valid ID issued bu U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) containing your Alien Registration number (AR#).
  • Non-immigrant Aliens. If you are a Non-immigrant Alien, you must provide, in addition to Ninety (90) consecutive days proof of state residency, a valid ID issues by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) containing your admission number (I-94#), and a valid state-issued hunting license from any U.S. state, a foreign Law Enforcement Permit or Foreign Dignitary or Emissary Waiver.

Step 4: Complete a federal Firearms Transaction Record - Form 4473

Once you provide proper identification can proof of residency, you must complete a federal Firearms Transaction Record - Form 4473. This document requires you to provide information and answer important questions regarding your firearm purchase, and it records the results of your federal background check.

Step 5: Pay for your Firearm

Once you have completed the Form 4473, you will be presented with a printed quote of the firearms that you would like to purchase. At this time you will sign the quote and pay for the firearm in full. BSF will place your order on the same business day in most cases. Most firearms are delivered from our distributors to the BSF storefront the next business day.

Step 6: Pass the NICS Background Check

Once you complete the Firearms Transaction Record - Form 4473, and paid for your firearm, you must pass a criminal background check performed using the National Instant Background Check System (NICS) or equivalent state system. BSF will contact NICS for the background check, provide NICS with information on your purchase and await a response. NICS will provide one of the following responses:

  • Proceed. This response means that NICS did not identify any records prohibiting the transfer of a firearm. BSF requires a Proceed response from NICS to complete a firearm sale.
  • Delayed. This response means that NICS needs additional time to process the background check. If NICS cannot complete the background check while you are in the store, you may contact NICS to inquire about the reason for the delay.
  • Denied. This response means that you did not pass the background check. If you wish to appeal the denial, you may send a written request to NICS, and NICS will provide a written response explaining the reason for the denial. Please contact BSF for NICS contact information.

A Proceed response from NICS is valid for thirty (30) days from the day of the background check. If you do not purchase and pickup your firearm within thirty (30) days, you must complete a new Form 4473 and pass a new NICS background check.

Residents of Texas who present a valid Texas Concealed Handgun Permit, are exempt from the NICS background check requirement.

Step 7: Review your paperwork and firearm, and complete your purchase.

Once you pass the background check, a BSF employee will examine your paperwork when your firearm arrives to ensure that it meets all federal, state and local requirements, and review your selected firearm to ensure that it is the correct model, barrel length, and caliber/gauge. If both the paperwork and firearm are correct, BSF will record your purchase in our Acquisition/Disposition log. After your firearm is logged in BSF's Acquisition/Disposition log, a BSF employee will contact you by email or phone that your firearm is ready for pickup. Once you arrive at the store, your firearm will be turned over to you along with the receipt for your purchase.


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