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July 11, 2017

ATF Q&A: Firearms Transactions


My state has a concealed carry permit. Are there any special compliance considerations to take into account when selling a handgun to a person who is permitted to carry a concealed firearm?

If the concealed weapons permit issued in your state has been qualified by ATF as an alternative to a background check under the provisions of federal firearms laws, you must comply with the following requirements when transferring a firearm to an unlicensed person pursuant to this permit alternative:

  • Have the transferee complete and sign ATF Form 4473, Firearms Transaction Record.
  • Verify the identity of the transferee through government-issued photo identification (for example, a driver’s license).
  • Verify that the permit was issued within the past five years by the state in which the transfer is to occur, that the permit is valid and that the permit has not expired.
  • Record on the Form 4473 any identifying number from the permit, its date of issuance, and its expiration date.

A listing of permits that qualify as an alternative to a background check under the provisions of federal firearms law may be found at https://www.atf.gov/rules-and-regulations/permanent-brady-permit-chart