Can You Buy Guns Online?

Let’s be honest; making everyday purchases online has become very common. It is convenient and saves you tons of time. But what about if you’re looking to purchase a new firearm? Can you buy guns online? 

Can You Buy Guns Online?

Yes! It is possible to buy guns online, but the process and legality of doing so varies depending on state and federal laws. In general, it is legal for a person to purchase a firearm from a private individual or a licensed dealer who is in the same state as the buyer. However, when purchasing from a licensed dealer, the buyer must go through a few important and necessary steps. Purchasing a firearm from an out-of-state dealer or individual typically requires the involvement of a licensed dealer in the buyer’s state of residence, who will handle the transfer of the firearm and conduct a background check.

Buying Guns Online

When you’re looking to buy guns online, it is important to ensure that the seller is licensed and that the transaction complies with all applicable state and federal laws. One way to do this is by only buying from a Federal Firearms License (FFL) holder, who is authorized to conduct firearm transfers. It is also essential to review the policies of the website where you plan to make the purchase, as some online marketplaces may have their own restrictions on firearm sales.

Using an FFL

When purchasing a firearm from an FFL, the firearm will be “transferred” to you via an FFL Transfer. A transfer happens when you complete an ATF document known as Form 4473 (the firearms transaction record) and meet the background check criteria. Form 4473 needs information on the purchaser’s identity, as well as answers to a series of questions to check that you are not a prohibited person.

Background Checks

To legally purchase a gun online, the buyer must first pass a background check. This can be done by visiting a licensed firearms dealer in person, who will run the background check, or by submitting an application for a background check online through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). If the background check is approved, the buyer can then proceed with the purchase. The process for transferring the firearm from the seller to the buyer will depend on the laws of the state in which the buyer lives and the location of the seller.

Coordinate Pickup

When you’re ready to check out online for your firearm purchase, you will need to coordinate the pickup of the firearm from the FFL. You will need to provide them with your contact information so they can reach out once the firearm has arrived. The firearm will be shipped to them and then you can pick it up.

What Guns Can You Buy Online?

When it comes to the most popular types of guns that can be bought online, it depends on the location and the individual preferences of the buyer. However, common firearms purchased online include handguns, shotguns, and rifles. Within these categories, there are various models and types, such as revolvers, semi-automatic pistols, bolt-action rifles, and tactical shotguns. Many websites will offer a wide variety of firearms to choose from, and it is important for the buyer to research and compare different models before making a purchase.

It is important to note that buying a gun online is a serious responsibility and should be done with care and caution. It is the buyer’s responsibility to ensure that the purchase is legal and complies with all applicable laws. It is also important to handle and store firearms safely, and to use them responsibly.

Test Out Your New Firearm at Blackstone Shooting

Once you have your new firearm in your possession, come out to Blackstone Shooting Sports to test it out in our large indoor shooting range. If you don’t want to buy guns online and would rather purchase one in person, Blackstone Shooting also has a huge selection of handguns, shotguns, rifles, and shooting accessories at our gun shop. Our Charlotte gun shop is the one-stop shop to purchase your firearm, ammo and accessories in an approachable, easy-to-navigate space.

Terms & Conditions

Thank you for choosing Blackstone Shooting Sports! If you have any questions regarding a recent purchase, or product, please feel free to reach out to our knowledgeable Guest Support Team; chat with a team member 7-days a week from 10am until 9pm.

[email protected]704.414.6020
“Live Chat” available on our website

Visa / MasterCard / Discover / American Express Accepted

Buyer Responsibility & Legal Ownership Limitations

It is the buyer’s responsibility to ensure that the item being purchased is legal to own in your city / state. Verify with your receiving dealer if you are not 100% sure that it is legal. – Magazines that violate capacity restrictions will not be shipped or substituted.

You must be 18 or older to purchase a rifle or shotgun and 21 or older to purchase a handgun.
You are responsible for compliance to your local and state laws.
Be aware of restrictions on extended magazines and certain types of AR-15 style rifles.

Not for sale where prohibited.
Blackstone will not sell or transfer a firearm to any of the following states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Washington, Guam, Puerto Rico, Samoa, Virgin Islands. In addition, we do not conduct any international sales. **Last updated 01/01/2023 (subject to change)

Automatic Knives (OTF & OTS):
Blackstone will not sell or transfer any automatic knives to any of the following states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Washington, Guam, Puerto Rico, Samoa, Virgin Islands, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Virginia. **Last updated 01/01/2023 (subject to change)

During checkout you specify a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) near you who transfers the firearm to you, after successful background check if needed.
FFL can be your local Gun Shop, Gun Range or Pawn Shop willing to perform the transfer.

“Local Store Pick Up” in Charlotte, NC. *Sales tax may apply.
Blackstone Shooting Sports
2001 Wilkinson Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28208

The buyer is responsible for all FFL’s transfer fee/s upon pickup which is generally $15-30. “Local pickup” at our Charlotte location is free of charge.
For all FFL transfers, the firearm dealer (that we are sending the item/s to) must send us their valid license (FFL) by emailing ([email protected]). Blackstone is not responsible for any lost items shipped via USPS, FedEx, and UPS.

Ammunition Sales

All ammunition will be shipped FedEx or UPS ground; no air freight allowed.
Ammunition and firearms must be shipped separately.
Always make sure you order the correct ammunition for your specific firearm.

Federal law requires that you must be at least 18 years old to purchase shotgun and rifle ammunition and 21 years or older to purchase handgun ammo.

Check your state and local laws for any other restrictions before ordering.
Ammo Shipping Restrictions: Blackstone does not ship ammo to CA, IL, NY, NJ, MA, DC, CT, or P.O. Boxes

Return Policy & Warranty

We fundamentally believe you will be thrilled with the products you purchase from Blackstone Shooting Sports. That’s because we go out of our way to ensure we get you the exact products you need from the best brands in the industry. We understand, however, that sometimes a product may not be what you expected it to be. In that unlikely event, we invite you to review the following terms related to returning a product.

If you need to return an item or cancel an order, simply contact our Guest Support Team at 704-414-6020 or by emailing [email protected] (be sure to include your order #). Feel free to use the live chat function on our website for the fastest support. All inquires received during business hours are answered same day!

*All canceled and returned items are subject to a 10% restocking fee.

Please allow 1-5 business days to credit back to your original form of payment.

Damaged/Used Product: Unless there is a verifiable manufacturer’s defect with the merchandise, no returns will be accepted on damaged or used products. This includes firearm parts that have been previously installed.

Returns Within 30 Days: The original method of payment will be refunded in full. Merchandise must be in new condition with all original packaging, documentation, accompanying accessories, and a receipt.

Returns Within 10 days: The original method of payment will be refunded in full. Merchandise must be in new condition with all original packaging, documentation, and a receipt. Non-cash transactions:

Restricted Items

Due to safety and liability concerns, Blackstone does not accept any returns on ammunition that have exited the facility. All online ammunition sales are final.

Blackstone does not accept any returns on firearms. We will assist with all recalls, warranty claims, or manufacturer defects with firearms previously purchased from Blackstone.

Blackstone does not accept any returns on knives. This is to ensure every knife purchase from Blackstone is 100% factory sharp, blemish free, and warrantied by the manufacturer. We will assist with all recalls, warranty claims, or manufacturer defects with knives previously purchased from Blackstone.

Tax Information

North Carolina residents will be charged a 7.25% sales tax.

Questions / Contact Us

Operating Hours:
Monday – Sunday: 10am – 9pm

Contact Information:
Please contact us with any questions or concerns 
We respond to inquiries same-day during business hours

For fast service please reach out to our Guest Support Team:
[email protected] 704.414.6020 

Blackstone Shooting Sports | 2001 Wilkinson Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28208 | 704-414-6020