How to Buy A Gun Online

How to Buy A Gun Online


Cheaper Than Dirt! has simplified the process of buying a gun online so you can easily add that handgun, rifle or shotgun to your new or existing gun collection. You can find more details about how to buy a gun from Cheaper Than and answers to frequently asked questions about buying a gun online below.

Step 1) Select a firearm from our expansive selection of handguns, rifles and shotguns. Then use our "Can we ship this to you?" tool (below the "Add to Cart" button) to determine if we can ship that item to your zip code according to local and state laws.

Add the firearm to your shopping cart, and then click checkout. Login to your Cheaper Than Dirt! Account for quick checkout or you may checkout as a guest (you’ ll have the option to create an account after checkout to save time on your next order).

Enter your billing address and click the green continue button.

The FFL dealer will ask you to fill out the federal, local and state required paperwork associated with your firearm as well as complete a background check. If you have any questions about the paperwork, background check or any other elements of the actual transfer, we recommend you contact the transferring FFL dealer with those questions.

Please note: All firearms sales are final

It is important to inspect your firearm thoroughly before completion of the transfer. Once the firearm is transferred into your name, Cheaper Than Dirt! will not accept a return or exchange under any circumstance. If a defect is discovered after completing the transfer, you must contact the manufacturer directly for repair or replacement.

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  1. Can a gun be sent to my house?

    No, all firearms must be sent to a FFL (federal firearms license) dealer.

  2. Do I need to have a background check?

    Yes, all firearms purchases require a federally mandated background check to be completed by the FFL dealer at the time the firearm is picked up.

  3. Can I have the background check done before buying a gun?

    No, the background check must be completed at the time the firearm is transferred from the FFL dealer to you.

  4. Do I need to have a license?

    Most states do not have a licensing requirement, but some local or state laws require a gun license.
    Cheaper Than Dirt! recommends you check with your local FFL dealer or refer to the NRA-ILA to check your state’s gun laws.

  5. Do I need to have a concealed carry permit?

    No, you do not need a carry permit to buy a gun online.

  6. Is it legal to buy a gun online?

    Yes! It is entirely legal to purchase a firearm online, but the firearm must be shipped to a licensed FFL dealer.

  7. Why does the firearm need to be shipped to a FFL?

    The Gun Control Act of 1968 outlined new rules for selling and transferring firearms. As a result, it is now federal law to have all firearms shipped to a FFL dealer so the person the firearm is being transferred to can fill out the proper paperwork and complete the required background check.

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