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Can MA Residents Purchase Guns From Out of State?




As a gun owner living in Massachusetts, you may be wondering if you can purchase firearms from another state. The answer is yes, though the process is a bit more complicated than the standard gun buying procedure. In order to purchase and ship a firearm from another state, a Massachusetts resident must first find an FFL in the state that the firearm is being sold from who is willing to perform a transfer. The resident must then find another FFL in Massachusetts who is willing to accept the transfer.


In order to have a firearm shipped to Massachusetts, the FFL in the state the firearm is being shipped from must send a copy of their license to the FFL receiving the firearm in Massachusetts. The FFL in Massachusetts must also receive a completed copy of the ATF Form 4473 from the purchaser. This form must be filled out and signed by the purchaser, and the FFL must verify that the purchaser meets all state and federal requirements to purchase a firearm.


Once the firearm is received by the FFL in Massachusetts, the FFL must then contact the State Police Firearms Records Bureau and submit the ATF Form 4473. The State Police will then conduct a NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) check to verify that the purchaser is legally eligible to keep going with the acquisition.





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If the NICS check is approved, the FFL will then have the firearm delivered to the purchaser. If the NICS check is not approved, the firearm will be returned to the FFL from which it was shipped. It is important to note that the FFL in Massachusetts is responsible for ensuring that the firearm is legal to be possessed within the state.


In addition to the steps outlined above, all firearms shipped to Massachusetts must be unloaded. In addition, all ammunition and reloading components must also be unloaded and shipped separately from the firearm. All firearms must also be shipped via a common carrier such as UPS, FedEx, or the US Postal Service.


Ultimately, purchasing a firearm from another state is possible for Massachusetts residents, but it requires a bit of additional legwork to ensure that all requirements are met. If you plan to purchase a firearm from another state, it is important to make sure that you have all necessary paperwork as well as an FFL in both the state the firearm is being purchased from and the state you reside in.


Overall, it is important to note that while the process of purchasing a firearm from another state is slightly more complicated, it is not impossible. By following the steps outlined above and ensuring that all necessary paperwork is filled out, Massachusetts residents can safely and legally purchase firearms from other states.




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Summary


A FAQ will be listed below to summarize all of the points that were explained in this article.


Can I purchase a firearm from another state if I live in Massachusetts?


Yes, it is possible to purchase a firearm from another state if you are a resident of Massachusetts. However, the process is slightly more complicated than the standard gun buying procedure and requires additional steps in order to ensure that all requirements are met.


What paperwork is required to purchase a firearm from another state?


In order to purchase a firearm from another state, an FFL in the state the firearm is being sold from must send a copy of their license to the FFL receiving the firearm in Massachusetts. The FFL in Massachusetts must also receive a completed copy of the ATF Form 4473 from the purchaser.


What is the NICS check?


The NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) check is conducted by the State Police Firearms Records Bureau to verify that the purchaser is legally eligible to keep going with the acquisition





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Are there any additional requirements when purchasing a firearm from another state?


Yes, all firearms shipped to Massachusetts must be unloaded. In addition, all ammunition and reloading components must also be unloaded and shipped separately from the firearm. All firearms must also be shipped via a common carrier such as UPS, FedEx, or the US Postal Service.


Is the FFL in Massachusetts responsible for ensuring that the firearm is legal to be possessed within the state?


Yes, the FFL in Massachusetts is responsible for ensuring that the firearm is legal to be possessed within the state.


What happens if the NICS check is not approved?


If the NICS check is not approved, the firearm will be returned to the FFL from which it was shipped.


What do I need to do in order to have a firearm shipped to Massachusetts?


In order to have a firearm shipped to Massachusetts, the FFL in the state the firearm is being shipped from must send a copy of their license to the FFL receiving the firearm in Massachusetts.


Is there a limit on the number of firearms I can purchase from another state?


There is no limit on the number of firearms that can be purchased from another state. However, it is important to ensure that all paperwork is filled out correctly and that all requirements are met.


Are there any restrictions on the type of firearms I can purchase from another state?


Yes, certain types of firearms may be prohibited from being purchased from another state. It is important to check with both the state that the firearm is being purchased from and the state you reside in to ensure that the firearm is legal to possess.


How long does the process of purchasing a firearm from another state take?


The process of purchasing a firearm from another state can take anywhere from several days to several weeks depending on the requirements and paperwork needed.





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