Private Transfers - Putnam Shooters
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Transfer of Firearms Between Private Parties

To comply with the recently passed NY-SAFE Act, all private transfers of any firearm, including handguns, rifles, and shotguns, outside your immediate family, must be processed through a licensed dealer with a NICS background check.

Procedure for Private Transfer
Please note that these procedures are dictated by the ATF, and leave us little flexibility.

    Important Note

    Once the Seller transfers a firearm to our inventory for any reason, the firearm may not be returned to Seller without filling out ATF Form 4473 and submitting to a NICS background check.

    We know it seems odd, but them's the rules.

  • Seller and Buyer bring the firearms to be transferred to our office.
  • Seller may elect to transfer the firearms to our inventory in advance. However, if the firearms subsequently need to be returned, Seller must fill out ATF Form 4473 and submit to a NICS background check.
  • Seller and Buyer both sign an acknowledgement of these procedures.
  • Fees are paid for both the background check and transfer.
  • Buyer fills out ATF Form 4473.
  • A NICS background check is conducted on Buyer.
  • If NICS response is Proceed:
  • The firearms are entered into our inventory.
  • Rifles & Shotguns:
  • Firearms are immediately signed out of our inventory to Buyer
  • Buyer leaves with firearms.
  • Handguns:
  • Buyer receives a Bill of Sale.
  • Buyer has the guns added to their NYS Pistol License at their County Clerk's office.
  • Once the permit is ammended, Buyer returns with coupon from their County Clerk to pick up the handguns.
  • If handguns are left for over 30 days, Buyer must resubmit NICS check before taking possession.
  • If NICS response is Denied:
  • The seller keeps the firearms and tranfer is aborted.
  • The transfer fee is refunded. Background check fee is non-refundable.
  • If NICS response is Delayed:
  • Buyer may not receive firearms until delay is resolved. This may take up to three days.
  • Seller keeps the firearms and returns with Buyer once 'Proceed' is received from NICS
  • Seller may elect to transfer the firearms to our inventory rather than return with the Buyer later. However, if the NICS check results in a Denial, Seller must fill out ATF Form 4473 and submit to a NICS background check before the firearms may be returned.

If you require additional information, please email us at ffl@putnamshooters.com.