How do I know if I can legally buy or sell a gun?

Each state has different age and eligibility requirements for firearms purchases and sales. Usually the age requirement is between 18 and 21 yrs old. Check with your local authorities for the correct age and requirements in your area.      It is the BUYER’s responsibility to know their own state and local laws. One way to find out quick is to check with a local licensed firearms dealer (FFL dealer).      If you can legally own a gun, then you can buy or sell it on But again, remember you are responsible for familiarizing yourself with and complying with all Federal, state, and local laws when buying or selling and when using this site.      By Federal law, the person who ships a gun or received the shipment of a gun must be a licensed dealer (FFL Dealer). There are a few exceptions, such as certain antiques or parts. We recommend you check with the ATF, the NRA, and/or a local FFL dealer for details.      If the buyer/seller is not a licensed dealer, the buyer/seller must make arrangements with a licensed dealer in his state to transfer the firearm. See below for links to more detailed information. About Selling About Buying page ATF web site (this link will open in a new window) NRA’s state-by-state gun laws guide (this link will open in a new window) Firearm Shipping Guide Find an FFL Dealer page