NICS Information & Advice for FFL’s Regarding Private Firearm Sales

National Instant Criminal Background Check System
National Instant Criminal Background Check System

Washington, DC -(AmmoLand.com)- The purpose of this communication is to assist Federal Firearms Licensees (FFL) who facilitate the transfer of firearms between unlicensed individuals.

On January 16, 2013, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) issued an open letter to all FFLs regarding the transfer of firearms between unlicensed individuals. The letter provides guidance with respect to private sale transfers facilitated by FFLs as unlicensed individuals do not have the ability to use the National Instant Criminal background Check System (NICS) to conduct a background check on a prospective transferee.

In addition, several states have state laws which prohibit the transfer of firearms between individuals unless a NICS background check is completed. To obtain a copy of the open letter or obtain more information regarding the transfer of firearms between unlicensed individuals, please copy and paste the link provided into your browser https://www.atf.gov/file/56331/download or visit the ATF Web site at www.atf.gov.

With the possibility of increased transfers involving private sale transactions, the NICS Section would like to provide information regarding the use of the NICS during private sale transfer scenarios. The NICS Section will make the option for the transfer of a private sale firearm available to all FFLs not just FFLs having a state law requiring such. This capability will be available to all FFLs on September 16, 2015.

The FFLs may not be required by state law to process private sale transfers; however if you choose to engage in private sale transfers, please note it will be the responsibility of the FFL to specify the transfer as being connected to a private sale. Below is important information for you to know when conducting a NICS background check for the transfer of a private sale.

If you are conducting a NICS background check for the transfer of a private sale firearm via the contracted call centers, when asked by the call center agent, please identify the “type of transaction” as a private sale.

If you are conducting a NICS background check for the transfer of a private sale firearm via the NICS E-Check, please select private sale of a handgun, private sale of a long gun, private sale other, private sale return to seller handgun, private sale return to seller long gun, or private sale return to seller other in the field titled “Purpose ID (18).”

If you have any questions regarding the information provided, please contact the NICS Business Unit at [email protected] Thank you!

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Jim
Jim
6 years ago

Your headline says NCIS not NICS. Just a FYI

F Riehl, Editor in Chief
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F Riehl, Editor in Chief (@fg3hht991x)
6 years ago
Reply to  Jim

Jim:

Fixed, Thanks for having our backs.

Eric
Eric
6 years ago

Why is the NCIS program allowing certain states to overload and burden the Federal Government. If certain states want private sales checks make them pay or bug off and do them in their own state.

SuperG
SuperG
6 years ago

I love the contradiction of terms of this. It isn’t a private sale if the government knows about it. Just my two cents.

KO
KO
6 years ago

“NCIS Information & Advice for FFL’s Regarding Private Firearm Sales”

Does this mean that Jethro Gibbs now works for or oversees BATFE?