Firearm Purchase / FFL Transfer Policy

You must be a MN resident and have permit to purchase or Minnesota Permit to Carry for the purchase or transfer of all handguns, or long guns that fall under Minnesota's definition of an "assault weapon."

All handgun transfers must include a "secure gun storage or safety device" per the Child Safety Lock Act of 2005. Please bring a lockable case or gun lock (trigger lock or cable lock) or plan to purchase one if one is not provided with the gun. Locks are provided for new/used guns purchased at the shop.

We cannot sell or transfer handguns that are known to fail Minnesota's Saturday Night Special melting point requirement. This includes GSG 22LR pistols, Walther/Colt 1911 22LR pistols, Walther PPQ/PPK/P22 22LR pistols, Heritage 22LR revolvers (excluding steel frame models), and handguns from Phoenix Arms, Cobra Firearms, Jennings Firearms, Raven Arms, and Jimenez Arms. If sent to our shop for transfer, these will need to be sent back to the seller.

Arnzen Arms accepts transfers from individuals as well as licensed dealers. If transferring in a gun from an individual rather than a dealer, please ask the shipper to include a photocopy of their driver's license in the shipment, as well as your name and contact information.

All transfers must be processed into our system before being transferred out. Depending on the number of shipments arriving on a given day, this process can take several hours. We will contact you once your transfer is ready, unless your contact information was not provided in the shipment. If you suspect that your transfer should have arrived but you have not been contacted, please wait until the next business day before calling us to check on its status.

For items requiring a permit to purchase (handguns or "assault weapons") the address on the permit must be the current residence address. A Minnesota Permit to Carry with an outdated address is still usable as a permit to carry after notifying the issuing sheriff's office of the change of address, per the MN Statutes. However, the law is unclear if it still usable as a permit to purchase. We have looked into this issue extensively. Out of 4 different agencies contacted (BCA, local ATF office, MN Attorney General's office, and Hennepin County Sheriff's office where carry permits are issued), none were willing to issue a statement in writing that a carry permit with an out of date address is usable as a permit to purchase. Because we were not able to receive a confident answer from any of these 4 sources (at which point we would have requested that answer in an email or letter which could be presented upon ATF inspections), we must err on the side of caution and will continue to require addresses to be updated on permits. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Arnzen Arms has the right to refuse transfer for any reason. We are prevented by law from transferring to individuals who are, or who appear to be, intoxicated. We are very sensitive to anything resembling a "straw purchase" and will refuse transfer if the name of the buyer and the person picking up the firearm are not the same person; this includes husbands and wives. Please check out www.dontlie.org for more info regarding straw-purchases. The definition of a straw-purchase off that site is:

A straw purchase is an illegal firearm purchase where the actual buyer of the gun, being unable to pass the required federal background check or desiring to not have his or her name associated with the transaction, uses a proxy buyer who can pass the required background check to purchase the firearm for him/her. It is highly illegal and punishable by a $250,000 fine and 10 years in prison.

Please understand that we (like many FFLs) are excessively cautious pertaining to issues like this because it is our firearms license (and thus our livelihood) that is at stake. Many dealers have their licenses revoked by the ATF every year or end up in warning/revocation hearings with the ATF, and a great deal of those losses/hearings are due to seemingly innocuous mistakes or assumptions, rather than willful or flagrant violations of the law.