1. What is an FFL ?
A: A "FFL" is a Federal Firearm License. There are currently over 58,000 FFL holders nationwide. FFL
holders are commonly gun stores, pawn shops, and retail sporting goods stores. However, there are also
many individuals that hold a FFL. All firearms sold to individuals online must be shipped to a local FFL
holder who will then transfer the firearm (via ATF form 4473 and associated background check) to the
2. What is the average FFL transfer fee ?
A: Although the transfer fee varies widely among the +58,000 FFL holders nationwide, the average fee
tends to be around $25. For their exact transfer fee, please contact your chosen FFL directly.
3. Can you ship my firearm direct to me at my home or office ?
A: No, all firearms must be shipped to a verified FFL (Federal Firearm License) holder. The only exceptions
are some black powder firearms, and then only to approved states.
4. What kind of ID is needed to buy a gun in Texas?
A: For Texas residents, a state-issued ID card or driver’s license. While out-of-state residents may purchase
guns under some circumstances, most Federal Firearms License (FFL) dealers won’t sell to them, since gun
dealers are legally obligated to abide by the gun laws of whatever state they do business in, and there are
legal complexities involved in upholding state-to-state firearms statutes.
5. Does Texas permit open carry of firearms?
A: With few exceptions, openly carrying firearms is not allowed in Texas. Allowances include carrying guns
during firearms-related activities like hunting. You may also carry openly on your own land.
6. Does Texas allow concealed carry of handguns?
A: Yes, so long as the person has a concealed carry permit. Long arms (rifles and shotguns) can be openly
carried in Texas within common-sense limitations; you can move around with a rifle in the backcountry
with no problems, but you shouldn’t walk into a bank with one.
7. Can I carry a firearm in my vehicle?
A: Recent legislation now permits you to keep a loaded handgun in your vehicle if it’s concealed. You may
also carry a long arm in your car or truck with no need for concealment.
8. Are there any laws in Texas against owning machine guns or silencers?
A: Only federal laws apply. There are no state statutes.
9 . How do I apply for a Concealed Handgun License (CHL)?
A: You may apply online at http://www.texas.gov/txapp/txdps/chl/ OR you may download the
application forms, complete and mail them with the required fees. Printable application forms are
available on our website at in the Downloadable Forms section.