FFL Transfer Process

I can help you with your purchase of firearms from non-local dealers.  Succinctly, you order firearms for delivery to me. When the shipment arrives, we will complete all the required paperwork and background check, face-to-face, then I transfer your purchase to you.  Please note:

For outbound transfers (you sold a gun and want me to ship it ensure all paperwork is in order and help limit any of your civil liability) see Outbound Transfers.

Please note - I only accept transfers from Federal Firearms Licensees (FFL). 

For dealers, pawnbrokers, and manufacturers, I require a copy of their valid, unexpired license that can be verified by the FFL EZ-Check system. For those who hold a type 3 (Curio and Relic collector) license who sold a C&R eligible firearm, I require a copy of the valid, unexpired license and a copy of the holder's driver license matching the same name and address on the C&R license. I do not accept C&R licenses for non-C&R firearms. 

Please note: the identification presented at the time of transfer MUST match the name and address of the person who purchased the firearm from the selling dealer.

Transfer Pricing

Please note: any gun not picked up in 7 calendar days after my notification to you of its arrival is subject to a $5 per day storage charge.  Any gun not picked up in 30 calendar days may be considered abandoned and may be disposed in a manner convenient to me.

IMPORTANT: If the Virginia State Police do not approve the transfer, you may not take possession of the item. Click here for information on denied transfers.

Purchase (Inbound) Transfer Process

  1. Search IconComplete your purchase with the seller.  If the seller is not a FFL, the seller must find a FFL to ship it to me. If you or the seller need to find a FFL to perform the shipping, look one up here.
  2. Contact me with your name, address, phone, and e-mail address.  Please also include the following:
  3. Provide the seller my contact information:

    Joseph Picolla
    Bullseye Arms and Service LLC
    220 Ashton Drive, SW
    Leesburg, VA  20175

  4. I will contact the seller's FFL to arrange the exchange of credentials. The seller's FFL will request a copy of my license (which I will provide via email or can been seen here). I will ask for a copy of the seller's FFL's license, The copy is normally shipped with the order.
  5. The seller's FFL will ship the item to me.  I will ask seller's FFL for the tracking information, which may or may not be sent to me.  Therefore, please forward the shipping/ tracking information you receive  to me.
  6. I will open the package, confirm the contents (including the copy of the FFL's license) and update my required records.
  7. We will arrange a time to meet to complete the paperwork and background check.  You take possession of the item.

Note - the background check can take a few minutes or a few days. The background check must be successfully completed and your transaction approved by the Virginia State Police before you can take possession of your item.

You will need to complete two forms (a federal form and a Virginia state form) and have a background check for the transfer.  Both forms and the background check are completed at the time we meetThe forms cannot be completed before we meet.  However, before meeting, you may want to review the forms.  A sample of the federal form, the Firearms Transaction Record (also known by its form number - 4473) may be found [here].

The state form must also be completed at the time of the transfer, and requires information similar to the federal form.  Complete information about Virginia's requirements and the background check may be found [here].

Documentation to Establish Identity and Residence

 Your identity and residency must be positively verified to transfer a firearm.  I require a valid Virginia Driver license with your current, Virginia street address with a date of issue for an original or duplicate driver license at least 30 days before the current date. Please Note: the identification presented at the time of transfer MUST match the name and address of the person who purchased the firearm from the selling dealer.

When using military ID to establish residency for a firearm purchase, residency shall be deemed to be the permanent duty post of a member of the armed forces.  A member of the military must present a copy of his or her Leave and Earnings Statement, orders assigning them to a post, and their Military ID to establish residency in Virginia.

If you have any questions, please visit the Virginia State Police website. 


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