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State/Local Restrictions for Buying Guns

Some locations have additional restrictions or licensing requirements for gun purchases. Below is a list some of the more common location-specific regulations.

NOTE: This list is provided as a convenience and is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please check all applicable local, state, and federal laws prior to purchasing your gun.

The following states require licensing to purchase any long gun or handgun: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts and New Jersey.

The following states require licensing to purchase handguns: Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York and North Carolina.

Rhode Island requires a mandatory 7 day waiting period for all gun purchases and Handgun Safety Course required for handgun purchases.

 

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California

In addition to a valid ID, California requires you to have either a Firearms Safety Certificate (FSC) or Handgun Safety Certificate (HSC), depending on the type of gun you’re buying.

 

California also charges the following fees, on top of any transfer fee the Dealer might charge you:

DROS Fee - $19.00

Firearms Safety Act Fee - $1.00

Safety and Enforcement Fee - $5.00

 

Illinois

In addition to a valid, government-issued ID, Illinois requires you to have a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card.

 

New York

In addition to a valid, government-issued ID, New York requires you to have a License to Carry

 

Massachusetts

In addition to a valid, government-issued ID, Massachusetts requires you to have:

  • A Firearms Identification Card (FID)

         OR

  • A License to Carry

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