A firearms transfer is the act of physically transferring ownership or possession of a gun. In New Mexico, a new gun can only be transferred to a consumer through a gun dealer that has a Federal Firearms License (FFL). An FFL license is issued by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), and without this FFL license you cannot legally put new guns in the hands of a customer. The first place you should think of when you need an Albuquerque firearms transfer is Los Ranchos Gun Shop.

What is necessary for a new firearms transfer in New Mexico?

To purchase a new firearm in New Mexico, you must follow an administrative process. First, the customer must fill out a Form 4473, on which the prospective purchaser indicates her current address, certain biographical questions and a series of questions. The dealer is required to review this form to be sure it is complete and there are no responses which could disqualify the purchaser.

Next, the gun dealer must run a background check on the person. This is called the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (or NICS check), and is intended to make sure that guns aren’t being sold to individuals with prior criminal records or other disqualifying events. Assuming that the customer passes this background check, the FBI advises the gun shop to proceed, and the transfer of the firearm can be completed.

Where to go for firearms licensing in New Mexico

If you want to get all the legal aspects of gun ownership taken care of with one stop, then the place to go is Los Ranchos Gun Shop in Albuquerque. As a licensed FFL dealer, Los Ranchos can handle all the legal requirements necessary to get you properly licensed and approved through the NICS process.

There’s one other huge advantage to using Los Ranchos Gun Shop as your preferred firearms dealer. We have the best selection of all kinds of firearms that you will find anywhere in the State. If you can’t find what you’re looking for at Los Ranchos, we will work to find it. Come visit us at our shop and browse through all the various types of firearms that we offer for sale, as well as the full range of ammunition and accessories. We’ll also be glad to talk shop with you because we’re gun lovers ourselves, and we’re ready for some good discussion.