Frequently Asked Questions
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Firearm Purchase Eligibility
What are the minimum eligibility requirements to purchase a firearm inside the State of Florida?
A person must…
- be at least 21 years of age.
- possess a valid government-issued photo ID and provide proof of address.
- be a resident of the State of Florida for a handgun purchase.
- pay a Federal Firearm Licensee (FFL) transfer fee.
- complete an ATF Form 4473 and pass a Florida Dept of Law Enforcement background check.
I'm in the military but I'm not a resident of Florida; can I purchase a firearm in Florida?
Yes. As an active duty Service Member serving in Florida on Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders, you are considered to be a resident of the state. See the Firearm Transfers FAQ to see which documentation is required for non-resident military members.
Do I qualify for an exception to the FDLE background check requirement?
Maybe. The only exceptions to the background check requirement are…
- for firearms brought in for warranty replacement or repairs if pickup by within one year by the same individual who brought in the firearm
- for a firearm rented for a single purpose and maintained on the premises of the rental agency (example: skeet shooting, plantation hunting, etc.)
- for firearms purchased by law enforcement agencies; however, individual law enforcement officers, correctional officers and probation officers must have a background record check conducted when purchasing a firearm
Is there a mandatory wait period for firearm transfers/purchases within the State of Florida?
Yes. There is a mandatory 72 hour wait period for all firearm transfers/purchases within the State of Florida. The wait period begins with the approval of the ATF Form 4473 and covers three (3) full business days, not to include weekends and federal holidays.
Can Florida's mandatory wait period be exempted or waived?
You may qualify for an exemption to the 72 hour wait period. However, the decision to waive the 72 hour wait period is the discretion of the transferring FFL.
What qualifies a person for an exemption to Florida's mandatory wait period?
A person qualifies for exemption status if he/she…
- possesses a valid Florida concealed weapons permit.
- is a Law Enforcement/Corrections Officer or a US Service Member.
- is trading in a firearm.
- possesses a Hunter Safety Course certification and Hunting License.
What do I need to bring to my firearm transfer appointment?
You may need to bring one or more of the following documents to complete your firearm transfer.
- Government-issued photo ID
- Proof of residency or address (see acceptable documents FAQ)
- DoD ID and PCS Orders (Non-resident military)
- Credentials for discounted transfer fees
Which documents are acceptable for verification of address?
Black Flag Armory will accept the following documents for verification of your Florida address…
- valid Florida-issued ID
- valid Florida vehicle registration in your name
- lease agreement or purchase deed in your name
- municipal utility bill (water, sewer, waste) in your name
- Verification of Address Memorandum signed by first Officer in your CoC on organization letterhead
Our Services & Programs
Does Black Flag Armory offer a layaway option for firearms?
YES! We have a simple 60-day layaway program for in stock firearms priced at $400 or more. Please check out our Layaway Terms & Conditions.
Do you take special orders or pre-orders on firearms?
Yes. Since we are a small dealer and do not carry a large inventory, we will do special or pre-orders as long as we can ensure the firearm’s availability. We will not backorder a special order firearm without the express permission and understanding of the customer. We require that full payment be made at the time of order. Sales of special order firearms are final and the customer may not change the order once submitted and must take delivery of the firearm.
If I special order a firearm, how long will it take to get to you for transfer?
Under normal circumstances special order firearms take 2-3 business days from the order date to arrive at our shop.
Do you charge a fee for storing transfer guns for extended periods?
While our secure storage space is limited, we do understand that we serve a military town and life does happen. If you are unable to receive your firearm in a timely fashion, we will store it free of charge for a reasonable amount of time. This is done on a case by case basis and you must contact us with your particular situation. If you fail to contact us or respond to our attempts to contact you, your transfer may be subject to additional storage fees after an initial two week storage period.
What is your return/refund policy?
We offer a 30 day return/refund period for most items. There are some exceptions and stipulations so be sure to review our Returns & Refunds Policy to get all the information.