Assuming you’ve read our “Should I Own a Gun?” article already and you’ve decided to buy a handgun, rifle, or shotgun: here are the simple steps you need to follow in order to begin buying a gun online.
Check The Laws.
First you should first check your state and local laws in order to determine if you need a firearms license to purchase or if there are any restrictions of the type of weapons you can own, or limits to the capacity of magazines in your area.
The quickest way to check is to look up your state here: The Complete Guide to Gun Laws By State. That site gives you a quick summary of if you need a concealed carry permit, if you need a permit or license to purchase a gun, and more. You should also check with your local law enforcement department to see if there are any local laws that apply to you. For instance, some cities and towns have additional restrictions on certain types of weapons or magazine sizes. Your local police department or sheriff’s office will usually be happy to answer any questions you may have. So don’t feel nervous or uncomfortable about asking! It’s better to be safe than sorry! If you need a license or permit to buy a gun in your area, go ahead and get that. Usually it’s not a difficult or expensive process, typically consisting of some safety training and familiarity with local laws and self defense advice.
Choose where to buy, in person or online.
You can either buy a gun directly from a local firearm dealer or buy one online. We obviously recommend you buy one of our high quality tactical weapons online!
If you buy a gun online online (from Horizon Arms Research or any other website) you will need to pick a local gun shop that the weapon will be shipped to. Most gun shops are happy to do this, although some will charge a small fee for the transfer and running the background check. So please check with your local shop first to ensure you have all the info!
Order The Gun!
Of course you’re buying from Horizon Arms Research! So just add whatever you want to purchase to your cart and go through the checkout process.
We offer a curated selection of high quality, reliable, and effective tactical weapons. This includes handguns, CQB and long range rifles, and 12 gauge shotguns. You will need to provide us with the name and address of your local gun shop. We will ship the weapon(s) there. No, we can’t ship guns to your house. Sorry.
Pick Up The Gun!
Once we ship your order, it should arrive at your local gun shop in a few days. Then you can come in, complete your background check paperwork, and pick up your gun!
Take it to the Range!
Now it’s time to go shooting! Get familiar with your new weapon! Enjoy!
To get the most security and safety from owning a weapon, we recommend you
- 1) Get a good gun safe to safely store your weapon.
- 2) Practice target shooting at the gun range and tactical manipulations at home. We have lots of articles to help you with this!
- 3) Get professional tactical firearms training and defense classes from Horizon Arms Research, or one of the other fine training organizations out there!
P.S. – Licensed gun shops are often called FFLs, FFL dealers, or a licensed FFL. FFL stands for Federal Firearms License, and is the category of licenses that a business needs from the ATF (The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – which regulates firearms and gun related federal law in the United States).