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FFL Transfers

Island Tactical LLC is more than happy to help you with your firearm transfers from other Federal Firearm License (FFL) dealers.


$25 (includes the $5 background check)


Once you have purchased a firearm from another dealer, the selling dealer will need a copy of our FFL before your firearm can be shipped.  It is your responsibility to provide us with either an email address (preferred) or a fax number of the seller/dealer in order for us to send the FFL.  Some dealers already have our FFL on file.  If the seller has sent you an email requesting, please forward it to us so we have your name, the order number, and the email address of the seller.

When the firearm arrives at Island Tactical LLC, we will in-process it, call you to let you know it arrived, and lock it up until you can come to pick it up.

The process isn’t always flawless.  It is the buyer’s responsibility to make sure the seller received the FFL, payment, and all information necessary for the seller to ship the firearm.  The seller will usually put your contact information in with the shipment for Island Tactical LLC to contact you.   From time to time, the buyers' contact information may be incorrect.  It is recommended that the buyer follow up with the seller first, then Island Tactical LLC if the transaction isn’t going as expected.  If contact information was incorrect or not provided, we have no way to let you know.

When you come to pick up your firearm, we will provide you with a form 4473 (Firearms Transaction Record) to fill out.  The rightful owner of the firearm MUST be the one to fill out the form, in their own handwriting.  If you need assistance, please let us know and we will be happy to help.  We will verify the form has been filled out correctly and then submit a background check online.  Once the background check has been approved and the 5-day wait has been satisfied (or waived), payment for the transfer is made, the consumer may leave the store with the firearm.

IMPORTANT things you need to know:

You must be a Florida resident to pick up handguns and receivers.  Non-residents can purchase/transfer rifles and shotguns.

The actual named purchaser of the firearm MUST pick up the gun, no substitutions.

The address on your ID MUST be current.  If it's not, you must provide state-issued documentation of your current address (e.g. tax bill, voter registration, car registration).  Commercial mail is not acceptable.

Don't worry about filling out the ATF form 4473 before you arrive at the store.  It MUST be done at the store.  

If you've had issues related to mistaken identity or identity theft, your background check may be delayed an indefinite amount of time.  The delay starts after the background check is entered.

Cash is preferred but we also accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.  We do not accept American Express.

If you are going to be delayed in picking up your gun(s) (TDY, deployment, vacation, etc.), please let us know when you will be able to pick it up.

There is no firearm registry in Florida.  Florida Statute 790.335 (Prohibition of registration of firearms; electronic records) specifically identifies firearms registration as illegal and a violation of your constitutional 2nd Amendment rights (under most circumstances).

Things that cause delays in picking up guns: 

Expired ID or ID doesn't match current address. Bring government-issued proof of address (see below)

Problems with background checks.

No proof of payment.  The seller may provide a DATED and PAID receipt.  If this evidence is not obtainable, the 5-day wait will start when evidence of payment is made at Island Tactical LLC. 

Background checks:

EVERYONE picking up the gun(s) locally gets a background check; NO EXCEPTIONS.

A Florida Concealed Weapons License waives the 5-day wait but does NOT eliminate the background check.

A background check is $5 – this is the fee FDLE (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) charges for submitting the check to NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System), operated by the FBI.

A background check is good for 1 transaction or 30 days, whichever occurs first.  A transaction is 1 business day.

Island Tactical LLC does background checks online.  In the event that the internet is down, we can perform background checks over the phone.

A background check usually takes a few minutes.  However, the number of background checks submitted to FDLE at any point in time may affect how quickly a result is returned.   If the FDLE system or the NICS system is down, background checks will not go through until NICS and/or FDLE have been restored.  A delay such as this can last a few hours but usually not more than a day.  The background check and 5-day wait are NOT related.

A firearm cannot be released by Island Tactical LLC until the background check is approved by FDLE. 

There are two results provided by FDLE from a background check:

  • Approval (A):  Firearm can be released to the consumer if the 5-day wait has been satisfied (or waived with a Florida Concealed Carry License).
  • DECISION PENDING (DP):   Firearm cannot be released until a final decision has been made by FDLE.  
  • Non-Approval (N):  Firearm CANNOT be released to the consumer.  This decision can be appealed by the consumer within 30 days of the Non-Approval.  See Island Tactical LLC for details.

3-Day Wait (State of Florida):

There is a mandatory 3-day waiting period, which shall be 3 days, excluding weekends, legal holidays, and the day of the transaction between the purchase and the delivery at retail of any firearm

The 3-day wait is a cooling-off period and has no relation to the background check.

The 3-day waiting period shall not apply when purchased by a holder of a Florida concealed weapons permit or the trade-in of another firearm.

The 3-day wait starts the business day following evidence of purchase, the transfer of money, or other valuable consideration to the retailer.

For active military only:

If you have an out-of-state ID, bring a copy of your PCS (NOT TCS) orders assigning you to Florida and a copy of the first page of your lease agreement.  This will allow you to transfer/purchase handguns/receivers in the state of Florida.  If you own a residence in the state of Florida, a copy of your tax bill is a suitable alternative.  Utility bills, junk mail, phone bills, and personal letters are NOT acceptable alternatives.   You do NOT need to establish residency to purchase a rifle or shotgun.

Government-issued identification and proof of address:

State-issued driver’s license (no further ID required if the information is current)

State issued ID card (no further ID required if the information is current)

U.S. Passport (government proof of address required)

Florida Vehicle registration (considered proof of address, but not a substitute for a picture ID and Date of Birth)

Florida Voter’s registration (considered proof of address, but not a substitute for a picture ID and Date of Birth)

Florida Tax Bill (considered proof of address, but not a substitute for a picture ID and Date of Birth)

Utility bills, junk mail, phone bills, and personal letters are NOT acceptable alternatives. 

Concealed Weapons Permits:

A Florida Concealed Weapons Permit allows a person to carry a weapon concealed and bypass the 5-day wait required for purchasing firearms in the state of Florida.

Concealed Weapons Permits from other states allow a person to carry a weapon concealed in Florida, providing there is a reciprocal agreement with the issuing state, but not eliminate the 5-day wait for purchasing firearms in Florida.

Other states have reciprocity to allow Florida Concealed Weapons Permit holders to carry concealed weapons.  It is your responsibility to know the laws of each state for which you carry concealed weapons.

Customer Contact Information:

  • First and last name
  • Primary phone number (required)
  • Secondary phone number (optional)
  • Email address (optional but encouraged)

When providing contact information, please consider the following:

  • If Island Tactical LLC is to leave a message, will you get it in a timely manner?
  • Consider the result if someone else answers the phone or receives the message regarding a firearm.
  • Consider the use of a personal email address in your contact information as some organizations may frown on firearm transactions in the workplace.  This is also useful if you need to recall emails about your transaction when away from the workplace. 

Alien Residents:

You MUST bring your alien registration card with you at the time you fill out form 4473.

Your background check may be delayed a few hours to a few days.  FDLE is required to check multiple databases.  The initial background check may be returned as a Pending-Approval.  The approval status is usually updated within a few hours but may take a few days before the completion of a final determination.

Alien Residents are encouraged to come into Island Tactical LLC in advance of the transfer to get the background check started to avoid background check delays.  Please let us know if this is the case.