Q & A

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Legality of Renting or Buying Guns Online

Anyone legally eligible to buy a gun can order or rent a gun online. The gun must be shipped to a licensed FFL Dealer, and you must complete a federal background check before you take possession of the gun. For more information, see ELIGIBILITY below. R Guns and Gear has additional stipulations to rentals that apply as listed in our in our policies linked at the bottom of the page. 

Ammo shipping Info:

DO NOT ship ammo back in the gun or gun-case or with another item. All ammo must ship by ground services only. USPS does not allow ANY ammunition shipments. All ammo shipments must have an ORMD sticker applied to the box, a spare sticker will be provided with your ammo. Please save the original shipping box and return unused ammo AND empty brass. Extra charges may apply for lost brass.

TIP #1: We strongly recommend having your gear arrive at least one day before you depart for your hunt, and preferably two days early for firearms. We cannot fully control what happens during shipping. We will always make sure your gear leaves on time so it will arrive on or before your requested rental start date. In rare cases, shipping companies can lose a shipment or experience delays due to weather and other unforeseen factors. 

Another good reason to pad the start of your rifle rental is that 9% of National Instant Criminal Background Checks System (NICS) dispositions are delayed according to NSSF. However, 88% of those delayed transfers are resolved within 3 days. Having a little cushion in your schedule is wise, especially if you haven’t recently purchased a firearm and don’t have a concealed weapons or concealed carry permit. We have been told NICS disposition delays are more likely if you have a very common name such as John Smith, so please prepare accordingly.

TIP #2: We cannot make or accept requests for the shipper to leave a package on your doorstep if you are away. Sign up for FedEx Delivery Manager or UPS My Choice to request home deliveries when you will be there. We will not ship to P.O. boxes. A signature and I.D. will be required by the carrier when your package is delivered. Packages can not be re-routed to another address using the services listed above, but in some cases they can be used to have your package held at a nearby shipping hub for pickup. You will need to present a current, government-issued photo I.D. and sign for the package. In many cases, shipping gear to your work place is a better option if allowed by your company.

TIP #3: If you need to extend your rental, call before 5 pm (MST) prior to the last day of your rental, 1-855-355-3337. In some cases we may be able to extend your rental. However, due to limited quantities and other bookings, some items may not be eligible for an extension. We greatly appreciate you going the extra to ensure rentals are returned on time. Another customer in your rental community is likely depending on it. We have contingencies in place, but if you rent irresponsibly, your account may be suspended.

TIP #4: We suggest sticking the return label on the box after opening it so it is less likely to be lost. Please re-tape any shipping boxes as needed when you drop them off with an appropriate packing tape to help ensure you gear arrives safely.

TIP #5: ALWAYS ask for a receipt when dropping your gear off with USPS, FedEx or a UPS Store or service center. This provides proof that you did leave the package with them, and shoot a photo of it with your camera as an added measure to ensure you have a safe copy.

TIP #6: Reserve firearms early! Ammo must be sent separately from the rifle and can only be shipped by ground. Last minute orders may not be able to arrive on short notice.

TIP #7: Update your driver’s license prior to attempting to receive a firearm from an FFL. FFL’s will not accept an expired driver’s license and may not accept your photo I.D. if the address on your license does not match your current address listed on the ATF Form 4473. If you list an old address on your ATF Form 4473, the FBI will likely put a hold on your disposition which will delay or ultimately deny your transfer.

TIP #8: Get your concealed carry/concealed weapons permit. In many states having a current/valid concealed carry permit will expedite your firearms transfer. If you have it, bring it when you pick up a rental from an FFL to greatly simplify the process. In Illinois, it is mandatory that you have a 

TIP#9: Schedule a UPS pickup at your work-place on the day you return if you need to ship a rifle back. Most UPS Store locations will not accept guns for shipment. Plan on using a UPS coporate shipping centers, or scheduled pickup to return a firearm via UPS. Your work-place may already have daily UPS pickup/drop-off service you can take advantage of. Just be sure to clear it with management before you bring a firearm to work. Fed Ex Stores and shipping centers and USPS should accept your firearm return. Some store locations and USPS locations may be misinformed. We apologize for this, but it is out of our control. The safest bet is to use a designated corporate UPS/FedEx or USPS location. 

TIP#10: Know your state laws!  We are not responsible if you are unable to receive your order due to legal restrictions. Several states & locales have additional restrictions or licensing requirements for gun transfers. Below is a list of the more common location-specific regulations. Some cities, counties, or municipalities may have additional restrictions. We recommended that you speak to a local FFL well in advance of your rental start date to head off any issues with pickup.

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.

  • Rhode Island requires a mandatory 7 day waiting period for all gun purchases. These laws may or may not apply to sporting arms rentals. 
  • California: In addition to a valid government issued photo 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 taking possession of. 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. You are responsible for all FFL transfer fees when you pick up a firearm. They are not included in our rental fees.

  • Illinoi requires you to have a valid Firearm Owner’s Identification (FOID) card in addition to a valid, government-issued ID.
  • New York requires you to have a License to carry in addition to a valid, government issued ID.
  • Massachusetts requires a Firearms Identification Card (FID) OR a License to Carry.

ELIGIBILITY TO RENT:

Anyone buying a gun online must pass a National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS Check) before the FFL Dealer can transfer possession to you. In general, to pass the check you must:

  • Provide your address, place of birth, height, weight, sex, birth date, ethnicity, and race
  • Verify you are:
    • The actual buyer of the firearm
    • A citizen of the United States
  • Verify you are NOT:
    • Under indictment for a felony or any crime for which the judge can imprison you for more than a year
    • A convicted felon
    • A fugitive from justice
    • An unlawful drug user
    • Mentally defective
    • A recipient of a dishonorable discharge from the Military
    • The subject of a domestic restraining order
    • A convicted domestic abuser
    • An illegal alien

In addition, we require you to confirm that you have passed a hunter safety course (provide the number or birth date if pre 1970), have a current hunting license or tag (copy required), have a valid driver’s license (photo required), and that you confirm a number of questions related to the lawful and safe operation of firearms as detailed in our policies linked at the bottom of the page. We reserve the right to deny a firearm or gear rental to anyone based on these eligibilities and our opinion of your intentions and ability to safely and lawfully possess, use, or return the equipment.

Send us your questions! In addition to answering, we may post the responses here to help other customers.  Note: we cannot address questions regarding state and local laws and ordinances. We are up to speed with federal law relating to firearms transfers and can assure you that our business operates within those guidelines. Your screen your personal eligibility based on ATF guidelines, but this does not have any bearing on your disposition from the FBI’s NICS system or your individual rights and requirements of your state or municipality.