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Buying a Gun (in Ohio) at Ohio Armament

Age Requirements
-You must be at least 18 years old to buy a rifle or shotgun.
-You must be at least 21 years old to buy a pistol, completed lower receiver, and a stripped receiver.
Residency Requirements
-To buy a pistol or stripped receiver, you must be an Ohio resident. If you are an out of state resident, but you own land in Ohio, you must bring property tax records showing your Ohio address along with your out of state ID.
-There are no residency requirements for buying a rifle or complete lower.
Document Requirements
-You will need a State Issued Photo ID with your current address.
-If you current address does not match your photo ID, you will need to bring some form of state or government documentation with your new address on it (Ohio BMV Papers, Voter Registration, Property Tax records, etc. Utility bills and insurance documents do not satisfy this requirement.)
-If you are an out of state resident who lives and owns land in Ohio and are buying a pistol, bring property tax records.
Background Check Requirements
-Anyone wanting to buy a firearm must fill out a 4473 NICS Background Check form. See the details of the 4473 here, which includes all the details for those under 21.
-DO NOT purchase a gun for someone else. Protect yourself from breaking the ATF Straw Purchase laws. Want to buy a gun for a family member: we recommend you purchase a gift certificate for the total price.
-->Buying a gun for someone who is prohibited by law from possessing one or for someone who does not want his or her name associated with the transaction is a "straw purchase."
-->An illegal firearm purchase (straw purchase) is a federal crime.
-->An illegal firearm purchase can bring a felony conviction sentence of ten years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000.
-->Buying a gun for someone who can't can cost you your good name and land you in big trouble.
-->Never buy a gun for someone who is unwilling or unable to do so. Whatever you do, Don't Lie for the Other Guy!
-Once you fill out the 4473, we review it with you and then process.
-Click here to see a blank form. You, the customer, only has to fill out the form to line 15. The rest is for the store to fill out. This is completed in the store—do not print this and bring it in. We will not use it.

Background checks can go 1 of 3 ways: Proceed, Delayed, or Denied
-Proceed: Everything came back fine and we can sell you the firearm.
-Delayed: This is neither good nor bad; it just means the ATF has to do more research. They will assign a Brady Date to your background check, meaning the ATF has 3 business days to determine your status. If it changes to proceed or denied within those 3 days, we contact you to proceed with selling the firearm and only requires re-certifying your 4473. IF THERE IS NO RESPONSE FROM THE ATF WITHIN 3 DAYS: It is our store policy that we will only proceed with the sale of the firearm if you have a valid Ohio CCW. If you do not have an Ohio CCW, we will not transfer the firearm.
-Denied: You have done something in the past that makes us unable to sell you any firearm
Please note:
-You do not need a permit to purchase a firearm in Ohio. No such permit exists.
-You do not need to register your firearm anywhere. There is no firearm registry in Ohio.
-There is no waiting period in Ohio.
-Silencers and Short Barreled Rifles are NFA items and have more requirements (contact us).
-Please feel free to ask us anything. The only dumb question is the one you don’t ask.

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