Purchase of a Firearm
Federal requirements are that anyone purchasing a firearm from a licensed firearms dealer must complete a
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms
firearms transaction form 4473. This form will be maintained by the dealer.
A firearms purchaser must, under the permanent
provisions of the federal Brady law, also undergo a National Instant Criminal
Background Check System (NICS) check which will be performed by the firearms
dealer. The check will indicate to the dealer whether or not the purchaser's
background allows for the person to actually complete the purchase of the
firearm. If the check disallows the sale for no warranted reason, there is an
appeals process which the purchaser can pursue to receive the necessary
clearance to complete the purchase.
For questions regarding federal regulations
please contact the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms St. Paul, MN
Regulatory Office at (651) 726-0220.