With the alarming criminality rates and the increasing interest in firearms for self defense Albuquerque, stores find themselves overwhelmed by their customers’ demand. The authorities warn that anyone interested in buying a gun should become familiar with the law that regulates the regime of firearms and ammunition, and take the necessary steps to comply with it.
Buying a Self-Defense Firearm – From Form Filling to Complying with Safety and Shipping Regulations
Surprisingly, firearm acquisition and use is not regulated by the CPSA (Consumer Product Safety Act) or the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission), but this is not a unique case. Industries such as motor vehicles, aircraft, tobacco, pesticides, boats and aircraft engines are not regulated by the CPSA either. Of course, this does not mean that there are no rules in place. The most prominent regulator of the firearms industry is the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Bureau (ATF).
As an example, to commercialize firearms, an individual needs to be licensed with the ATF as an FFL (Federal Firearms Licensed) dealer. As an FFL dealer, the merchant is asked to keep accurate records of all weapons acquired and sold in their store. For example, when selling guns for self-defense in Albuquerque, merchants should keep records that include the model and serial number of the firearm, name of the manufacturer, the firearm’s caliber and type, the date of the transaction and the personal data of the individual who purchased the firearm. All records must be kept in bound volumes and be accessible for inspections done by ATF agents.
Federal laws also tell how a firearm should be sold to a person and under what circumstances. The buyer, for instance, should complete the 4473 form provided by the ATF. The form includes not only personal data meant to allow the verification of the person’s identity, but also questions regarding the eventual criminal history of that person, their mental competency, drug use and other data.
Manufacturers are required to include indelible serial numbers on all firearms they produce and keep records including the serial number, type of firearm, date of fabrication and to whom the firearms are sold. This is indispensable when the ATF traces firearms that were used in crime. They contact the manufacturers of those weapons and recreate the entire chain of distribution.
Other regulatory bodies and agencies regulate aspects related to firearms distribution, use and commercialization as well. For instance, the Federal Aviation Administration is the author of special regulations concerning the transportation of firearms on aircrafts. The Department of Transportation has issued shipping requirements for package labeling to regulate the shipping of ammunition.
Other regulations stipulate that firearms can only be shipped across state borders between FFL holders licensed at federal level, and firearms cannot be bought online or delivered by mail to individual buyers.
All these regulations have to be known and complied with, but, luckily for those interested in buying guns for self-defense in Albuquerque, shops rely on savvy dedicated employees who know everything on the subject and are happy to share their knowledge with their clients.