Frequently Asked Questions
• Owning and Using a Gun in the Bay Area
• What’s involved in buying a firearm?
All firearms purchases and transfers, including private party transactions and sales at gun shows, must be made through a licensed dealer under the Dealer Record of Sale (DROS) process. California imposes a 10 day waiting period before a firearm can be released to a buyer. A person must be at least 18 years of age to purchase a rifle or shotgun. To buy a handgun, a person must be at least 21 years of age and possess a Handgun Safety Certificate (HSC) or qualify for a HSC exemption.
As part of the DROS process, the buyer must present “clear evidence of identity and age” which is defined as a valid, non expired California Driver’s License or Identification Card issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. A military identification accompanied by permanent duty station orders indicating a posting in California is also acceptable. You must also demonstrate that you are a resident of California. Residency cannot be proven by a California Driver’s License, but can be proven by a current utility bill or other piece of mail with in the last few months.