• What are the requirements to purchase a firearm?
    You must be 18 years old to purchase a long gun.
    You must be 21 years old to purchase a handgun.
    You must not be prohibitied from owning a firearm.
    You must complete the ATF Form 4473 and complete a background check.
    You must complete the Oregon State thumbprint form.
    You must comply with all applicable laws.

  • How do I purchase a firearm?
    Select your item and pay for it. Complete the 4473 and the transfer process successfully.

  • I am purchasing from another dealer and they require to ship to a local dealer, how does that work?
    Purchase as normal and pay.
    If I am already on file with your seller, select BBT Arms as your receiving dealer and you're done.
    If the seller does not have BBT Arms on file, please email us with your order information and an email to send our FFL to.
    Tracking information will be sent to you.
    Once item shows delivered, contact us for a transfer time.

  • What are your policies for receiving shipments?
    All recieved items will be opened and the firearm information verified off the firearm itself and entered into our books by end of business day. No exceptions.
    Items not picked up within 90 days of being received will be forfeited unless otherwise arranged.
    If an item or box is visibly damaged from the outside, pictures will be taken, but the item will still be opened for verification.
    If an item appears to be seriously damaged the shipment may be refused at our descretion.
    Any damage that may have occurred during shipping, or issues thereof, must be taken up with the shipper/seller directly.

  • What are your policies for completing a transfer?
    You must bring a government issued ID that matches your current address.
    The transfer fee is paid prior to submitting the 4473 application to OSP.
    Transfer fees are non-refundable for any reason.
    Acceptable methods of payment are cash or paypal.

  • What should I know before completing the 4473 and the transfer process?
    You need to be not disqualified from owning a firearm. See the 'MORE' link above and the 'Firearm Disqualifier' link.
    You must complete the form in the presecence of BBT Arms. You cannot complete this form in advance.
    The ID you wish to use must be government issued, valid, unexpired, show your date of birth and bearing your picture.
    If your residence address is not on your presented ID, a second form of ID may be used to verify.
    Your current residence address must match the address on your presented identification and match the corresponding Oregon database.
    Your name as entered in the 4473 must match your identification exactly. Avoid abbreviations.
    Both your thumbprints will be taken and kept on file as per Oregon state requirements.

  • How long does it take to complete a 4473 transfer?
    Completing the 4473 form and the fingerprint form takes about 5-10 minutes.
    The 4473 is completed electronically and just must be signed after being completed.
    Its a few minutes more to submit the form online and we wait for Oreon state police approval.
    If you're instant approved, you're done and out the door.
    If you go to 'review' this means the State Police Officer must put eyes on your application before approval. Depending on how many are in the queue, the wait averages between 1-3 minutes per number in the queue.
    Delays or long queues can happen during large gun shows, state database outages, peak buying times such as holiday sales.
    During a delay, the firearm must remain with the dealer until the process is complete. Once the Officer has finished reviewing your request, they must provide a determiniation within 30 minutes, which can be approved, denied, or delayed with an expected date.

  • Where can I get a copy of the 4473?
    See 'MORE' link above.
  • What do I do if my background check is returned 'delayed'?
    The short answer, nothing. OSP can offer you no more information than they're waiting on a response for an information request. If you are delayed, Oregon State Police will issue a delay date for which they should have a determination available. This date is available at the time of the delay. Though it may change and be extended during the process, it is rare. We will be notified electronically in the web portal of the delay date change. Typically a delay date is the longest time it will take for a determination. If a decision is returned sooner, the dealer will be notified in the web portal or via phone.

  • What do I do if I my background check is returned 'denied'?
    See the 'MORE' link above for the 'OSP denied challenge form' and the guide to appealing your decision for the State of Oregon. If the State tells you its a Federal denial, follow the 'FBI NICS' link for appealing. Most denials can be worked through to find and remedy the cause, however, until then, we will note this on your 4473 and retain possesion of the firearm. An Oregon State Police officer or other local law enforcment will follow up with us and the transferee. We are not notified of the reason for the denial and can provide no further reason for it.

  • Do my thumbprints get submitted to the Oregon State Police?
    ORS 166.412(4)(c) Thumbprints are not submitted to the Oregon State Police except in the course of an investigation or, in rare cases, to verify identity prior to purchase.
    Also, ORS 166.412(2)(f) A dealer is not required to keep the thumbprints beyond 5 years from the date of the transaction.

  • Where does my information get sent after completing the 4473?
    In Oregon, the primary point of contact is the Oregon State Police. They will input the information into the federal NICS database and check amongst other local databases.

  • How long does the Oregon State Police keep my information on record?
    ORS 166.412(7) The department may retain a record of the transaction for no longer than 5 years. It's unclear if they destroy records after 5 years, or still retain them.

  • How can I make sure I am 'instant' approved on my state background check?
    In short, you can't to our knowledge. The Oregon State Police do not divulge any of that information to the dealer. You may call the Fire Arms Instant Check 'FICS' hotline to inquire. While anectodal, we've not seen a discernable pattern as to why someone may be instant approved one day and go to review the next. Some people may have a name similiar to a disqualified person, sometimes using your Social Security Number helps identifying between the two.


  • What is an 'NFA' item?
    Anything that is not defined as a handgun, shotgun, or rifle.
    Examples include, but are not limited to, machine guns, silencers/suppressors, short-barrelled long guns, and anything that may not fit into those categories that is defined as 'AOW' / Any Other Weapon.

  • How do I purchase an NFA item?
    The process for transferring a NFA item is considerably more involved than a normal transfer.
    The purchaser must complete an NFA form 4 correctly, in triplicate, mail to the NFA branch of the ATF and wait for approval.
    Approval times can be 6 - 18 months.
    If you decide to proceed, you purchase the item normally and have it transferred into us. Once it's arrived, you may complete your NFA form 4 and submit it for approval.

  • How do I complete an NFA form 4 and can you help?
    Download the form, read the instructions and complete it. We highly encourage all new NFA purchases to download the form and familiarize themselves with it prior to completing the form.
    We can certainly help you complete it correctly. We have an electronic process for completing the form that prints out your required triplicates, your CLEO notification with mailing address already entered, your pictures added into the document, a 4th copy for your records, and a 5th copy of the first page only for storage with your item while awaiting transfer.
    This process is available to both individuals and trusts.

  • Do I need to complete the NFA form 4 at your location?
    You may complete the form 4 entirely on your own if you like, you'd only need to come in for us to fill in our dealer information and sign the dealer portion of the forms.

  • Where can I get a copy of the NFA Form 4?
    See the 'MORE' link above.

  • How much does an NFA purchase and transfer cost?
    The cost of the item itself varies wildly. Machineguns can be $10,000+ while silencers can be as inexpensive as $200.
    The transfer fee is an addtional cost paid with your application directly to the ATF, which is a non-refundable $200 typically, $5 for 'AOW'.
    There is addiontal costs in getting the required fingerprint cards and passport photos as well.
    BBT Arms will charge a transfer fee appropriate to the level of involvement you select. See our fee section below.
    Beyond that, just postage costs.

  • What is required with my NFA transfer paperwork?
    If transferring as a trust, a copy of your trust paperwork and a copy of the responsible person questionaire for each person it applies to, which requires fingerprints and photographs for each.
    If transferring as an individual, fingerprints and photographs are required.

  • Where do I get photographs taken?
    You can get them done if you choose to have us fill out your application in house. Otherwise, anywhere you get passport photos taken. If you have existing photos, they must've been taken within 1 year prior to submitting your application. You'll need 3 photors for each person. 2 copies for the ATF, 1 for the CLEO. For instance, the local Walgreens charges $12.99 for 2 passport photos and additional fee for printing a third photo.

  • Where do I get fingerprints taken?
    From anywhere that is FBI certified to take them and print them on an FD-258 fingerprint card. Two copies are required for each person. Most often this can aquired from your county sheriff or local law enforcement. For instance, Washington County Sheriff's office charges $25 for 2 FD-258 cards and $2 each additional copy.

  • Does BBT Arms provide fingerprinting or photograph services?
    Photos yes.
    Fingerprints are coming soon.



  • I want to purchase an NFA item from a private party and both parties are residents of Oregon.
    The transferor (seller) and the transferee (buyer) may complete the Form 4 without BBT Arms acting as an intermediary, though it would be advisable to work with us to ensure paperwork accuracy.
    The transferee will complete the form 4 and submit to the ATF.
    The transferee will recieve the approved application and stamp in the mail.
    Before the physical NFA item is transferred, you both must come to us to complete the 4473 paperwork.
    At the dealer, the transferee will complete the 4473 as a private party transfer and once approved, the transferee may leave with the item.

  • I want to purchase an NFA item from a private party in another state and I reside in Oregon.
    This type of purchase is a bit more involved because there are two transfers happening.
    First, the seller would contact us to arrange a transfer on a form 4, with a tax payment to be determined amongst yourselves and rendered to BBT Arms for submitting with the application.
    Once approved, the seller may ship the item to us at thier expense.
    Once we have recieved the item, the transfer is now the same as a normal form 4 transfer listed above. Alternatively, though not required, the seller may first transfer the item on a tax paid form 4 to a local dealer, who would then transfer the item to us on a tax free form 3. We would then complete a tax paid form 4 to you, the buyer. Completing the transfer this way adds approx 2-4 weeks processing time for the form 3 between dealers and likely adds a small transfer from the initial dealer. This process is not required, but some people just feel more comfortable with it.


  • How much does a transfer fee cost?
    $25 total per transfer for the first firearm and this includes the background check.
    If you are purchasing more than one firearm, $10 each additional firearm beyond the first. For example, if you have 3 firearms to transfer, the total would be $40.
    For sales on multiple hand gun purchases, there is an additional one time $5 fee.

    Transfers of 9 items or more? Contact me.

  • How much does an NFA transfer fee cost?
    This depends on the services you would like us to perform. Here's the breakdown after we receive your item.
    $40 - You prepare all paperwork, provide all other documents, we just sign it. You mail it.
    $50 - We prepare paperwork, sign, mail it and you provide photographs and fingerprint cards.
    $60 - We prepare paperwork, photos, sign it, mail it and you provide 2 fingerprint cards.

    Comming soon we will have fingerprint capabilities, and the cost will be as follows:
    $85 - We prepare paperwork, photos, fingerprint cards, sign it, and mail it.