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    Default Shipping a pistol to CA - approval letter required?

    I just sold a pistol on Gunbroker to a person that lives in California.
    His FFL sent me a copy of their 07 license and also stated that a CA approval letter must be included.
    Well I never heard of that and my FFL didn't either.
    I was sent a link about it.
    Their FFL said my FFL has to take care of this.
    The only good thing is that the buyer is a LEO so he can accept the 12 round mags the pistol comes with.
    I really didn't know about this letter and maybe someone can give my some insight on this.
    Thanks

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    Default Re: Shipping a pistol to CA - approval letter required?

    You must have an approval letter from the CA dept of Justice with an approval number before you can actually ship the firearm to a CA dealer, if your firearm is not on the approved list you can't sell to the person. I use to do this ,but it's not worth the effort required. Most dealers are going to charge an extra fee to cover their time spent. I as a dealer stopped selling all firearms to CA, not worth the effort.
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    Default Re: Shipping a pistol to CA - approval letter required?

    Illegitimus non carborundum est

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    Default Re: Shipping a pistol to CA - approval letter required?

    Quote Originally Posted by gghbi View Post
    I would cancel the sale. Why would an LEO be exempt from the laws the rest of the subjects must abide by.
    ​Masks are being used to promote fear in order to demonstrate control.

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    Default Re: Shipping a pistol to CA - approval letter required?

    Quote Originally Posted by JenniferG View Post
    I would cancel the sale. Why would an LEO be exempt from the laws the rest of the subjects must abide by.
    You mean like being exempt from having a LTCF in Pennsylvania and still being able to carry ?

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    Default Re: Shipping a pistol to CA - approval letter required?

    We have shipped a couple of firearms to California, they did a pretty good job to make it easy for out-of-state FFL's to sign up with their DOJ program and get approval numbers before shipping. NOTE: Non-FFL's are NOT require to get preapproval before shipping. See question 2 below. My recommendation, ask their FFL if you can ship directly to them.

    https://oag.ca.gov/firearms/cflcfaqs#2
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    Default Re: Shipping a pistol to CA - approval letter required?

    Quote Originally Posted by WCMG View Post
    We have shipped a couple of firearms to California, they did a pretty good job to make it easy for out-of-state FFL's to sign up with their DOJ program and get approval numbers before shipping. NOTE: Non-FFL's are NOT require to get preapproval before shipping. See question 2 below. My recommendation, ask their FFL if you can ship directly to them.

    https://oag.ca.gov/firearms/cflcfaqs#2
    I was going to say earlier Iíve shipped a number of C&R firearms to California 01 FFLís and never had to do any letter, I guess you answered that question for me.

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