Originally Posted by ramuman
Ahh, looks like online sales have to be shipped to someone with (I didn't know the term till now) an FFL. It still seems like gun shows are still like the wild wild west.
All federal firearms laws apply at gun shows just like they apply at gun shops. Criminals don't get guns at gun shows. If you're buying a gun from an FFL at a gun show, you have to go through the exact same steps as if you were buying a gun at their store. Private sales do not require background checks (federally) but there are other laws you can look up in regards to that and they must be followed. Example: It's a felony to knowingly sell to someone that is prohibited from possessing guns. Also, private sales can not be done for the intent of profit. I can sell a gun I no longer want to someone (in my state I'd have to take them to a gun store for a background check and I'd do so anyways to be safe), inherited guns, etc. but it's illegal to sell guns with the intent to profit without a FFL. If you get caught doing so the ATF will make your life hell.
If you buy a gun online (I have) you send the information for the FFL you are using to the seller. The seller ships the gun to the FFL. Your FFL then runs the background check.