1-408-269-GUNS (4867)

1584 Meridian Avenue San Jose CA 95125 US

Frequently Asked Questions


What do I need to have in order to buy a gun?

For all firearms, you must have a valid California Driver License or California Identification Card and a Firearms Safety Certificate (FSC). For handguns, you must also provide a secondary proof of residency which has your name and correct address. Acceptable forms of secondary proof are California DMV Registration, a recent (within 3 months) utility bill, or a signed, dated, and notarized rental agreement.

NOTE: In January of 2018, the State of California began issuing and renewing Driver Licenses and Identification Cards with the words, "FEDERAL LIMITS APPLY" in the upper left corner. Until further notice, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PURCHASE A FIREARM if you have one of these licenses or ID cards. If you have one of these cards, you must contact the California DMV and make an appointment to get a new Real ID card (which will have a golden bear in the upper right corner).

Where can I find the study guide for the Firearms Safety Certificate (FSC) test? And where can I take the test?

You can find the FSC study guide on the California Department of Justice (DOJ) website. Click here to open the study guide.

When you are ready to take the FSC test, you can take it at MilSpec Armory. No appointment is necessary. There is a $25 State fee, and you must score a minimum of 23 out of 30 to pass. If you do not pass on the first attempt, you may return after 24-hours and retake the test one additional time without paying an additional fee.

What if the address on my ID does not match my physical address?

To satisfy Federal requirements, if your identification does not have your correct physical address you must also supply a government issued license or permit with your name and correct address. Examples would be DMV Registration, pilot's license, contractor's license, etc.

What is the background/waiting period for firearm purchases in California?

There is a minimum 240 hour (ten 24-hour days) waiting period during which a background check is conducted. The waiting period begins when the background/registration paperwork is completed during the purchase process. The firearm may be received after the waiting period, but must be picked up prior to 720 hours (thirty 24-hour days) from the time the initial paperwork was submitted otherwise the background expires and the paperwork must be re-submitted and new fees are accrued.

What happens if I get a DELAY during my background check?
Delays sometimes occur. From the time CA DOJ notifies us that a person is delayed, they have thirty (30) days to make a status decision. If the thirty day period is reached, the buyer status becomes UNDETERMINED. At this point, the buyer must make a decision by either resubmitting the background paperwork, getting fingerprinted to attempt to determine firearm eligibility, or contact the DOJ to determine why they could not complete a background check. The buyer may decide to cancel the purchase, but a 20% restocking fee will be charged on the purchase price of the firearm.

What happens if I fail a background check?

Failure of the background check will result in a forfeit of all submitted fees. A 20% restocking fee will be charged on firearms purchases. Knowingly providing false information on State and Federal firearms paperwork may result in criminal charges.

What is the California Roster of Handguns Certified For Sale?

The California Roster of Handguns Certified for Sale is a listing of handguns which the State of California has deemed safe to sell to the public.

Effective January 1, 2001, no handgun may be manufactured within California, imported into California for sale, lent, given, kept for sale, or offered/exposed for sale unless that handgun model has passed firing, safety, and drop tests and is certified for sale in California by the Department of Justice. Private party transfers, curio/relic handguns, certain single-action revolvers, and pawn/consignment returns are exempt from this requirement.

To search the Roster, click here.

How old do you have to be to buy a firearm?

You must be at least 18 years old to buy a long gun (rifles and shotguns), and you must be at least 21 years old to buy a handgun.

If I purchase a firearm and I don't like it, can I return it?

Unfortunately firearms, similar to automobiles, are registered to you at the time of purchase and through the background check process. Because of this reason, firearms can not be purchased, used, and then returned like some other types of consumer goods. At MilSpec Armory, our staff will do their best to guide you towards the purchase that best fits your needs so that we can increase the likelihood that your purchase will be enjoyable.

Can I order a firearm online? And can it be delivered to my house?

You CAN order certain firearms online, BUT they must be shipped to a dealer with a Federal Firearms License (FFL). Firearms can not be shipped to a residence or any location which does not have an FFL and for California, a California Firearms Dealer (CFD) license. You should note that firearms ordered online often incur shipping, credit card, and transfer fees which often increase the final cost to above the cost of ordering the same firearm from your local FFL. In addition, these firearms are still subject to all California firearms restrictions including assault weapons laws and the Roster of Handguns Certified For Sale. We advise that you check with us first to see if we have the firearm in stock or if we can order the firearm for you before you order online.

Can I order Ammunition online? And can it be delivered to my house? Does MilSpec Armory receive online ammunition orders?

Beginning January 1, 2018, ammunition can only be imported and sold through an Authorized Ammunition Dealer. This means you can not have ammunition shipped to your home, nor can you buy it in another state and transport it across the California State line. At this time, MilSpec Armory is not accepting online ammunition transfers. We do have a large variety of ammunition for sale, and we can order most ammunition for our customers in small or case quantities.