What Does it Take to Pass a Firearms Background Check?

Do you know what it takes to pass a firearms background check? Could you pass one? At afirearm.com,we talk to a lot of people who want to understand the process, and so we thought we’d put it in writing.Here are the steps you’ll need to take in order to purchase a firearm.

Fill out a Form

The first thing you’ll need to do is fill out a 4473, which is a form that’s required by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The form is six pages long and will have to be filled out with an attention to detail. You’ll need to include personal information such as your address, but providing them with your social security number is optional. Once the form is completed, the gun dealer will hold on to it for 20 years.

Pass the Test

If you’ve ever been convicted of a felony, or a crime that could have resulted in prison for longer than a year (even if you received a shorter sentence), then you’re not eligible to pass a firearm background check. In addition, you’ll also have to disclose whether or not you’re an illegal drug user. Once you answer the questions, the gun dealer will make a call to the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division and give them your information. If there isn’t anything in your record that prevents you from owning a firearm, they’ll give the go-ahead and you can make the purchase.

That’s all there is to passing a firearm background check. If you want to purchase a firearm but thought the process was too tough, this should give you some peace of mind. Take a look at some of our other articles about firearms and get comfortable with the topic. A good firearm will help keep you safe when others aren’t there to protect you.