Cabela’s FFL Transfer Fee, Process Explained

Here’s the Cabela’s FFL transfer fee and process in simple terms. Cabela’s will process an FFL gun transfer from an online gun broker for a $25 to $50 fee. For gun purchases from Cabela’s — online or in-store — there is no transfer fee. Cabela’s no longer processes private dealer FFL gun transfers.

Cabela’s Federal Firearms License (FFL) Transfer Process

Cabela’s is a Federal Firearms Licensed (FFL) dealer, which means it can perform background checks and complete the required paperwork to sell firearms.

When you purchase a gun online, you can’t have it shipped directly to your house. Instead, you’ll need to have it shipped to an FFL dealer, like Cabela’s, that can legally process gun transfers. Cabela’s has a wide selection of guns available for purchase online that can be shipped to a Cabela’s location near you for in-store pickup. Or you can visit a Cabela’s to purchase a gun in-person, provided you meet all the legal requirements for gun ownership. Below we’ve listed the process for transferring ownership at Cabela’s, depending on where you purchase a firearm.

  • Online Cabela’s orders: During checkout, you’ll need to enter your ZIP code and select a location for in-store pickup. (Keep in mind that the Cabela’s store must be in the same state as your primary residence.) You’ll also need to fill out an Online Firearm Ordering Agreement. (This is not a background check, nor does it qualify as one.) Once your gun arrives at the Cabela’s store, you’ll be notified that your gun is ready for pickup. To claim your gun, you’ll need to fill out a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Form 4473 (this form has to be filled out at Cabela’s), and then Cabela’s will run a National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS). You must also prove that you meet state and federal requirements for owning that particular gun. If everything checks out, Cabela’s will issue you your firearm. In this instance, there is no transfer fee, but additional state fees may apply.
  • Online gun broker orders: When ordering a gun from an online gun broker — like GunBuyer or GunBroker.com — you’ll first want to contact the Cabela’s near you to confirm that it accepts transfers. If it does, enter the Cabela’s store address in the shipping information. The process to pick up your firearm will be the same as if you ordered it from Cabela’s; however, Cabela’s will charge a transfer fee. Fees vary by state but are usually $25 to $50; when you call your local Cabela’s to confirm that it accepts transfers, you can also find out the exact fee amount.
  • Cabela’s in-store gun purchases: Cabela’s has a number of guns in stock at its brick-and-mortar locations. To purchase a gun in-store, you’ll need to fill out an ATF Form 4473 and pass the NICS background check. You must also prove that you meet state and federal requirements for owning that particular gun. If everything checks out, Cabela’s will issue you your firearm. In this instance, there is no transfer fee, but additional state fees may apply.

Private Dealer FFL Transfers

Under federal law, you don’t need a license to buy or sell firearms, as long as the individual you’re buying from or selling to lives in the same state as you do. Still, if you’re buying or selling a gun, it’s a good idea to make sure it’s legally transferred. Unfortunately, Cabela’s no longer offers private dealer FFL transfer services, as confirmed by several Cabela’s customer service representatives. To find an FFL deal that handles person-to-person gun transfers, try an online search for “FFL Dealers Near Me.”

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In Summary

Now you know the Cabela’s FFL transfer fee and more.If you purchase a gun online, you can have the dealer send your gun to a participating Cabela’s to complete the necessary paperwork for a gun purchase. For outside purchases, the transfer fee varies by state but is usually $25 to $50. If you purchase a gun from Cabela’s — online or in-store — there is no transfer fee.

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  • Apparently Cabela’s FFL transfer fee is set by each store, so be sure to call first. I found out the hard way when I was surprised with a $50 transfer fee in Grandville, Michigan. Very pissed to say the least. Not to mention it took a long time to actually get someone to help me, and once I did, it took a ridiculously long time to process everything considering the first person that helped me screwed it up and had to get someone else to fix it.

    • We’re sorry to hear about your negative experience, PJ! We contacted Cabela’s customer service and confirmed that the fee does vary by state. We have updated our article to include this information.