I recently mentioned Gunbroker.com in another post, so this needs to be explained.
Yes, you can buy guns on the internet. It’s really simple. Just choose the one you want, pay for it, and contact the seller. The seller then sends the gun to your local gun shop. You go to the gun shop, show your id, fill out the paper work, do the instant FBI background check, and anything else special for your state laws.
In short, online gun sales go through all of the same bureaucratic red tape as buying a gun from a licensed gun shop.
So why buy online?
Because without the internet, you can only buy whatever guns you can find in the local area. Sure, your gun shop can order a modern Remington hunting rifle or Colt AR-15, but they probably won’t have a rare WW1 Swiss rifle or whatever specific gun you want.
Heck, before 1968, you could buy guns in mail-order catalogs and they’d be shipped straight to your front door. Before 1968, many guns didn’t even have serial numbers. I personally have a Marlin Model 81 that doesn’t have a serial number. No one defaced my rifle, it was built without a serial number back in the 1920s.
***Some people buy guns online to save money. Saving money is nice, but not if it bankrupts the local gun shop. I buy modern guns at the gun shop. I only go online for something the gun shop doesn’t have and can’t order for a fair price. Want a brand new Beretta 92? I’ll buy one at the local gun store. Want an antique Beretta model 1919? I’ll find a nice one online and have it shipped to the gun store.