Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Robertson Trading Post Located?
We are in Henderson, Tennessee, 90 miles East of Memphis, and 75 Miles North of Tupelo, Mississippi.
Do you offer a lay-away plan?
Yes, we have always done lay-aways. Terms are 20 percent down, minimum of $20, and balance due 90 days from the date the Lay-away begins. Lay aways are not exchangeable or refundable, a lay-away is a sale for the convenience of the buyer. We do not charge extra for lay-aways unless there is a balance owed at the end of the 90 day period. If that happens, we charge only 6 percent per month of the balance owed.
I live out-of-state. How do I purchase a firearm from you?
When I was very young, I used to go with my father and
uncles to gun shows and flea markets. I have personally sold hand guns across
the table at flea markets in Mississippi and Ohio without any paperwork. That
was before the 1968 Gun Control Act, however. Since then, in order to buy a
firearm from another state or through the mail, a person will have to recruit a
Federally licensed firearms dealer who is willing to receive it. The easiest
ones to get to do it, in our experience, are pawnbrokers or gunsmiths, but many
dealers will receive. We try to make their life easy when they are willing. We
already have a good many dealers' licenses in our files who are willing to
receive and transfer for a reasonable fee, so if you see something of ours that
you like, just let us know, and we'll be happy to see if we have your local
dealer's license. Guns America, Auction Arms, and Gun Broker all have easy to
use lists of dealers who are willing to receive and transfer, and we are among
them. Guns America's is
The Federally Licensed Dealer has to send us a signed copy of their Federal Firearms License. It can be an actual hard copy, or a scan or fax so long as it's legible. We always request that they specify which gun and which buyer so we don't get confused. Some dealers want a copy of our license first; we are happy to send that along with an invoice proposal if we have the buyer's full information for them: Name, address, contact phone number, e-mail address. To some transfer dealers, we fax the information we have along with a description of the gun and its serial number as well as a copy of our Firearms License. Sometimes, if an individual like yourself is buying the particular gun, the individual can address an envelope with order instructions and payment and then let the dealer mail his or her license all together. If a person pays via USPS Money order, or does a lay-away with personal check, etc., that is one good way to do it. We don't mind faxing an invoice proposal or draft to the dealer along with our license for their file on the front end. Gander Mountain, for one, requires that and it is a reasonable requirement. We require it, too, for incoming shipments to transfer for West Tennesseans.
We accept different forms of payment. The fastest way to get a gun shipped, however, is by United States Postal Service Money Order or Discover or Mastercard or Visa. Discover, MC or Visa need to be faxed in or phoned in. We never keep buyers' card numbers, we always obliterate any notes we take or faxes that customers send and attach them to the buyer's invoice. We can accept Personal Checks, but we hold the shipments for 7 days in order for the check to clear. We also accept Cashier's Checks or non-Postal Service Money Orders, but we hold them 10 days for clearance, because there are so many bogus ones floating around. There is no need to waste time and money on any cashier's check or money order except from the United States Postal Service.
When we ship, we usually send the dealer an unpriced invoice, marked "transfer only" so that they are not liable to collect sales tax. If they don't handle the money, they shouldn't be liable for sales tax, and they are only acting as a Transfer Agent to keep us all in compliance with Federal Law. We also always send them a copy of our license for their files, not only for the possibility of a return, but also to keep their Federal inspectors happy. With handguns, we always include a gun lock and the federal brochure for the Youth Firearms Safety Act, because a dealer is required by Federal Law to give the buyer both these items at the time of purchase. For California customers, we always include a CA Compliant Gun Lock and are careful to send the Dealer a copy of the CA Dept of Justice Shipment Validation Document. We always insure firearms valued over $100.00, and try to furnish the USPS Delivery Confirmation numbers to the buyer when we ship; that way, the buyer can tell when it gets to his dealer.
I live in Tennessee. How do I purchase a firearm from you? Is there a waiting period?
From 1967 until 1994, Tennessee had a waiting period for handguns. It was two weeks statutory, but in many instances the Chief Law Enforcement Officers would sign the forms and authorize the sale. The Ellington and Clement Regimes in Tennessee were staunchly anti-Gun, as was Senator Al Gore, Sr., whom we helped defeat in 1970. With the onset of the Federal Instant Check, Tennessee no longer has a waiting period, but the State of Tennessee has a mandatory $10.00 instant check fee on every firearms transaction, including Pawn Redemptions. In most cases, it is indeed instant, 10 minutes or less. You may purchase the firearm directly from us in-store. You are required to fill out a 4473 Over-the-Counter Firearm Sale form, and undergo a background check through the TICS (TBI’s Tennessee Instant Check System). There is no waiting period; most transactions take 15 minutes or less. Non-Tennessee residents in many cases can purchase long guns over the counter from us, so long as their state or city of residence doesn't have a law against it. Residents of the following jurisdictions may not purchase long guns over the counter from us: California, Connecticut, District of Colombia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico all are among jurisdictions whose residents may not buy long guns from us across the counter because there are state laws against it.
I live out-of-state. How do I purchase ammunition from you?
We may ship ammunition directly to non-dealer civilians provided that you do not reside in a jurisdiction where that is not permitted, notably New York City, Los Angeles, and several other jurisdictions throughout the United States. It can be shipped your place of residence or place of work, via UPS Ground, adult signature required. It may not be shipped to off-limits addresses such as schools or US Government Property. Before we can process your shipment, however, Federal Law passed in 1986 requires us to have a copy of your valid State Issued Photo Identification and an ammunition statement from you on file (see what is an ammunition statement?). To purchase ammunition from us and have it delivered to your door, simply send us the required ammunition statement and legible photo ID copy, and pay us for the ammo and shipping charges. Due to shipping restriction we can’t sell ammunition to Alaska, Hawaii, or Puerto Rico. No direct shipments to non-dealer civilians in Chicago, Aurora IL, Oak Park IL; Marin, Napa, Ventura, and Yolo counties in California; in the cities of Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento and San Francisco in California; District of Columbia; Annapolis city or Montgomery County MD; Massachusetts; New York City or any other jurisdiction that requires in-person signatures, thumbprints, etc., for civilian buyers of ammunition.
What is an ammunition statement?
We require an ammunition statement on file prior to sending ammunition. It consists of a readable copy of current identification (i.e. Driver License or a state issued Firearms ID / carry permit), as well as a truthful hand-written statement, signed & dated, saying: “I am at least 21 years of age and no local, state, or federal law prohibits me from purchasing small arms ammunition.” We must be able to read the identification number, expiration date, and date-of-birth. You may download our ammunition statement form here (right click, select “Save Target As…”, and select the download location). Please send the completed form to via Email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax to 731 989 4723, or by regular mail to Robertson Trading Post, PO Box 365, Henderson TN 38340.
Is it my responsibility to know state and federal laws before purchasing a firearm?
Yes. If you are unsure of what is legal in your jurisdiction, consult BATF online, your State Attorney General's web page, or other online resources. All States and most large municipal law enforcement agencies have local and state firearms regulations online. For California, Massachusetts, or Chicago Residents, click on the following links: California Department of Justice Chicago Police Department Roster Massachusetts Attorney General Roster
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