Resources for Federal Firearms Licensees

Handguns and NICS Form

Tip of the Month

As of January 25, 2017, when asking for the type of transaction, the NICS Contracted Call Center (NCCC) began asking “Including Private Sales – Type of Transaction and Firearm?” If you are conducting a private sale, then you will provide one of the following appropriate responses: Private Sale of a Handgun, Private Sale of a Long Gun, Private Sale Other, Private Sale Return to Seller Handgun, Private Sale Return to Seller Long Gun, or Private Sale Return to Seller Other.

The NICS E-Check users’ Private Sale Codes are as follows: 27 - Private Sale Handgun, 28 - Private Sale Long Gun, 29 - Private Sale Other, 30 - Return to Seller Handgun, 31 - Return to Seller Long Gun, and 32 - Return to Seller Other.

Additional detailed information regarding record keeping and background check procedures for private sales can be located at

The FBI offers a variety of resources for federal firearms licensees (FFLs), including information on enrollment, E-Check, resolution cards, and more.