Originally Posted by Ste
so if i ship or bring my upper only (in cali i could with no ffl) ill have to register it, but can i purchase my lower and walk out the door from the store the same day?
You talking about your home defense pistol or an M4? Let me know what type of firearm you're talking about and I'll get you a straight answer from my FFL.
Your firearm permit for each weapon lists the caliber and barrel length so you need a separate permit for each upper. Pretty sure the lowers have a serial number depending on firearm type.
You can get a long gun permit to acquire. After waiting 14 days for the permit, it's good for a year and you can buy as many shotguns and rifles as you want (still have to take them to HPD to register after purchase).
For handguns, you have to buy the gun, take the receipt/serial number to HPD and apply for a permit to acquire, wait 14 days, go back to HPD to pick up your permit, go pick up the handgun from the dealer, and then take it back to HPD to register.
Bottom line is every trip to the HPD firearms unit is a PIA so I highly recommend bring your guns with you so you only have to make 1 trip.