An FFL license is definitely an important license if you are interested in selling, buying and dealing with firearms. Even if you are just planning on collecting guns, this license is an essential part of the process especially where curios and relics types (C&R) firearms are concerned.
Acquiring an FFL license and even qualifying for one is tough. If you think qualifying for one is hard, the process of applying and filling up the forms is even harder especially when the government and associated red tape is in the picture. Let’s focus on the FFL requirements. Do you qualify for one?
Do you have the application form?
Generally, there are 2 application types to getting the FFL. These applications are the ATF Form 7 (F 5310.12) and ATF form 7CR (F 5310.16). The Form 7 is the basic federal firearms license application whereas the 7CR form is the application that you’ll use if you want to become a licensed curio and relic collector.
The FFL application form isn’t something that you just fill and submit online-unfortunately. Part of having a successful application is the submission of photographs and fingerprints in order to complete the application process. You can however obtain these forms online or you can the ATF directly to request.
Do you fulfill the basic ffl requirements?
These basic requirements refer to the ones set by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that you must meet in order to become licensed. These requirements are as follows:
1) You’re 21 years of age or older.
2) You’re not prohibited from possessing firearms.
3) You haven’t violated any regulations of the Gun Control Act.
4) You can’t lie on your application, or fail to disclose information on it.
5) You have an approved location or premises that will be used for conducting business or for your gun collection.
Now you would need to confirm what you’ve submitted.
You would need to confirm that:
1) any dealings and potential business is conducted in a licensed location and you have not violated any state or local laws.
2) That you will constantly comply with local and state laws that pertains to your business within 30 days of your approved license application.
3) That you notify your local Chief Police via a provided form that you intend to apply for a license as well as where the licensed location would be.
4) That you can successfully provide secure and safe storage for devices and any firearms that are sold in your licensed location
Keep your Fingers Crossed!
Now that you have done everything correctly, sent in the appropriate documentation and met all the requirements, you would just have to sit back and wait till you receive a notice saying that your application has been approved or denied.
If this is your first time filling up the form-do it correctly as failing to do so can jeopardize your second attempt at the application. Either it will increase the time spent on getting approved (as you would come across as being suspicious of getting rejected the first time). Always keep close attention to detail when filling, submitting and confirming all your details.
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