How to Become a Firearm Dealer
One must “walk the talk” when it comes to learning how to become a firearms dealer. The FFL requires completion of an approved NFA license, training and passing an exam. The FFL is one of the most regulated areas of business in the nation, and holds a federal mandate for those who wish to obtain a license. A license is required for all dealers who wish to engage in the business of selling firearms to individuals on a for-sale basis. An individual can obtain an FFL by attending a FFL training course that meets the state-imposed requirements.
There are a few general items that every individual seeking to obtain an FFL must know and understand. Any person who wishes to be a licensed dealer must be at least twenty-one years of age, not a prohibited person under any law, and a United States citizen. Additionally, an individual who is at least eighteen years of age and possesses a valid license, but who has no criminal record, is considered a “good, honest” candidate for the license. Persons who cannot produce a license to prove that they meet all the above requirements are ineligible to be granted an FFL.
Besides acquiring a license, an individual interested in becoming a firearm dealer will need to learn the different types of ammunition that are allowed in the state. Most states require an FFL holder to have a special license to sell or transfer ammunition. However, many other states allow for the personal transfer of ammunition between an FFL holder and a person who is not a licensed dealer. This is commonly referred to as “handling” or “storing” ammunition. This responsibility is part of the training necessary to obtain an FFL.
There are a number of different types of licenses that can be obtained by a person who wishes to be an FFL. For example, to obtain a federal license, an individual must have successfully completed a federal firearms training course. A federal license is required for all individuals who wish to be FFLs. Individuals also may obtain state licenses, which are required for people who want to manage multiple handguns. However, these licenses do not require an FFL because they are only for the manufacture of small arms.
There are a number of different types of guns that are regulated by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. These include: antique firearms, machine guns, short-arms, sawed off shotguns, long-arms, weapons that convert semi automatics into fully automatic guns, and any gun that can be directly fired upon. In addition to regulating the manufacturing of these guns, the FFL also regulate the sale and distribution of these guns. Anytime that a firearms dealer fails to follow these regulations, he or she can be fined up to $10,000 or more.
It is important to note that there are some restrictions on when an individual can obtain an FFL. Prior to getting an FFL, it is necessary for prospective dealers to obtain an ATF license through NFA. Furthermore, no licensed dealer may sell guns directly to individuals. However, if the dealer does sell directly to an individual, they may only be able to sell the guns once.