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Just a general question for y'all. Has it been your experience, in getting parts that require an FFL to ship or acquiring guns out of state that require an FFL to ship, that it is easier to obtain an FFL and handle it yourself rather than going through a dealer? It just seems that it might be easier to get an FFL and handle it yourself. Opinions? Are the requirements for an FFL hard to achieve?

Sorry for the ignorance but just thought I would start here and ask. Love the site...thanks
 

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It would probably be easier to find a friendly local FFL than to get your own. If there is a gun shop you tend to frequent, if you ask nicely, they'll probably be happy to handle the occasional gun for you.

As to getting an FFL, I would check the BATF website, but I believe that you must now have a seperate place of business (seperate from your home) to get an FFL.

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I recently sent off the orders for two rifles. I bought postal money orders. I wrote two cover letters, and I stamped and addressed two envelopes. All of that, I would have had to do regardless of any Federal nuisance legislation. Then I stopped by a local gun shop. The proprietor took two copies of his FFL off a stack, signed them, and handed them to me. I stuffed them in the envelopes and mailed them.

There will be a final minor hassle as I pick the guns up at his shop and fill out yellow forms, but there isn't really a lot to buying a gun using a cooperative FFL holder.

On the other hand, there are several ads in Shotgun News, offering instructions, forms, and other necessaries for getting your own FFL. They make it sound easy, at least. And I can see how having your own FFL would be nice. Almost like living in the early 60s, when you could buy what you wanted and have it come to your door. (How come all the antis never remember those days when they talk about "easy access"?)

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I wouldn't consider a FFL in todays environment. The worries over missing a "dotted i or crossed t" (the least omission can be a Federal FELONY) is NOT worth it. That goes for a C&R license also.
Pick a favorite gun shop that will handle shipments for you, pay them their nominal fee, and let them worry about the legalities of the record keeping. IMHO of course!

[This message has been edited by Dogwhisperer5 (edited 10-17-2001).]
 

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I have an FFL. First-you need a separate place of business(no homes allowed). Then get the package from BATF. Fill it out,get fingerprinted, pass background checks, send in 300 dollars for 3 year license. You have to be engaged in the business for profit. BATF will not give a license for the collector of modern guns.
Albert
PS- Don't buy from those ads for info. packets.They are free from BATF.
 

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Dogwhisperer5,

I think you're a bit "over the top" when it comes to the C&R. The regulations are very easy to comprehend, and the BATF has better things to do than follow us collectors around.

CQB1,

"First-you need a separate place of business(no homes allowed)."

Well, while they discourage the practice, I know three class 01 FFL's within a 1/2 hour drive from my house that run their business exclusively from their house. You just have to have regular hours...
 
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