Home-Based FFL Guide

Contrary to popular belief, getting a home based FFL is perfectly legal, easy to do, and very common. Unfortunately, there are many myths about getting a home based FFL from the BATF. Myth #1: The ATF doesn’t allow home-based federal firearms licenses. You can absolutely be an FFL dealer as a home-based business. Myth #2: […]

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Firearms as Gifts

Firearms as Gifts

Christmas is coming soon! If you’re already an FFL, you’re likely to have customers looking to purchase a firearm as a gift for somebody else. If you’re not already an FFL, what are you waiting for? You can start the process of getting your FFL today! Although this is a great time for increased sales, […]

NFA Firearms by State

NFA Firearms by State

As I mentioned in our article on reduced NFA wait times, NFATracker is an awesome resource for our community. These guys collect and display various ATF paperwork approval and NFA transfer information. I’m including some information from their website here, but you really should go check them out on your own. While you’re there, you […]

Faster NFA Processing Times

NFA Approval Times Getting Faster!

We’ve got some great news for our industry… NFA paperwork processing times from the ATF are dropping. We have even better news for you if you already have your FFL. This is likely to encourage more customers to buy NFA firearms (like silencers, short barreled rifles, and more) from you!  Considering that you can make […]

Gun Laws - Violence

Why More Gun Laws Won’t Prevent Violence

No, more gun laws won’t prevent more violence. In fact, our current laws don’t even prevent violence. That doesn’t mean that we need more/better laws. Instead, more restrictions will only make more victims. In this article, we’re going to cover: Current Gun Laws Don’t Work Gun laws don’t stop violence. In fact, no laws stop […]

ATF Inspections DOD

ATF Inspection Process for DOD Contractors

Today, the ATF released an overview of the inspection process for FFLs who are also Department of Defense Contractors. You can view/download the ATF Inspection Process for DOD Contractors, or read it in full below. NOTE: This process is similar, but different from, the normal ATF inspection process for FFLs who are not also DOD […]

Best FFL Software

Best FFL Software for A&D Records

Now that you’ve got your FFL, you’re going to need a way to manage your Acquisition and Disposition (A&D) records. This is an important decision to make now – it can be difficult to switch from one set of FFL records to another (but not impossible). What are Acquisition & Disposition (A&D) records? A&D records […]

Straw Purchases

What is a Straw Purchase?

Q: What is a Straw Purchase? A: A straw purchase occurs when one person buys a gun for someone else who is either prohibited by law from possessing a gun or who does not want his or her name associated with the transaction. A straw purchase is a felony with a punishment of 10 years […]

Silencers - Vegas

Silencer Would NOT Have Made Vegas Shooting Worse

Despite what Hillary Clinton tweeted after the horrible Las Vegas shooting, a silencer would not have made the shooting worse. I make this claim for three reasons: 1 – Silencers don’t work like she thinks they do, 2 – There is no current law preventing the shooter from using a silencer, and 3 – The […]

Rapid Fire Devices

Legality of Rapid-Fire Devices – Not Machine Guns nor Fully Automatic

With the recent horrible shooting event in Las Vegas, Nevada, where 59 people were murdered and hundreds more were injured, the question about whether the shooter actually used a full-automatic machine gun has been popular. I may have inadvertently started this debate. When I first learned of the attack this morning, I saw a video […]

Prohibited Persons

Prohibited Persons / Firearm Possession

“Prohibited persons” may not possess firearms or ammunition. It is also unlawful to knowingly give a prohibited person firearms or ammunition. Those restrictions seem straight-forward, but there are unique definitions and exceptions that apply. These details should be understood so that you know exactly who is a prohibited person and precisely what they are prohibited […]

FFL - PRIVATE FIREARM TRANSFERS 2017-1 ATF

ATF Procedure 2017-1 – Private Firearm Transfers Through FFLs

Recently the ATF published Procedure 2017-1 (not ATF Ruling 2017-1). ATF Procedure 2017-1 “set[s] forth the record-keeping and National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) procedures for a Federal firearms licensee (FFL) who facilitates the transfer of firearms between private unlicensed individuals.” In this article, we’re going to cover: Basic Background and Requirements for Private […]

ATF 2017 Statistics - FFL & SOT

FFL License, Application, SOT, and Inspection Statistics

Welcome to the mother-load of ATF-related data on FFL Applications and Inspections statistics! Each year the ATF publishes a report that includes data on the number of firearms in commerce (made, exported, and imported) and statistics on NFA firearms (forms, revenue, and distribution) and FFLs (applications and inspections. In the ATF’s Firearms Commerce in the […]

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