Contrary to popular belief, getting a home based FFL is perfectly legal, easy to do, and very popular.
Unfortunately, there are many myths about getting a home based FFL from the BATF.
It is a myth that the ATF doesn’t allow home-based federal firearms licenses. You can absolutely be an FFL dealer as a home based business.
It is a myth that it’s near impossible to become an ffl holder from home. As long as there isn’t zoning/HOA issue and you know the right steps, the process to submitting your ffl application for a home ffl is fairly straightforward.
It is a myth that a home based ffl is rare. In fact, they are so common, most ffl dealers in the country are home based ffls.
So, you can be an FFL holder from your home as long as you know the right way to apply for your ffl license and you meet all of the requirements.
We cover all of this, and more, in our Get Your FFL course
Home Based FFL
We’ve seen a giant increase lately in the number of people getting their home-based FFL. We think that it is due to a couple reasons:
- American gun owners are getting more and more nervous about anti-gun legislation and they’ve realized that FFLs are almost always exempt from new gun bans, and
- The increase in online gun sales and the ease of selling guns online are encouraging Americans to start a side-business from their home to make some extra money (and save money on their own guns).
So, why are most of the FFLs home-based?
Easy: Although a home ffl is not a customary home occupation, many Americans have realized that they can start their own firearms business without the cost and trouble of starting an actual gun store.
With a home based FFL, you can sell firearms online, conduct a retail sale for customers in your home as a gun dealer, or even conduct the occasional ffl transfer of a firearm with your house as your licensed premise.
Want to know how to get your home-based-FFL? We’re here to show you!
In this article, we’re going to explore:
Are Home-Based FFLs Allowed?
You might be thinking, “Wait, I thought that I read online that the ATF won’t allow home-based FFLs anymore.”
Well, bluntly, that’s what you get for believing what you read in forums and on social media. 🙂
ATF approves more home-based FFLs than licenses at a commercial location!
In fact, the majority of current FFLs in this country are home-based. Yep, that’s right – currently, most FFLs are home-based FFLs.
Now, this just means that ATF allows them – it isn’t a guarantee that you’ll be able to get an FFL in your home. There’s a couple nuances that might affect you (we’ll discuss these more below).
These potential hurdles, including our tips and tricks on how to overcome them and get your own home based FFL, are covered in our Get Your FFL Course.
Is a “Business” Required for a Home-based FFL?
Well, yes and no.
In order to get any type of FFL, you must have a business intent! You can get a personal firearm for yourself, but you’ll need to at least have some business intent in order to get your FFL application approved.
So, yes a “business” is required for a home-based FFL according to the Gun Control Act, but not in the way you might think.
Although we recommend forming an actual business and getting a business license in our FFL Course, you may apply for an FFL in your name as a sole-proprietor.
Either way, there must be some sort of “business” intent even though you may not be operating an actual gun store-front or firearm manufacturing facility.
What Would Keep You From Getting an FFL in Your Home?
The two biggest hurdles to getting a home-based FFL in most areas are zoning and landlords.
There are, of course, some cities that have a local law prohibiting this but there aren’t many (NYC for example).
Home-Based FFL Zoning
You don’t need to be in “commercial” nor “manufacturing” zoning to have a home-based FFL.
However, if you are in a residential zoned area (likely), you’ll need to work with your local zoning department to make sure that they understand that your FFL business will be a home business and that you will not be a typical storefront with regular customer traffic (if true).
The easiest home-based FFL to get is for testing, sales at gun shows only, sales online only, or even gunsmithing. This is because it is a common zoning requirement to not have public customer foot traffic.
It’s not that tricky to get zoning approval. In fact, in our FFL Course , we walk you through this process and even give you a sample letter to use as you explain the issue.
Home-Based FFL Landlords
If you rent your home (or apartment/condo), you’ll need to get approval from your landlord.
The landlord’s contact information will need to be listed on your FFL application and the ATF will contact your landlord prior to issuing you your federal firearms license.
If you’ve been concerned about whether home-based FFLs are allowed and you’ve been wondering how to get an FFL from your home, I hope that this information helped!
How to Get a Home Based FFL
After you’re sure you’ve met the basic ffl requirements, you’ll need to set up your business intent and plan, and ensure that you make the right choices when completing your ffl application.
We walk you through all of this in our course.
Step 1 is to enroll in the course.
Step 2 is to follow the course and learn the right way to set everything up.
Step 3 is to enjoy making and saving money with guns shipped straight to your home!