Home Based FFL

Home-based FFLs are extremely popular! In fact, most FFLs in this country are run out of their house!

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 of reasons:

  1. Gun rights supporting Americans 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
  2. 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: why not start an FFL from your home to try it out first? It saves the cost and trouble of starting an actual gun store.

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?
Is a business required for a home-based FFL?
What would keep you from getting an FFL in your home?


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. 🙂

Here’s the truth: ATF approves home-based FFLs!

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.

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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 firearms 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, but not in the way you might think.

Although we recommend forming an actual business 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 are zoning and landlords.

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, or sales online only.

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!

I look forward to having you in our industry!