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I have submitted my application for my Federal Firearms License and have a few questions.
1. How long does it take for the ATF to contact you after submission?
2. Is it mandatory that you have a gun safe to store all overnight deliveries?
3. Is it true you have to have a manufacturing license to just put AR15 uppers and lowers together?
4. Please feel free to volunteer any information that may be of help to me in this endeavor!
 

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Nidanjoe said:
I have submitted my application for my Federal Firearms License and have a few questions.
1. How long does it take for the ATF to contact you after submission?
2. Is it mandatory that you have a gun safe to store all overnight deliveries?
3. Is it true you have to have a manufacturing license to just put AR15 uppers and lowers together?
4. Please feel free to volunteer any information that may be of help to me in this endeavor!
1- after you send your application, fingerprints, pictures, and check/payment info the BATF has 60 days to contact you regarding your application and to set up an interview with you and your business partners if you have any (make sure you send a copy of your application to the chief LEO as the BATF will check this) also you need to prove that you will operate as a real business instead of just helping add to you and your friends/family gun collections, if you don't they will deny you (have a DBA or LLC and be ready once you get the FFL to begin setting up your business and taxes too)

2- It is not mandatory for a gun safe but it is recommended, on the info sheet of your application which is found at the back it does state to have a safe OR trigger locking devices, basically it's to keep youths from accessing them... Easiest way around the safe is to take an old closet and put a key locking door knob on it (you should get some trigger locks as a believe by law the must be made available to all people who purchase a gun from you... Also you can store your guns at a separate locked place such as a storage facility, your guns don't need to be at the address of the FFL but all of the sales records, transfers, background checks and paperwork must be kept at the address of your FFL that you put on the application, the BATF can come in anytime during your normal business hours that you stated on the application and check/inspect you-rarely does this happen unless there has been a crime committed using a weapon you sold)

3- I believe the manufacturing part is in regards to building and designing a weapon by means of CNC machine or etc (don't quote me on this though, I'm not 100% sure)... I have experienced with a few type 1 FFL holders that have built AR's with ordered parts, check with your BATF agent when they call to talk to you, they are generally more than happy to help answer all questions as they want to see a person succeed in getting their FFL to help the economy

I am currently going through the same process except I'm in NY so I have more steps and hurdles to overcome but any questions feel free to ask me, the others here, and/or the BATF agents by phone by calling your regional office
 

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Thank You Sir,
I do appreciate the help very much! I have added you to my contacts!
Thank you, I have accepted your contact request... If you have any helpful tips to pass on along the way that I might not be aware of then please speak up, there are always others here also interested in obtaining their FFL too and we can really help out as a group... IMHO the more FFL holders we have here on Glock Forum the better off we will be, especially with this Obama administration at the helm but we will save that political jargon for another thread on a rainy day :)
 

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Just an update on my FFL application, check your local zoning rules and regulations before you even submit your application to the ATF. I did not do this and the ATF agent informed me when he called to set up my appointment that I needed to do this. Lucky for me I am zoned "residential" or I would have had to have 2 acres of ground for my "Home Occupation" I only own seven tenths of an acre, so zoning is a major issue you shouldn't overlook!
 

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Thank you, please keep us updated with more info on your progress, these tips are great for everybody to learn from
 

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Hello everyone,
I have been approved for my FFL, just waiting for the official documents to arrive via the USPS! After it arrives I will have to go setup my state tax ID number. Oh and start making some contacts with other dealers & distributers so I can offer some kind of price per gun, rifle or receiver! If anyone would like to help me get started in that department please email me at: [email protected] and when I get all my documents in order I will email you copies! Thanks, and I hope this blog is helping others! Joe
 

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Hello everyone,
I have been approved for my FFL, just waiting for the official documents to arrive via the USPS! After it arrives I will have to go setup my state tax ID number. Oh and start making some contacts with other dealers & distributers so I can offer some kind of price per gun, rifle or receiver! If anyone would like to help me get started in that department please email me at: [email protected] and when I get all my documents in order I will email you copies! Thanks, and I hope this blog is helping others! Joe
When they came to your home for an interview please tell us the series of events that happened and what questions they asked or items they talked about... Also what were your answers to these questions?

Ps: what did you use as proof of safe storage? Was it a lockable gun cabinet, gun safe, locking closet or something else?
 

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Okay everyone here is another update on one of my questions of 3. Is it true you have to have a manufacturing license to just put AR15 uppers and lowers together?
And the answer is.......TRUE, you are required to have a manufacturing license to put AR15 uppers and lowers together! Oh and the cost per year is 1200.00 dollars for the license via the ATF.
 

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Can you please tell us about the whole process, some people would really like this info. Im sure many are looking to be FFL's but are skeptic of all the rules and reg's.
 

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Well first off unless you want your life under a government microscope stay away from FFL. There are lots of things that I must do now that I am a dealer and I will not fail to do. 1. If I as a dealer come across any gun with the serial numbers scratched off I will call the ATF and report it on the spot. 2. If someone brings me a illegal gun as in does not meet what the ATF deems as legal I will report it, and every firearms dealer must do so! 3. The dealer must list all personal firearms and anything deemed as illegal down the road must be surrendered to the government (ATF). More later got to go for now!
 

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Well first off unless you want your life under a government microscope stay away from FFL. There are lots of things that I must do now that I am a dealer and I will not fail to do. 1. If I as a dealer come across any gun with the serial numbers scratched off I will call the ATF and report it on the spot. 2. If someone brings me a illegal gun as in does not meet what the ATF deems as legal I will report it, and every firearms dealer must do so! 3. The dealer must list all personal firearms and anything deemed as illegal down the road must be surrendered to the government (ATF). More later got to go for now!
So what's the problem? Do what you're told and you won't get in trouble... That's what I got out of that whole rant. You are borderline talking like you're one of those bunker preppers with the tin foil hats to ward off the government.

All kidding aside I kinda get what you are saying but you're making it seem like its horrible... But if people would do their homework they would see its really not that bad at all
 

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Sorry didn't mean to sound like it was ranting I was just in a hurry and the wife was yelling at me to go! LOL Seriously thou it's not really that bad I just want to make everyone aware of what everybody has been saying to me. Actually the ATF agent was a very nice guy and at the end of him giving his presentation he asked, do you have any question? All I could reply was, WOW! He says I know it sounds a little overwhelming at first but it's not really all that hard so don't let me scare you off! Well he was right it's not all that hard just follow the instructions in the pack he gives you and you will do fine! Thanks! Joe
 

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Sorry didn't mean to sound like it was ranting I was just in a hurry and the wife was yelling at me to go! LOL Seriously thou it's not really that bad I just want to make everyone aware of what everybody has been saying to me. Actually the ATF agent was a very nice guy and at the end of him giving his presentation he asked, do you have any question? All I could reply was, WOW! He says I know it sounds a little overwhelming at first but it's not really all that hard so don't let me scare you off! Well he was right it's not all that hard just follow the instructions in the pack he gives you and you will do fine! Thanks! Joe
Lol nah man I was just busting your ----- lol, it's all good, I was just kidding and trying to clarify for the others that are unaware of the process that it's not scary, just extremely time consuming and can be a pain in the you know what lol
 
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