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myfavoritecar
06-09-2009, 4:06 PM
Hi all
I have some question on getting a FFL.
I currently have a C&R license and now I'm thinking of trying to get a dealer license but I want it for my personal use and not necessarily for a business.

1. Is it hard to get one and use your home address?
2. How much does it cost?
3. What are the pros and cons of having a FFL in your home?
4. Does it have to be a Business?
5. Can more than one person share a license like you can with a C&R?
6. Is it worth the trouble

I did a search here on Calguns but didn't find the info I was looking for so I apologize if this is a repetitive thread.

There's a lot of C&R hand guns that would be nice to own at good prices but by the time you pay up to an extra $50.00 to a $75.00 a piece( transfer fee and dros) It seems like you could save some money if you had your own dealer license.
Thanks in advance

ke6guj
06-09-2009, 4:19 PM
YOu can't get a non-C&R FFL for personal use, it must be for business use.

Fjold
06-09-2009, 4:28 PM
There are 9 types of Federal Firearms licenses (FFL's):

Type 01: Dealers

Type 02: Pawnbrokers

Type 03: Collector of Curios and Relics

Type 06: Firearms Ammunition Manufacturer

Type 07: Firearms Manufacturer

Type 08: Importer of Firearms/Ammunition

Type 09: Dealer in Destructive Devices

Type 10: Manufacturer of Destructive Devices

Type 11: Importer of Destructive Devices

More information can be found here:

http://www.atf.treas.gov/firearms/nlc/ffl/ffl_types.htm

kemasa
06-22-2009, 5:20 PM
1. Is it hard to get one and use your home address?

It depends on what you mean by hard, but in most cases and depending on where you live, it can be hard to impossible to get everything.

I have heard that you can not get a FFL at a home address, but would need to confirm that with the BATF.

2. How much does it cost?

The FFL is $200 for 3 years, but there are other expenses which depend on where you live, which often far exceed the cost of the FFL. The initial costs are also high, such as the CA Cert. of Elig. Renewal is only $22, but the initial fee with fingerprints is over $100. Local business licenses can also be quite expensive.

3. What are the pros and cons of having a FFL in your home?

The BATF and the CA DOJ can come and inspect your business. You can get firearms delivered to your door, but often the drivers don't alway follow the law and the shippers don't either, so it is possible (quite likely) that you will come home and find a firearm waiting for you, unless it is stolen before you get home.

4. Does it have to be a Business?

Yes.

5. Can more than one person share a license like you can with a C&R?

I have not heard of sharing with a C&R FFL, but a dealer can involve multiple people and/or a corporation, so in a way it can be shared.

6. Is it worth the trouble

Honestly, not really, but then again once you do it, you don't want to let them win, so you just keep doing it :-).