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Answers to some common questions about applying for, renewing, or discontinuing a Federal Firearms License (FFL).
How long does it take to approve or disapprove an Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) application?
If, during a subsequent inspection, ATF discovers that a licensee has only sold firearms at gun shows, using the internet, or by mail order, will that fact alone be grounds for revocation or denial of an application for renewal?
The February 17, 2017 correspondence indicates a license can be issued for persons whose intent is to sell firearms primarily at gun shows, the internet, or by mail. To qualify for a license, must applicants also sell firearms from their premises?
Who is eligible for a firearms license?
May one license cover several locations?
Does an importer or manufacturer of firearms also need a dealer’s license?
If a person timely files an application for renewal of a license and the present license expires prior to receipt of the new license, may the person continue to conduct the business covered by the expired license?
Must a licensed importer’s, manufacturer’s, or dealer’s records be surrendered to ATF if the licensee discontinues business?
What records are licensees required to forward to ATF upon discontinuance of business?
Must a person obtain his or her own firearms license if he or she purchases an existing firearms business?