Category Archives: FFL Issues

May a gunsmith or manufacturer ship a firearm they have repaired directly to the owner?

A client recently asked this question.  He specifically wanted to know if the rules differ when the customer is in a different state than the manufacturer or gunsmith. Given the myriad laws and regulations which govern both the transfer and shipment … Continue reading

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Do you need an FFL to manufacture and sell AR-15 uppers?

I was recently asked whether an FFL is required to manufacture and sell AR-15 uppers. The answer is ‘no‘ but I want to caution readers that this would not necessarily be the case if the upper in question was for a … Continue reading

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Picking up a firearm from consignment

I received a call earlier today from one of my FFL clients asking about this topic. Specifically, they wanted me to verify whether or not the owner of a consignment firearm needs to complete a 4473 and NICS check in order to … Continue reading

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May an FFL rent handguns and provide ammunition to those under 21 for on-premises use?

I have written before about the differences between Virginia law and federal law where the age to acquire, possess, and carry handguns is concerned. In that article I note that FFL’s are prohibited under 18 USC § 922(b)(1) from ‘selling or delivering‘ … Continue reading

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The industry is moving quickly to minimize the impact of 41F

The only thing more powerful than a giant bureaucracy is the inventiveness of free enterprise. Therefore, it is no surprise that the firearms industry is already hard at work minimizing the impacts of 41F on the use of NFA trusts. … Continue reading

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Beware of fraudulent Form 4’s

A few months ago I received a call from a client who wanted to buy a machine gun from a fellow collector but he wanted to know what he could do to protect himself during the time between the submission … Continue reading

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Is a background check required when picking up NFA items from a dealer for a trust?

Over the last two days I have been asked this question multiple times.  It seems that there is a great deal of confusion over this issue among both NFA owners and dealers. However, I do not say this to disparage … Continue reading

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Trust names must be exact when completing ATF forms

A flustered client called me earlier today from the parking lot of his local gun dealer / range with a rather startling question. He wanted to know whether it was acceptable to change the name of his trust on a … Continue reading

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May I consign my NFA items to an FFL/SOT?

One of the more common questions I am asked is whether the owner of an NFA item may consign it to an FFL/SOT to facilitate a sale. The answer, like so many where the NFA is concerned, is both “Yes” and “no.” … Continue reading

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Can my trust get a curio & relic FFL?

Tonight I received a call from a friend who was wondering whether or not a trust could acquire an FFL 03 license. For those of you unfamiliar with the different types of federal firearms licenses (FFLs), a type 03 FFL … Continue reading

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