Getting A Federal Firearms License (FFL) | Common Errors And Misconceptions

ATF F 7 | Three Common Problem Areas

Although the ATF F 7 (ATF 5310.12) is essentially not a complex federal form, However, FFL applicants consistently fail to provide important information accurately; generally because the applicant may not understand certain elements of the FFL licensing process. Inaccuracies in the FFL application frequently lead to confusion, delays, and a waste of money.


Below is a brief list and very brief discussion of some of the most problematic areas of the ATF F 7 (Application for a Federal Firearms License). Some of these may seem basic, but I can tell you after many years of experience, these problems occur every day.


Item 1 – Name of Owner or Corporation:

Seems pretty straight forward right? It’s not; many people struggle with this item. What if you already own a corporation which conducts other business? Should you use this corporation, or incorporate another one just for a firearms business? Should you use your personal name, or use a DBA, or both? What about corporations with multiple officers?  What are the advantages of conducting business as a sole proprietor rather than an artificial person?

There a number of scenarios applicable that would cause the information in this block to vary. Sometimes it’s a matter of personal preference when the applicant wants the licensee name to read a certain way.

Item 11:  Type Of License Required

Another item that may seem easy to understand; basically asking what will you be doing with your license, or will you need an additional license? It’s very common for an applicant to choose to obtain licenses they will not need; again usually the result of misinformation. It’s important to determine precisely what business you intend to engage in, and secure only the license you require.  This saves everyone work, time, and especially money.

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Item 13 – FFL Hours Of Operation

This is easy right? When are you open for business? However, many applicants believe ATF requires certain hours or days that the business must be open in order to qualify. This is not the case. The business must have “hours of operation”, there are practical issues related to this requirement, but there is no specific requirement for certain hours or days to be entered on this form. The stress surrounding this question for some may be the term “Must be completed” in italics right in the item block.

 


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