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Old 04-05-2013, 03:16 AM   #1
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Default What is required to become a professional gunsmith?

I dug but I couldn't find the answers I was looking for.

besides the equipment, knowledge and an FFL, what is required to legally work on peoples firearms.

I live in Colorado and have looked at the DORA site. I see no specific license for gunsmithing.

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Old 04-05-2013, 03:48 AM   #2
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Business license, location w/ no zoning conflict. Would also STRONGLY suggest liability insurance, and insurance to cover the goods of others "in your care and custody". Incorporation is also wise.

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c3shooter is on the money. I don't need a business license where my shop is and the county didn't require any special permits. The state wanted me to register as a business but that was all. So check with your city, county and state for licensing and permit requirements if you want to open your own shop. Insurance will run between $1100 and $1300 a year depending on what insurance you buy.

The ATF wants their money for your FFL, finger print cards and affirmation of secure storage. With your FFL they'll provide all the necessary signage and forms you'll need except a bound book. You'll need an A&D book unless you get permission to keep your records electronically. Since the ATF was absorbed by the Dept. of Justice you'll likely have an inspection before actually getting your license, but you may not. My last inspection I was told they've been tasked with more frequent inspections. Your local LEO will also need a copy of the paperwork when applying or renewing your FFL. In my case it's my county Sheriff.

If you rent a home or building space, the owner will need to provide permission to run a gun business, even gunsmithing. I work from home and when I've rented the ATF has called the landlord to make sure it's OK with them. If you do it from home check the zoning and any HOA rules about signage and parking. I list myself as a home occupation with no business hours. All my work is by appointment only or it comes to me on the big brown truck.

Everything you need to get your FFL is at ATF.gov - don't spend the money for one of those kits in Gun Digest. Brownells has an excellent gunsmith kit with an A&D book and repair tags and such to get you started.

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In Colorado? I'd add moving to the above post. Lol

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I'm staying put... for now.
I know it will be a long process to get to where I want to be but as of now I'm going to start soaking up everything I can and probably start off as an armorer at the local gun store.

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I'm staying put... for now.
I know it will be a long process to get to where I want to be but as of now I'm going to start soaking up everything I can and probably start off as an armorer at the local gun store.
That's a good start. It is not an easy time to be a smith right now. I wish you luck. It is a great trade.
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As with any business starting out, you should have a large pile of cash that you want reduced to a small pile.

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BTW, if you are in Colorado, you need to be talking to these folks-

http://www.schooloftrades.edu/

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Not only them but:
http://www.trinidadstate.edu/gunsmithing.html

They have an incredible summer program for hands-on studies. I hope to get a few of those in this summer.

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