Originally Posted by onelonegunman
I believe that the man is working under the FFL of the gun ship owner. That's how it appears to me. I know that he has a dealer account with Brownell's, but then again, so do I! Anybody with a tax number can get one and once a dealer always a dealer. I still get dealer pricing on all Brownell's merchandise. But because I do not have a FFL (and can not afford one) there are certain items that I can not buy direct, so I have to ask a local gun shop to receive them for me under their FFL. Bottom line is that any one with a tax number and the use of someone else's FFL could open up a store as a "gunsmith" and what I don't know about guns would fill a library!
Yes, a gunsmith could work on a gunstores FFL, as all the employees of that store do as well. And yes, most companies never take you off their FFL discount program as they never check to see if you still currently have one, so once on always on only applies to those that don't require you to update them periodically. Even doing gunsmithing under someone elses FFL, you are still required by the ATF to update all the needed paper work per firearm worked on and stored at the FFL holders location. When having a FFL, you are assigned to a specific field office and sometimes a specific ATF agent, so all those conducting gunsmithing, can check with the FFL holders assigned agent with any questions you might have regarding anything at all pertaining to you conducting your business.
I do believe that the Dealers FFL is only $200 every 3 years, so it isn't very much. The C&R is only $30, but you can't conduct business as a gunsmith on that. But thats at the federal level only. Some states or local governments might have further requirements.
Pertaining to knowledge. My instructors in PLDC in the Army told me that it was not my duty to know everything nor expected of me, but they were going to train me on how to find the answer to that of which I did not know. How many firearms or laws are out there? Too many to count. But with a little time and effort, you can always get the knowledge you need. Google is a powerful tool.
Contacting the BBB probably would get you nowhere. A good starting point on getting the problem fixed would be to contact the FFL dealer that he is using and see if they can do anything to pump some pride in his work. Gunsmiths are a little different than a normal service departments as most of the time we cater to a small client based community and most of our work comes from word of mouth vs an advertisement. There are lot of shotty gunsmiths out there that get some sort of cert online or through the mail. I have two certifications through these means, but I also have classroom time through actual schools that offer gunsmithing courses. My first suggestion would be to see some sort of credantials prior to giving him my work or at the least some pictures of work he has performed. A friend of mine who calls himself a gun hobbiest, told me once "there are gunsmiths and parts swappers". A smith will research the project and more times than none give you the item back in better condition than you gave it to him, while a swapper gives you the item back with a new part while the problem may or may not still exist.