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Old 09-06-2012, 01:43 AM   #11
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Ok thanks a lot the the info guys. My plan was to get a locked steel cabinet to keep any guns left with me cuz I'm doin gunsmithing too. Safe right now would be too expensive. But definitely will get once business picks up.

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They don't care as long as they are "secured", technically a trigger lock on each would meet that requirement. Also if you think you are going to drop ship guns, forget about it. One distributor will do that for home based FFLs but it's not cost effective and you will not be able to compete. If you are selling online be prepared to have it stocked or shipped to you and then shipped to your customer's FFL.
Listen closely to this advice. When I had my FFL, wholesalers would encourage you to advertise guns you didn't have in stock because "they always have them in.". However, the instant you order one to fill an order, they are out or on backorder. It also makes you look foolish when someone calls with a question and you don't have the firearm to examine.

If you need inventory, talk to gun stores, people at ranges and others to see if you can sell on consignment for them. Not much profit, but it is free inventory and draws customers in!
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I had a home based FFL for over 15 years. I never had an inpection other than day one, all they wanted to see was a safe. In 96 I renewed my FFL. My renewal was denied because I didn't have a store front. No one came to inspect nor was I given warning. If they had given me 90 days to comply I could have found a store front. I went to my banker to see what options I had for financing. He said since my renewal was denied no bank in town would touch me.

I would find a warehouse or something you can call a store front so you don't get put out of business in the blink of an eye.

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I have an existing business operating as an "S" corporation. We operate out of our warehouse in a commercial zone. The building has a security system and a safe. this should satisfy my "storefront" requirements to get an FFL, right?

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this should satisfy my "storefront" requirements to get an FFL, right?
Unless you have a local law saying otherwise, there is no "storefront" requirement to get a FFL.
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I have an existing business operating as an "S" corporation. We operate out of our warehouse in a commercial zone. The building has a security system and a safe. this should satisfy my "storefront" requirements to get an FFL, right?
I was reading an article about the assault weapons ban. Lots of home FFL's got shut down during that time. Apparently if you were to successful your home FFL was shut down. I could re-apply now and get an FFL. Right now things are so unstable in the firearms business I have no desire to start over. The days of getting cases of SKS's so cheap you could sell them for $50 each and make a decent profit are gone.
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