ATF Interview Questions

Discussion in 'NFA/Class 3 & FFL Discussion' started by Unk, Feb 18, 2010.

  1. Unk

    Unk New Member Supporter

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    Hello All,

    I just joined the group and became a supporting member. I did a little intro of myself in the intro area. This is my second post so bear with me if I stumble I apologize. I got all requirements for the FFL, Tax ID Fed tax ID etc.

    I am having an alarm installed tomorrow and have gun safes for personal and those I would transfer or sell. I don't think security would be an issue.

    What types of questions has anyone had from the ATF? Im a little nervous about technical questions.

    Will the person interviewing me be my ATF Field agent?
    I thought applying for the FFL was going to be a bunch of confusion, but actually it all was rather simple.

    Thanks,
    Unk


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  2. NGIB

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    Are you getting your FFL because you intend to sell guns? The way your post reads it sounds like you're getting an FFL to buy guns and maybe sell a few. The ATF expects FFL holders to actually operate a business so you'll have to have your ducks in a row...
     

  3. Unk

    Unk New Member Supporter

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    My intention is to sell part-time for now. I have the operating hours listed and I would also do transfers. My guess then would be the questions are around my business intentions? When you say ducks in a row what do you mean? I have my DBA and I checked with the county for zoning. I also have my FIN as well as my state tax ID. I let the sheriff know my intention to sell and my DBA has selling guns as the business. I guess my post was short due to the fact that I was more curious about questions during the ATF interview. Is the above having my ducks in a row or am I supposed to have a business plan as well? I have a good idea on what I want to accomplish and perhaps should make one for my own good. I took a quickbooks course too.

    Thanks for your question and please let me know if I am on the right track. My ideal situation would be to get so much business I had to quit my I.T. job and get a seperate building and go full time.

    UNK
     
  4. kygunguy

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    My interview was not so much about them asking me questions as it is them going over the procedures and some of the forms. How to keep your A&D book. If you have a corp or llc, make sure you have your articles of incorporation for them to look at. Mine took maybe 1 1/2 hours or so. Before she left, she had part of my FFL # so I could get stamps made, about three weeks later the Lic showed up.

    I had heard that after receiving the FFL the ATF would send out a box with a lot of various forms/brochures, it's been about a month or so and nothing yet.
     
  5. Unk

    Unk New Member Supporter

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    Thanks for your reply, I would be a sole proprietor. So would it be safe it to say it was more of an educational visit? That is they were educating you on the process of keeping records and filling out forms? Thanks for your reply as well. I am impressed at how many people have welcomed me as well as reply to my post. This seems like one friendly community. I really have wanted to do this for some time now and even part-time is still better for me then not trying at all. My ideal dream would be to have a medium size shop, some chairs and regular visitors stopping in to buy and chat and trade.

    Unk
     
  6. kygunguy

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    Yes it is more of them educating you and I guess checking that the address that you put down is legitimate. I have heard in some cases they actually check the zoning laws.

    But for the most part it all was quite fast and pain free.

    Let us know how it goes for you.
     
  7. Unk

    Unk New Member Supporter

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    I did check my zoning laws and was told there are other FFLs in the county that sell from their homes. I look forward to keeping FTF up to date and hopefully share the news I got my FFL. I think having a Large Safe, actually 2, an Alarm system and all my paperwork done will be in my favor. My wife is a retied State Trooper and that might be a positive as well. However, the state of Illinois is looking at more gun cotrol laws coming out of cook county, probably with the Supreme Court ready to hear a case these Cook county Dems are trying like crazy to get what they can done. Personally I just dont get the whole fear thing of legal gun ownership.

    Thank you again for your information and good luck to you and your business with your new FFL. ALso, congrats on getting it. Best to you and yours.
    Unk
     
  8. docpadds

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    BTW its an inspector that you interview with not an Agent, they wont be armed and are closer to accountants then any sort of enforcement agent. Our inspector has also remained our goto person for questions, can call her anytime and ask even the most out there questions.
     
  9. Unk

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    I checked my visa account and the ATF was paid Feb 8, 2010. Just wondering now that the transaction has been completed do you know if it is 60 days from that time it was completed? I have my home alarm system in place and boy is it sweet. A wireless system with sensors and motion detectors. I feel even safer now. Is there a way to check on my status or do I just wait for the phone call?
     
  10. docpadds

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    We did ours in 60 days end to end. Its just a matter of available resources at the local office, the file is now headed to an inspector etc, will in time reach the top of their stack and they will start the process getting the last part done.

    Money taken is a good sign, means its moving along.
     
  11. ref441

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    Getting an FFL

    I just joined the site...

    I have had an FFL for 30 years...out of my home. I replied to a man awhile back about getting an FFL and will repeat here what I told him:

    Most importantly, you have to state "a desire to be in the business". Buying guns for yourself or friends is not a valid reason for a license. Renewals each 3 years require a certain volume of guns in your bound book. If you only expect 4-5 entries in 3 years, it is a waste of time; as the license will not be renewed.

    Find the nearest ATF office....under Dept. of the Treasury. Ask for an application packet for an FFL.
    If you are not near a large city, let me know and I will find you an address or phone number.

    You must be "open to the public"; you cannot have a license just for gun shows or "by appointment only". You must set hours...of doing business and during which an inspection can be conducted. Saying "from 9AM-10AM on Sunday" might not work. I have had two audits in 30 years, and I was called a few days in advance...no surprises. Both were very thorough and very professional.

    You cannot be denied because you are not a storefront business.

    You will have to sumbit fingerprint cards. You will have to affirm that operating your business will not violate any city ordinances. You will have to provide a sketch of where guns are kept in your business. You will have to describe the security system used for your business. You will have to notify the local CLEO that you are applying for an FFL...no approval is needed, just notification. I have to do it every 3 years for renewal.

    Cost is $200 for the first 3 years, then renewals are $90 for 3 years.

    I would suggest that you be willing to keep good books. Some guys are lazy and don't log their transactions for months. I stay up to date; it can be very hard months later to remember a gun or a person.

    Be willing to be honest. If you take a gun in trade, log it into your books as required. Don't sell it "under the table" so a friend can avoid "paper" on the gun.

    Keep state sales tax in mind. Some guys ignore it; but the required federal log book could be summoned into court, and it could cost quite a bit of tax and penalty and interest if you've been in business 8-10 years and have ignored sales tax. I like to sleep well at night.

    This may all sound oppressive; but it is really not. When a guy tells me, "It's not worth the hassle", it is a good indication he should not have the license...as he won't keep books and won't follow the letter of the law/regs.

    I'd guess it would take 2-4 months from submission to getting the license. They operate like all bureaucrats and drag their feet. On most renewals, they are so slow that they have to provide a letter telling your wholesalers that the license renewal is pending.

    Having a CHL/CCW makes no difference. I've had several Class 3 weapons, and the background checks done for those cannot be used for this...gotta do it again.

    I'd be glad to answer any further questions or things I have overlooked. I don't "know it all", but have been at it long enough to have learned a lot along the way.
     
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  12. kygunguy

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    Lots of useful information you posted. Too bad we must jump through all these hoops though. Do you have an online store or mainly do transfers?
     
  13. ref441

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    Over the past 18 months during the buying craze, I'd say 75% of my activity has been handling transfers for those people buying on-line and 25% normal purchases that I order for people from distributors/wholesalers. I buy for myself once in awhile and occasionally sell an item locally or on Auction Arms, Gunbroker, or GlockTalk. GT has been excellent with huge volume and no fee assessed to buy or sell. I used to sell at gun shows; but the only one in my area folded 3-4 years ago for lack of exhibitors and lack of customers.

    It is interesting to note that the buying frenzy was caused by the new administration; yet the first time gun control was mentioned, 65 Dems in the House told Eric Holder to "forget it". I'm sure the anti-gun crowd is livid after waiting eight years for George Bush to leave, now they get nothing. Considering their past history of lies and half-truths, I find it rather humorous. Obama and Holder sure sold a bunch of guns and ammo.
     
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  14. SHAMUSPI

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    Self deleted. Sorry, I failed to read everything above.
     
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  15. docpadds

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    Nope. that is an Internet myth, you do NOT need a storefront of any type. You just need to demonstrate that you are going to be in business with all the right permits and zoning.
     
  16. jeepcreep927

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    Probably ref441 or some of the other FFL holders could chime in, but I don't believe field agents conduct the scheduled inspections and audits. If there is some reason to believe some type of crime is being committed they would be involved certainly, but compliance checks belong to another group of BATF employees.
     
  17. Troy Michalik

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    That is correct. Inspections are conducted by ATF inspectors. Think of it this way: Agents are responsible for the citizen infractions and inspectors are responsible for dealer infractions.
    For example: if a dealer has a firearm missing out of their inventory, an inspector will look at it as a firearm transfer without the appropriate paperwork and hold the FFL responsible. However an agent will treat it as a firearm stolen from an FFL, and hold the citizen responsible.
     
  18. windknotnc

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    FFL Interview

    I am in the same time frame with you Mike. ATF charged my account on Feb 2, 2010 and today I heard from the field office. I have my interview next Tuesday morning. The investigator mentioned she had called my city for a zoning letter. Fortunately I had already secured a zoning certificate and business license and the planner was familiar with my request. She said we would be going over the laws and regulations. I will post what I learn after the meeting.
     
  19. ref441

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    I am on the road for two weeks and computer access is clumsy, at best. I see nothing above with which I would disagree.

    I have had two inspections in 30 years, both by the same woman who was hired in 1968 when the GCA was passed. I have not had an inspection in 15 years, but try to stay prepared at all times. Both my inspections were cordial and professional.
     
  20. TheOldMan

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    Unk Welcome to the forum.. A little late coming from me but guess better late than never eh?:D

    Anywho, Following your thread pretty close since I intend to do the same thing the closer I get to retirement (a couple more years).. I'll be very interested to see how you do and how it works for you. From what I have read so far, you're doing everything right.


    ref441... Suppose having an 03 C&R for the past 10 years will not soften the BATF up for me will it? (pretty sure I know the answer to that one)...
     
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