Gun Cleaning/Building type

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing Forum' started by Dean, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. Dean

    Dean New Member

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    Hello i have a question about doing a gun cleaning service. I'll tell you i got in mine. I'm thinking about taking a gunsmith coarse just to get alittle more knowledge about guns. My intentions is to buy a small shed and do nothing but clean guns in it for ppl that may dont have time or dont want to bother with them after a long day at he range. My question is would i need a special type of building Wood, metal or what and would i have to be inspectedby the feds.

    Thanks for input and time

    Dean
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Dean, you could do that anywhere you want- however, you have a couple of hoops to jump thru.

    First, assuming you are doing this to get paid for it, you have a business. You will need a business license, and be in a place where zoning permits you to run a business.

    Second, you will need an 01 Federal firearms License (dealer/gunsmith) to do this IF the gun is left at your premises- just as a gun smith needs a license.
    Part of that will be having secure storage for firearms.

    I would also STRONGLY suggest you have insurance to cover your liability if it is alleged that you did something wrong that hurt a gun or hurt a person- and have insurance that will cover the "property of others in your care and custody". If I leave you a $2000 shotgun or rifle, I expect it back- and if someone breaks in and steal all the guns, I assure you, your homeowner's insurance is NOT going to cover that.
     
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  3. Dean

    Dean New Member

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    Thanks c3shooter that's some really good info and i thank you. Your right about there being a few hoops to go thru and to think about. Sounds like it's going to take alot money to make a little side money here and there. lol

    Thanks again
     
  4. triggerman770

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    gunsmith/cleaning

    "Second, you will need an 01 Federal firearms License (dealer/gunsmith) to do this IF the gun is left at your premises- just as a gun smith needs a license.
    Part of that will be having secure storage for firearms."
    that is not so.
    the ATF holds that if you do any work on guns for pay you are required to have an FFL. If you return the gun the same day you do not have to log it in your A&D book.
     
  5. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Triggerman- you are correct- that was what I meant when I said "left at premises"- should have added word "overnight".

    Key point- some folks believe that they do not need a FFL because they are just mounting/ zeroing a scope, cleaning, refinishing stocks, etc. And it only takes one guy that does not get back to the shop for you to have an overnighter.
     
  6. Dean

    Dean New Member

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    Thanks so much guys im learning from your post. Glad i came here a lot of good information.

    Thanks for your time.