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Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Cumberland County 5A
Re: FFL License Question
Judging by what I read on numerous firearms forums, C&Rs are very popular among those that collect old military arms.
Beyond that, their posts reveal lots of grumbles and some glee, about dealing with many of the importers, like Century and SARCO.
Two friends of mine had FFLs for years. Neither had a "storefront" and mostly dealt in buying/selling firearms as a hobby and as a means of making a bit of money on the side.
Forget the exact year now, but it was during the last year or so of the Clinton administration, when BATF began a subtle campaign of eliminating many of these "small fry" that held FFLs.
One buddy got tired of them pestering him and gave up his FFL within a few months of the initial BATF contact. The other one is a tad crankier and kept his, despite periodic harrassment, finally giving his up last year.
My understanding now, is that unless you plan on having an actual location to deal in firearms on a regular basis, it's a royal pain to get an FFL and keep it? At least that is the advice I see many long time FFL holders giving to guys that ask.
We had an ol' boy near here who had a gunshop since the late 1950s. When he was in his 80s, a new BATF agent made his life miserable for several years, before he finally gave up and quit. Once she made him go to a hearing in Wilkes Barre twice, before he got any satisfaction from her constant pestering.
He never was too good about record keeping and got worse as he got older. I recall one hearing was because he didn't have his "personal collection" book and and those firearms on the premises for repairs or resale, properly logged-in.
She wrote him up once for having three or four rifles in the shop, that were neither tagged, nor logged-in yet, on one visit.
Some folks' learnin' curves just look like circles...3A Camp/also hunt 4B