Federal Regulations for Firearms Dealers Lawyers
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Does Federal Law Regulate Who Can Sell Firearms?
Yes. Under the federal Brady Law, only persons who meet certain requirements are allowed to be licensed as firearms dealers. Firearms dealers include persons who are:
- Engaged in the business of selling firearms at wholesale or retail
- Engaged in the business of repairing firearms or firearm parts
What Are the Requirements for Obtaining a Dealer's License?
In order to be licensed as a firearms dealer, a person must apply to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF). BATF will approve an application for any person who:
- Is at least 21 years old
- Disclosed all material information on the application
- Did not falsified any information on the application
- Has a place to operate the firearms business
- Certifies that the business location complies with all applicable zoning laws
- Certifies that the person will comply with all applicable laws for conducting the business within 30 days of being licensed
- Informs the local chief of law enforcement that he intends to conduct business as a federally licensed firearms dealer at the stated location
What Are the Conditions of Being a Federally Licensed Dealer?
Federally licensed firearms dealers must follow numerous conditions in operating their business. Some of these conditions include the following:
- Keeping records of sales
- Running background checks of prospective firearm purchasers
- Following state and local firearms laws
Dealers are also required to refuse to sell firearms to the following persons:
- Persons whom the dealer has reason to believe is under 18 years old, or under 21 years old for handguns
- Persons who fail the background check
- Persons who do not live in the state where the dealer is located
- Persons who do not purchase the firearm in person
Do I Need an Attorney?
Violations of federal firearms laws are serious and can include criminal penalties. Talk to a criminal law attorney about your firearms dealer problem to make sure you comply with all applicable laws or get representation if you are charged with a federal violation.
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Last Modified: 03-07-2011 04:24 PM PST
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