Why Don’t You Have a Type 3 FFL?
Good evening, fellow ‘Muricans. This bit of information is for you. Foreign riff-raff may click the back button now. That means you, Battlefields and anyone from New York or California.
Since some of you aren’t redneck gun groupies like myself, I’ll assume you may be wondering what exactly a Type 3 FFL is. Allow me to explain. It is a Federal Firearms License for collectors of curios and relics (C&R) firearms. Please do not confuse the Type 3 FFL with the often misunderstood Class 3 status as regulated by the National Firearms Act. The C&R license will not allow you to purchase a Maxim machine gun to mount on the roof of your 1988 Ford Ranger. Sorry.
What can you do with it, then? It will allow you to buy or sell curios and relics through interstate commerce. In a nutshell, if a gun is over 50 years old OR if it is listed on the BATFE’s list of curios and relics you can buy it online and have it shipped directly to your home.
The purpose of the C&R License is to facilitate your personal collection only. It is not a license to deal firearms. You can sell weapons you purchase just like you can sell any other personal property you own. But if the BATFE checks your records and decides you’re selling guns to make money instead of simply furthering or liquidating your collection they’re going to be balls deep in your butthole quick, fast and in a hurry.
One of the first questions people usually ask at this point is “Does that mean the ATF can come in my house to check my **** any time they want?” No, fucker. That’s not what it means. You do have to keep a record of the C&R items you purchase. They can check your records and verify you still have everything you’re supposed to have. But they have to offer you the option of doing it at their location. Or you can have them come to your home if you choose. Either way, C&R inspections are few and far between.
I know what you’re thinking now. Well if I can’t use this license to buy a 10mm Glock, what good is it and why should I want one? I can already buy old guns at the gun store. What are the real benefits?
• First of all, you should know that applying for the C&R license is as easy as pie. You fill out form ATF7CR, which is three pages of very basic ****. Who are you? Where do you live? Are you a criminal? One copy goes to the ATF with your credit card info so you can pay for the license. The other goes to your local Police Chief or Sheriff sans credit card info. More on that in a moment.
Then you fill out a simple one page document (Form 5330.20) that confirms you’re a real ‘Murican and not a dirty interloper. This goes to the ATF as well.
There is a requirement for you to notify your local CLEO of your intention to acquire the license. Their approval is not required. The purpose of this is to give the local police an opportunity to let the ATF know if you’re a crazy ************.
So, the entire application consists of two forms that go to the ATF and a copy of one of those forms that goes to your CLEO. That’s it. I did include a letter with the document I sent to my CLEO to make sure he understood my purpose and to let him know no action was required on his part.
The entire application process took me about 30 minutes.
• Money – the licensing fee is a measly $30 for three years. If you buy one gun on the license in three years it will pay for itself by eliminating the transfer fee you would otherwise pay when you picked up the gun from your local dealer. It will make it more convenient for you to go ahead and pull the trigger and take advantage of great deals when you happen to find them on Gunbroker or wherever.
The C&R FFL will also make you eligible for discounts from Brownells and Midway. If you buy gun parts, accessories, reloading gear or anything of the sort this will save you a bunch of money over the years.
• Guns, duh… - What would you rather get in the mail – A water bill or an SKS?
• Zombies – Having the license will make you want to grow your collection of milsurps and milsurps are kewl as feck and will be quite handy during the zombie apocalypse. For around $1,600 you can buy a crate of 20 Mosin Nagants straight from Mother Russia.
• Knowledge – When you have the license, you’ll naturally want to see what you can buy with it. This will lead to an ability to identify pretty much any gun on sight. If you’re a gun goober you probably know most of the new guns, so learning the old ones will put you that much closer to having Terminator level gun recognition when you walk into a gun store.
• Chicks – They dig Mausers. ‘Nuff said.
So, just to get you thinking – here are some of the guns you can purchase using your C&R FFL: Mausers, M1 Garands, M1 Carbines, SKS, old 1911s, Walther P38, CZ52, Tokarev pistols, Mosin Nagants, Arisakas, Steyr 95, most pre-64 Winchesters. The list goes on and on. These are just some of the cool ones off the top of my head. What the hell are you waiting for? Get out there and exercise your gun rights to the fullest.
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Link to the C&R list: