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What FFL is Required to Build Custom Guns...

Discussion in 'Legal' started by CmdrSlander, Apr 19, 2013.

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  1. CmdrSlander

    CmdrSlander Member

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    I'm getting very interested in building custom M1911s for people, as a side job/hobby and a way to pay for a few pistol smithing courses I plan to take sometime in the future. I'd be using fitted frames and slides from a third party (most likely Caspian) so I won't actually be making guns in the legal sense, but I get the feeling I'd need some kind of FFL to do this as a business.

    Enlighten me.
     
  2. Comrade Mike

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    What ever the standard dealer FFL is would probably have you covered. I think it's the 01
     
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    I'm no lawyer, but if I were considering doing what you're doing, I'd consult one and have it on paper just to be sure, or at the very least contact the ATF and ask them what they would think would be applicable.
     
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    But have a look here and take special note of examples 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 in the answer to the last question.

    The OP wrote:
    I see a strong possibility that what he's planning to do would require a manufacturer license. It looks like taking a customer's gun and modifying it or repairing it is one thing; but making a gun from components for sale, whether to order or for speculation, might well be another.
     
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    Excellent point. If you modify the customer's gun, you're a gunsmith. If you buy guns (or frames) and modify them you're a manufacturer. In addition to the manufacturer's license, you'll need to pay excise tax.

    Time to talk to a real lawyer / ATF.
     
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    ^This is the right answer^
    This is your next move.
     
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