Types Of Federal Firearms Licenses – What Are They?

There are typically nine types of Federal Firearms Licenses that you would consider. These include types 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11. Depending on what types of firearms you want to sell, you will have to choose correct “Type” of FFL you will need at the beginning of the application process. A quick run-down of the different types, listed by number, are below:

Type 1– The first type is a Title 1 FFL holder and a dealer or gunsmith that sells anything other than destructive devices. A Title 1 FFL holder can deal in Title II NFA firearms with a class 3 SOT stamp.

Type 2– The second type is a dealer doing business as a pawnbroker. Of all the different types of Federal Firearms Licenses, this is the type you’ll need if you own a pawnshop and want to deal firearms legally.

Type 3– The third type is a licensed collector of Curio and Relic (C&R) firearms. This is the license that you’ll need if you want to buy and sell collector firearms, especially if you’re doing interstate transfers.

Type 6– This type is what you’ll need to become a licensed manufacturer of ammunition & reloading components. Not included in this type is armor piercing ammunition, however. That is regulated elsewhere.

Type 7– This type is a manufacturer of firearms who can also be a dealer. It includes firearms other than destructive devices, and ammunition and components other than armor piercing. Like the first type, you can manufacture and sell Title II NFA firearms with a class 3 SOT stamp.

Type 8– This type is necessary if you want to become an importer of Title 1 firearms as well as ammunition. Under this type of FFL, you can also import Title II NFA firearms so long as there is a class 1 stamp.

Type 9– This type of licensee can be a dealer in Title 1 firearms to include NFA-classified destructive devices. This license requires payment as a Special Occupational Tax (SOT) Class 1 and a registration with the Department of State as an ITAR/D-TRADE broker. In order deal in destructive devices with any explosives content, you would require an additional license as a Dealer of High Explosives.

Type 10– A type-ten FFL holder is a manufacturer of Title 1 firearms, ammunition and components, NFA Destructive Devices, and armor piercing ammo. This type requires an SOT Class 2 and registration with the Department of State as an ITAR/D-TRADE broker. In order deal in destructive devices with any explosives content, you would require an additional license as a Dealer of High Explosives.

Type 11– A type eleven FFL holder is an importer of Title 1 firearms, ammo, NFA-restricted destructive devices, ammo for destructive devices, and armor piercing ammo. This also requires registration with the Department of State as an ITAR/D-TRADE broker. In order deal in destructive devices with any explosives content, you would require an additional license as a Dealer of High Explosives.

There are also 3 different classes of federal firearms licenses and I encourage you to read more of my articles regarding these different classes. The most common combination is a Type1 with a Class 3 (SOT).

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