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I'm interviewing with an ATF agent at my house tomorrow for my FFL. Do any of you have any experience with this process? Whether you have been turned down or not, I'd like to hear from you. So far it has been really easy, but the agent hasn't always answered my questions regarding what he is looking for, or if he is even looking for anything. Just said he wants to make sure I'm not planning on selling guns from a picnic bench in front of a daycare. I live in a ag zoned area and he also said he needs to make sure a firearm business conforms with zoning regs. He has also been vague on the security related questions.
The guy seems cool and I don't expect a bunch of jackbooted thugs to come kick my door down and root through the house at 1:00 pm tomorrow, but I'll let you know how it goes.
But please, if you have any information on what to expect, please post here soon. The excitement is killing me.
Oh and its for a manufacturing license, not gunsmithing, or dealer/pawnbroker, or NFA stuff.

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I was blessed to have the agent I had. She was very polite and straight forward.

Anyway, security is a big they look at. Not so much surveilance but how you intend to secure the guns on the property. Gun safes are a good idea. The zoning regs could be a problem. Now days they really like to see brick and mortar stores rather than home shops.

When I got mine the ATF didn't go into the zoning stuff. I think this is to get the little guy out of the gun business.

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Thanks for responding,
I have a gun cabinet (stack on, cheap, but holds 30 guns, I knew I'd just have to buy a bigger one someday anyway.), hidden behind an access panel. You'd have to tear out the wall to remove it. Plus if I had to, I could lock the panel. Is that enough? Or do they need a full blown safe? Is the meeting as much to inform me of the laws, or is it test me on anything?
I did specifically ask the agent about the need for store frontage(brick and mortar), and he very directly said "no, it is fine to sell out of your home, that's what most of the internet guys do."
Maybe I'm worrying too much about it. Everythiing I've read had told me this wasn't supposed to be easy, but so far it has been. I can't be as simple as submitting an application that isn't much harder than a normal firearm purchase app, plus fingerprints and some money, or can it?

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So the inspection was totally painless. My guy was really straightforward with explaining the regulations to me and answering my questions It took about 2 hours. He did want to see some semblance of security and was impressed with the hidden safe and wondered how in the world we got it in there.
He said I now have 4-6 more weeks of waiting to hear from Atlanta to get the actual license, but he said it looked like I was good to go.
WOOOHOOO! neener!
I think I'm about to be a gun dealer and firearms manufacturer at the ripe old age of 28!
Gonna be a happy Valentines Day in my household! (or sometime in February)

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Congrats dude! Big smile