FFL License - Frequently Asked Questions

arrow Q: What are the benefits of getting an FFL License?

A : Create a side income from home to make extra money in this tough economy. Also, Save 30% on your guns & ammo! Eliminate those FFL transfer fees and hassles. Enjoy the freedom to buy and sell guns as you please. Plus, having an FFL License may protect you from future gun laws that may restrict the rights of unlicensed persons.

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Brandon Maddox,
CEO FFL123
arrow Q: How much does an FFL cost?

A : The application fee is based on the type of license that you apply for. (There are eight types of FFL licenses.) The fees range from $30 to $200 and covers the first 3 years. Yes, the ATF will take a credit card on the application. The FFL renewal cost is $90 every 3 years afterward (which is only $30 per year). It's a wise and cheap investment.

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Brandon Maddox,
CEO FFL123
arrow Q: Can you tell me more about the contents of your guides?

A : The contents of my guides are so insightful and unique; the US Federal Patent and Copyright's office issued me a Federal Copyright, The guides were written by me, based on my many years of experience as a home based FFL dealer and Class 3 dealer. I have been through the process many times and work in this FFL environment daily. I have FFL locations in two different states.

My guides have been reviewed professionally by current FFL holders, copy editors, lawyers, CPA's, and even former ATF employees have been hired as consultants to help bring additional insights and value to the contents of these guides.

Most importantly, I take feedback from customers daily on what they experience during the process locally and update my guides accordingly. You will not find a better resource of getting an FFL approved and setting it up correctly.

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Brandon Maddox,
CEO FFL123
arrow Q: How is your FLL License kit different?

A : FFL123.com's product offerings have been reviewed & endorsed by a major firearms magazine editor and publisher, Gun Digest The Magazine, this fact alone places FFL123.com as the Gold Standard in obtaining an FFL.

Here at FFL123.com we are focused on getting you approved; other kits are focused only on completing the paperwork. Based on my extensive research, being a home based FFL License holder for many years (I have 5 FFL's), and helping thousands of customers get their FFL License approved at home,

I have a simple 5 STEP Process to get you approved. Other kits focus only on the "application", which is only one step of 5 Critical Steps. You need a kit that covers all 5 Steps if you want to be successful.

Brandon
Brandon Maddox,
CEO FFL123
arrow Q: Why did you get Better Business Bureau (BBB) Accredited?

A : It is very important to know who you are buying from online these days. I researched the competition thoroughly and discovered several kits have poor ratings with the BBB. I shop cautiously online and I know others do as well. My goal is to give customers a 100% confidence in me, my business practices, and the high quality products I provide.

FFL123.com has always maintained an A+ rating with the BBB. We are part of the BBB Honor Roll as well for providing outstanding customer service!

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Brandon Maddox,
CEO FFL123
arrow Q: Will the ATF require a business "storefront" to get my FFL? Can I use my home address or apartment to apply for my FFL and Class 3?

A : No, a storefront is NOT required if you follow the processes in my kit. In fact, I started all my FFL Licenses & Class 3 FFL's at my home address. Yes, renting from an apartment is fine, too!

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Brandon Maddox,
CEO FFL123
arrow Q: How many FFL Licenses are currently active in each state?
A :
  • 2,339 FFL's in Alabama,
  • 993 FFL's in Alaska,
  • 2,996 FFL's in Arizona,
  • 1,996 FFL's in Arkansas,
  • 8,205 FFL's in California,
  • 2,745 FFL's in Colorado,
  • 1,764 FFL's in Connecticut,
  • 345 FFL's in Delaware,
  • 7,288 FFL's in Florida,
  • 3,745 FFL's in Georgia,
  • 300 FFL's in Hawaii,
  • 1,346 FFL's in Idaho,
  • 4,899 FFL's in Illinois,
  • 2,933 FFL's in Indiana,
  • 2,088 FFL's in Iowa,
  • 1,904 FFL's in Kansas,
  • 2,442 FFL's in Kentucky,
  • 2,127 FFL's in Louisiana,
  • 944 FFL's in Maine,
  • 2,989 FFL's in Maryland,
  • 3,777 FFL's in Massachusetts,
  • 4,294 FFL's in Michigan,
  • 2,701 FFL's in Minnesota,
  • 1,482 FFL's in Mississippi,
  • 6,001 FFL's in Missouri,
  • 1,501 FFL's in Montana,
  • 1,117 FFL's in Nebraska,
  • 1,336 FFL's in Nevada,
  • 1,125 FFL's in New Hampshire,
  • 535 FFL's in New Jersey,
  • 1,131 FFLs in New Mexico,
  • 4,084 FFL's in New York,
  • 4,592 FFL's in North Carolina,
  • 629 FFL's in North Dakota,
  • 4,930 FFL's in Ohio,
  • 2,399 FFL's in Oklahoma,
  • 2,575 FFL's in Oregon,
  • 6,136 FFL's in Pennsylvania,
  • 571 FFL's in Rhode Island,
  • 2,144 FFL's in South Carolina,
  • 767 FFL's in South Dakota,
  • 3,437 FFL's in Tennessee,
  • 10,094 FFL's in Texas,
  • 1,182 FFL's in Utah,
  • 551 FFL's in Vermont,
  • 4,339 FFL's in Virginia,
  • 2,812 FFL's in Washington,
  • 1,446 FFL's in West Virginia,
  • 3,056 FFL's in Wisconsin,
  • & 833 FFL's in Wyoming
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Brandon Maddox,
CEO FFL123
arrow Q: If I apply from my home address, are any modifications required to my home by ATF?

A : My guide will cover this in great detail, and I will explain how you are not required to modify your home. Even cover FFL location changes if you decide to move.

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Brandon Maddox,
CEO FFL123
arrow Q: Does your kit also cover the FFL Licensing process if I plan to open a store front now or in the future?

A : Yes, the guides contain all of that information.

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Brandon Maddox,
CEO FFL123
arrow Q: Will ATF require a gun safe?

A : No, a safe is not required by ATF and I explain in my guide how to keep from purchasing a safe.

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Brandon Maddox,
CEO FFL123
arrow Q: Will I be able to buy guns, ammo, and other sporting goods supplies at "dealer" cost after I get my FFL?

A : Yes! Wholesalers will sell all the above items (tax-free!) after you have an FFL License. I will serve as a reference through my other firearms businesses to help you set up relationships and tell you which ones have best prices, payment terms, and selection.

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Brandon Maddox,
CEO FFL123
Q: What is the best approach to make extra money with my home based FFL License when just starting out?

A : Internet! Post an auction on GunBroker.com. Once the item sells and you get paid, then order item directly from wholesaler. Item normally arrives in 1 to 2 days, then ship item to customer's FFL dealer in their home state.

Wholesaler won't require their money until 30 to 120 days. Easy money with very little paperwork. Gun shows can be profitable as well. This is just one example; there are more in my kit.

Brandon
Brandon Maddox,
CEO FFL123
arrow Q: Will I be required to buy in large quantities or stock guns in inventory to get good pricing?

A : No. In fact, I only order once the customer has paid me (yes, cash in hand) before I order their gun. I cover how in my kit.

Brandon
Brandon Maddox,
CEO FFL123
arrow Q: Firearms wholesalers and manufacturers require a store front to order directly from them, I just plan to use my home. Will your guide help me get around this issue?

A : Yes, my kits will help you overcome this tough obstacle. I currently have wholesaler relationships with 30 plus firearms wholesalers/manufacturers from my home. Each wholesaler and manufacturer requires an industry reference to apply for an account; I can serve as a reference through my firearms business, Dakota Silencer.

Brandon
Brandon Maddox,
CEO FFL123
arrow Q: How many different types of FFL Licenses are there and does your kit cover them all? Does your kit cover the home & storefront application process?

A : There are eight types of FFLs. They are Type 01, 02, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, and 11. My guide covers ALL those listed. The Class 02 and Class 03 FFL License are covered in my combo package. In my guides, you will learn exactly what type of FFL to apply for based on your needs. I will recommend the opposite of what Type you might expect, I learned the hard way and you can learn from my mistakes.

Brandon
Brandon Maddox,
CEO FFL123
arrow Q: Does your kit include the ATF pre-work that you must do before submitting the application? I understand ATF is sending denial letters to applicants that do not complete the pre-work correctly?

A : Yes, my kit covers the pre-work in great detail. This area has become a key focus for ATF to ensure the pre-work is completed correctly prior to applying.

Brandon
Brandon Maddox,
CEO FFL123
arrow Q: What are common mistakes made by people who apply for an FFL License on their own without the help of your kit?

A : Key point to consider; if ATF denies your FFL application the first time, you have to explain why you were rejected in great detail if you apply again. A failed attempt will basically be used against you later, so doing it correctly the first time is critically important. My guides walk you through the entire ATF process BEFORE you apply, significantly reducing a chance your application will be denied. My guides will help you identify local or state issues specific to your local area and help you approach the application process correctly. If you don't do it correctly… your application will be doomed for failure, doomed to more red-tape, or doomed to unneeded delays. I have read a lot of information about obtaining an FFL on the Internet and almost all of it is outdated and completely wrong.

I quickly decided when I started this process… when I need an electrician, plumber, or a mechanic, I hire one. I used the same logic when deciding to apply for my FFL from home. I heard all the stories and obstacles and decided to seek help to improve my chances of approval. Honestly, this kit was created mainly because the help I obtained was not accurate, not enough insight or expertise, not personal, not updated, and even sent me in the wrong direction; which required me to start over. The plan with my FFL kit was to create a better, more thorough, inclusive kit and stick behind it with a 150% money back guarantee to give the buyer solid confidence in my processes. My customers give me feedback constantly and I update and enhance my kits each day over several years now.

I have never had a customer say this was not a very wise investment after getting their FFL. I take great pride in this fact and will work hard to please each customer to exceed their expectations.

Brandon
Brandon Maddox,
CEO FFL123
arrow Q: I have a state concealed carry permit, will that speed up the FFL License approval process?

A : No, a concealed carry permit is a state issued permit. This is a Federal License. It makes no difference if you already have your State concealed carry permit and will not speed up the approval process.

Brandon
Brandon Maddox,
CEO FFL123
arrow Q: What is the hardest part about getting a FFL?

A : Getting it done before the government makes drastic changes to the process. I make it easy and I even guarantee your results! Let's partner together and get it done! You have been thinking about doing this for years... pull the trigger and act now!

Brandon
Brandon Maddox,
CEO FFL123
arrow Q: Will the ATF really want to meet with me after reviewing my application?

A : Yes. This meeting is just as important as the FFL application itself. It is truly a meeting face-to-face at your address for the FFL License. The ATF needs to ensure that you understand the federal laws governing firearms sales. This can be a difficult meeting. After learning from my kit, you will know what to expect and will be well prepared. I help you get approved by telling you exactly what to expect at this meeting and how to answer their questions or concerns. This is a major benefit of purchasing my guide. I consider this Step 4 in my approval process, preparing for ATF meeting. My kit often cuts this meeting time in 1/2, saving you and ATF time.

Brandon
Brandon Maddox,
CEO FFL123
arrow Q: I have read on other websites that I need to be a certified gunsmith to have a home based FFL License?

A : Not true, my kit covers everything needed to get your Home FFL approved.

Brandon
Brandon Maddox,
CEO FFL123
arrow Q: How long will the entire process take?

A : According to Federal law, the ATF must contact you within 60 days of ATF processing your payment. They will set up the ATF interview at that point. More details related to entire approval process are outlined in the guide.

Brandon
Brandon Maddox,
CEO FFL123
arrow Q: What is the advantage of having a Class 3 FFL license?

A : You can buy, make, sell, and transfer all NFA items like machine guns, silencers, explosives, and other destructive devices. Most popular reason is to buy or make machine gun dealer samples, much cheaper than buying a $10,000 machine gun, make one! You can buy NFA items without having to pay the $200 tax stamp for each item. You can save thousands of dollars that other people have to pay. As a firearms dealer, you will make a lot more selling silencers than just firearms alone.

Brandon
Brandon Maddox,
CEO FFL123
arrow Q: How often are your guides updated?

A : Daily, with my very active customer base and many former customers who have an FFL, I am always adding new updates, feedback, and suggestions to make the guides even better. All guides have been professionally reviewed by lawyers, accountants, several copy editors, and current FFL license holders to ensure highest quality.

Brandon
Brandon Maddox,
CEO FFL123
arrow Q: How do I know the FFL 123 guide is the best?

A : Approval Guaranteed With the FFL123 Guide 150% Money Back Guaranteed! Yes, you read that right. As long as you follow the copyrighted process in our guide and do everything the way we tell you to do it, you will get Your Home Based FFL. Our customers have had success in all 50 states, which is why we never lose sleep over our guarantee. But if by some chance you're the first one who doesn't, we'll do more than just give you all your money back -we'll give you all your money back AND give you another 50% more than you gave us. No one else anywhere in the world will give you that kind of guarantee... we know because we've checked!

Brandon
Brandon Maddox,
CEO FFL123
arrow Q: Brandon, what made you get an FFL?

A : My father-in-law has had an FFL License for over 40 years based within his pharmacy. I witnessed first-hand how easy and cheap it is to order guns directly from wholesalers and manufacturers. I quickly learned that having my own FFL was the way to go! I really enjoy varmint hunting and wanted easy access to cheaper ammo, nice varmint rifles, and high-end rifle scopes . My father-in-law said it would be impossible to get an FFL from my home…

Guess what? I did it, and I can show you how to do it too!

Brandon
Brandon Maddox,
CEO FFL123
arrow Q: Why did you decide to focus your part-time FFL and then Class 3 on mostly silencers?

A : The local gun shop charges 15% over MSRP and make a killing. They have a modern day monopoly. Margins are much higher selling silencers and this part-time/Internet business model worked really well when I first started. I now sell silencers full time wholesale and retail via the Internet. I can get a silencer shipped the same week to me. Without the license, you will have a 6 to 9 month wait.

Brandon
Brandon Maddox,
CEO FFL123
arrow Q: What are other home-based FFL application insights?

A : Most of my customers state that the process went from 20 to 30 hours of work down to only 1 to 2 hours, simply by following my 5 step-by-step instructions and insights. Again, you can feel confident that you'll do it correctly the FIRST time. You will know what to expect and how to respond accordingly.

I have helped many thousands of gun owners in all 50 states. I promise you, there is no need to call me and ask about your specific location or "unique" situation... I have seen and heard every possibility and my guide has succeeded, no matter the challenge.

I have a learned skill and acquired expertise, and I look forward to working with you. My solution is results guaranteed, and you will spend less time on your end.

Brandon
Brandon Maddox,
CEO FFL123
arrow Q: Why do you do this? A quick GOOGLE search shows you are a registered pharmacist & own one of the largest Class 3 FFL Dealerships in the country with locations in several states, why would you do FFL123 in your spare time?

A : The People should be in control, not the Government. I enjoy helping others and it brings me great satisfaction helping a gun owner gain access to an entirely new world and freedom. I barely break even with all the expenses of this business and the time spent answering so many emails. But it creates a great deal of self-satisfaction. I have also been able to justify all the expenses of this website (to my wife ) because I am building a network of FFL dealers to sell my private label silencers. I am passionate about helping others navigate through the government's maze of bureaucracy. A maze which the government hopes will scare you away, but which I simplify and make easy. My mission: every gun owner has an FFL License and can buy and sell guns as they please!

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