FFL – ATF Secure Location
Once you’ve become licensed to sell guns, you also become responsible to handle firearms safely and follow any laws set in regards to firearms safety. One such law is the Child Safety Lock Act of 2005 (CSLA). It was introduced as an amendment to the Gun Control Act and became effective on April 24, 2006. The law simply states that it is unlawful for “any licensed importer, manufacturer, or dealer to sell, deliver, or transfer any handgun to any person, other than another licensee, unless the transferee (buyer) is provided with a secure gun storage or safety device for that handgun.” The purpose of the law is to prevent unauthorized persons, including children, from gaining access to handguns. To be effective, the device needs to prevent the handgun from being able to be fired until the device has been disabled.
There are a few exceptions to the law, which include transfers to law enforcement agencies or officers, the United States or any of its agencies, if the firearm is considered a curio or relic, or if a secure storage device cannot be provided at the time of transfer. If the last one is the case, a secure storage device must be supplied in 10 days’ time. The cause for an inability to provide a safety device must be caused by something out of the control of the dealer, such as theft, backorder, or casualty loss.
Practically every brand new handgun comes with a lock included in its case, so the CSLA is covered if you transfer a new gun. If you need to transfer a handgun which does not have a lock with it, many wholesalers sell safety devices in bulk for a fairly low price. Having a few on hand is never a bad decision. When providing a safety device, you need to make sure it is an acceptable device. Things like zip ties and string, although capable of being figured in a way which will prevent the handgun from being fired, are not considered acceptable in the eyes of the ATF.
The ATF’s goal is to put laws in place which keep firearms safe. However, locks can never replace a good gun safety lesson. Be sure you understand firearms safety practices and never be shy about sharing that information with others!