Hours of Operation with an FFL License

FFL License Hours: Hours of Operation with an FFL License

You have to choose your hours of operation for your new gun business even before you get approved for it. This may seem odd, but there’s actually a method to the madness. In this article, learn all about FFL license hours.

On the ATF application for an FFL license, there is a section that asks the applicant to list the intended hours of operation. Deciding the best hours of operation is ultimately up to you as the FFL holder, but it may be a decision that you find tricky. How many hours is enough? Should you put down hours for every day of the week? Are there any hours you’re not allowed to be open? These are all important questions, all of which are answered in the FFL123 guide. We’ll help you navigate the waters to decide what is going to work best for you.

Full-Time or Part-Time Hours

Having an FFL and opening up a gun business doesn’t have to be a full-time gig if you don’t want it to be. Many of our customers had full-time jobs when they apply for their FFL. Heck, some of them still do and only use their FFL as a side hustle. That’s perfectly fine! In fact, when our founder Brandon Maddox applied for his first FFL, he, too, had a full-time job as a pharmacist.

Of course, this means that if your FFL is being operated out of your home, then your hours of operation are not going to be while you’re at work. We can help you figure out hours that will fit into your schedule to ensure that the ATF will be satisfied with what you’ve provided. We also tell you how to update those hours of operation should you decide that it’s proper to make changes in the future.

Do I Have to Have a Certain Number of Open Hours?

In short, no, you do not have to be open a specific minimum number of hours. You just have to be open for a reasonable period of time each week so that you’re maintaining a regular business.

Are There Times When I Cannot Be Open?

Federal law doesn’t place any restrictions on FFL operating hours, but there might be restrictions at the state and/or local levels, so be sure to check with those government entities, too.

Can I Choose My Hours of Operation?

Absolutely! It’s your business, after all! The hours of operation are up to you. Just make sure that they make sense for both you, your customers, and the ATF. After all, what kind of legitimate business is only open on Tuesdays from 11:30pm to 11:45pm, right? You won’t be selling any guns to normal, law-abiding customers in that 15-minute window and an ATF inspector sure won’t be showing up at that time either.

Why You Must List Hours of Operation

In all honesty, the ATF doesn’t really care how many hours you’re open for business or on what days you’re available to customers. The main reason they want these listed hours of operation on the application is to give the ATF a time frame in which they can perform an inspection. Because of this, we’ve found in our experience that the ATF has given us a little bit of pushback on the hours listed on the application. It’s important to remember that you shouldn’t let the ATF inspector dictate which hours you will be operating. If you’re not going to be at your FFL premises because you are at work, it’s pretty silly to have your hours listed as open, especially for an inspection. FFL123 will help you understand what is required of you by the ATF so that you feel confident the hours you have listed are acceptable to both you and the ATF.

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  1. Guest

    I am in a residential area and customers will not be coming to my home. I will pick up and deliver. How does that affect hours of operation–by apt only?

    1. Guest

      You cannot deliver a firearm. All sales must occur where you list your FFL business. So, if you list your house address as the business address, then buyers must come to your house or you would be in violation. Only exception would be a qualifying gun show.

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