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How to get FFL in Delaware (DE)?

Do you want to know how to get your Delaware FFL? Are you overwhelmed by the heavy handed Federal regulations and confusing laws and rules about being an FFL in Delaware? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone!

Delaware requires a special license for FFL’s called a Deadly Weapons Dealer License. We’ll talk more about that in a moment, but it is something that you must get before you can get your Delaware FFL.

If you want to get a Delaware FFL to deal in NFA items, it is a tough state to sell NFA items. Only Any Other Weapons and Short Barrel Rifles are legal in Delaware. However, those two classifications cover a lot of popular NFA weapons, so you may be able to carve out a profitable niche with your Delaware FFL.

Ready to get your Delaware FFL? Great! Let’s look at the simple steps you need to get it.

Federal Requirements

The ATF has pretty basic requirements to  get an FFL. So basic in fact, we’ll only glance at them, because the real problem lies with Delaware licenses and rules.

To get an FFL, the ATF requires that you basically be a law abiding US citizen or permanent resident over 21 years of age who can legally own a firearm. Pretty simple stuff really. The paperwork is annoying, and you have to demonstrate you are planning to operate a business, but that’s not too hard.

What is hard for would-be Delaware FFL holders is that the ATF also requires that you have all appropriate state and local licenses before you can be in business. And that is where the “fun” starts…

State Requirements

Delaware has a largely redundant sort of license FFL’s have to get. This Deadly Weapons Dealer License is largely a formality, but required if you are selling guns or self defense tools. It asks you to provide various identifying information about yourself and your employees. It also requires that you submit to an annual background check of you and your employees.

The Delaware Deadly Weapons Dealer License has to be applied for after you get your FFL, so there will be some delay between when you get your Delaware FFL and when you can open for business, since the state requires you submit a copy of your FFL with your application.

There are a few other things you have to do in order to get your Delaware FFL…

  1. First you need to get a state business license. This is a pretty cut and dried process and even largely automatic as long as you pay the licensing fees. Now is a good time to decide if you are setting up as a corporation or not. We suggest doing business as an LLC or other corporation to limit personal liability.
  2. Get your local business licenses. Cities and counties may also require a business license. Again, this should be pretty cut and dried.
  3. Make sure you are properly zoned for the kind of business you plan on doing. In most places, a home based FFL should be possible. 07 FFL’s that engage in more than the lightest of manufacturing probably won’t be possible in residential areas.
  4. You have to have a valid FFL, as well as valid state and local business licenses.

Local Requirements

Delaware has a lot of small towns and rural areas with less restrictive zoning regulations than developed population centers. That means if you want to get a home based FFL in Delaware, it should be pretty easy.

As you can see, you cannot get your Delaware FFL until you are licensed to do business at the location you choose. Both the ATF and the State of Delaware require that you be properly licensed locally before you can do business.

It is impossible to describe all the possible local problems getting a business license in Delaware for your FFL. Typically your biggest issue will be zoning. If you are in town that’s usually pretty cut and dried. If you are trying to set up a home based FFL, you need to make sure that you can get a zoning variance for the kind of business you are trying to operate.

To get your Delaware FFL, you’ll likely mostly have to satisfy the ATF that you’ve done your homework. Local business licenses shouldn’t be a problem, but there is always the chance that local offices could try and hold you up.

The FFL123 Advantage 

Truth be told you can probably get your Delaware FFL with minimal effort. But there is more to running a business than just having paperwork in order. That’s where FFL123 comes in!

FFL123 has assembled a staff that is dedicated to helping our customers cut through the red tape of getting an FFL and operating your business. You see there is more to running an FFL than just opening up shop. You need inventory, industry knowledge, business best practices for FFL’s and much more. That’s what we are here to give you when you buy our online FFL guide.

When you purchase an FFL123 guide, you aren’t just buying a comprehensive step-by-step guide to applying for an FFL. You are also getting decades of combined industry and legal experience that is there when you need it the most.

Every FFL123 customer is entitled to direct, one on one customer support for their specific problems in getting an FFL. We specialize in helping people understand and navigate complex local zoning issues, as this is where most problems with getting your Delaware FFL will occur.

In other words, when you do business with FFL123, we back you up until you get your FFL. In fact, we go beyond that, and keep backing you up for as long as you in business! Our customers get ongoing support for everything to finding suppliers, to keeping abreast with the latest changes in gun laws and regulations.

Start Today!

With just a couple easy clicks, you can start your journey to your Delaware FFL today. Rest easy knowing that you aren’t cast adrift with confusing Federal and state paperwork or left alone to figure out how to fill out and file seemingly conflicting forms. FFL123 is here for you along your entire journey from choosing the FFL that’s right for you, to your first day of business and everything in between.

Are you ready to get your Delaware FFL? Click here and choose the guide that is right for you. Not sure which one you need? No problem! Just ask and we’ll help you with that too. What are you waiting for? The sooner you start, the sooner you can enjoy all the benefits of an FFL!


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