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How to get FFL in Pennsylvania (PA)?

Are you looking to get your FFL in Pennsylvania? If so, FFL123 is here to help. Our step by step guide guarantees that you’ll get your FFL or get 150% of your money back? So let’s take a look at some specific things you’ll need to have to make sure getting your Pennsylvania FFL is as easy and painless as possible.

Pennsylvania Law

While Federal law and regulations for FFL’s are uniform and applicable to all FFL holders, potential FFL’s also have to jump through regulatory hoops at state and even local levels as well. The ATF will not issue an FFL to a person or company until they have complied with state and local law for the type of business they are operating.

In most cases this simply involves zoning rules as well as laws about how your business is to operate. Some cities like Philadelphia have been reported to make compliance with zoning regulations extremely difficult for potential FFL holders.

Basic laws for Pennsylvania FFL holders can be found in Chapter 31 of the Pennsylvania Uniform Firearms Act. Chapter 31 covers the baseline standards FFL holders have to follow for storage, sale of guns during declared emergencies and more.

Applying for an FFL in Pennsylvania

To get an FFL in Pennsylvania you have to do the same basic things anyone has to do in any state. That means you have to meet a few simple requirements that all FFL holders have to meet.

  • Be over 21 years old.
  • Not be convicted of any felonies or disqualifying misdemeanors.
  • Not have any active criminal charges or arrest warrants.
  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  • Not be an unlawful user of a controlled substance (including marijuana.)

Applying for a Pennsylvania Gun Dealer License

Here is an example of a Pennsylvania state form to apply for a Pennsylvania State Firearm Dealer License can be found here. In order to be approved for a Pennsylvania Gun Dealer License, you have to meet several qualifications and provide personal information including:

  • Name and identification information for all owners of the business.
  • If you are operating as an individually owned business or corporation.
  • Not have been convicted of any of the crimes listed on the application.
  • Not be Federally prohibited from owning a firearm.
  • Not have been dishonorably discharged from the US Armed Forces.
  • Have a valid Federal FFL (that’s important!)

Basically, if you are a law abiding citizen, don’t do drugs and are over 21 you should be able to get your Pennsylvania Gun Dealer License. But that’s just on the state end. What about on the Federal? After all, you can’t sell guns in Pennsylvania without also being licensed by the ATF.

We talked about the bare minimum requirements already, but there is more to getting an FFL than simply being a US citizen over 21 who can own a gun and doesn’t do drugs.

Federal Requirements for a Pennsylvania FFL

It is true that the ATF has a uniform set of requirements to get an FFL. They are the same no matter if you are in Alaska or Pennsylvania. But here is the tricky part. The ATF will not issue an FFL unless local requirements or regulations are also complied with.

That can be tricky, because while most states have preemption laws about firearms ownership, they do not have a single statewide regulations governing zoning and business licensing. Local jurisdictions can and sometimes do use their zoning and business licensing powers to harass and even deny FFL holders the chance to setup shop and do business.

In Pennsylvania, Philadelphia is infamous among would be FFL holders for getting zoning approved. Without a specific variance, it is all but impossible to get approval in Philadelphia to have an FFL business. Not only does that destroy the chance for small, part time home based FFL holders to operate in Philadelphia, but it makes it extremely difficult for larger brick and mortar storefronts to open and operate. Your ATF examiner won’t be issuing you an FFL for Philadelphia until you show that you’ve acquired the needed variance to open your location.

In fact, zoning is the biggest problem any Pennsylvania FFL holder faces, regardless of where they live. While most places don’t make it hard to have a brick and mortar FFL, some jurisdictions may make it difficult to operate a small home based business of any sort.

Home based FFL’s are often attacked by anti-gun groups, and are shrouded in all sorts of mythology and confusion. Some local authorities may think they are not Federally legal (which is not true!) or may try to impose requirements they aren’t allowed to under the law.

FFL123 can help you understand these odd zoning and local licensing issues. Our team of experts is well versed in the problems small FFL holders face, and specialize in helping you navigate the sometimes difficult process of getting FFL zoning approved.

Ready to Get Your Pennsylvania FFL?

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For almost 2 decades, FFL123 has been America’s leading FFL guide, and our industry insider experts are here to guide you through every step of the process, from filling out the application, to assisting in jumping through any regulatory hoops you might encounter along the way.

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