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So, Are You A Gunsmith or A Manufacturer?

By John Bocker and John Clark, NSSF Security Consultant Team Members

Definitions and Regulations

If you have an FFL license Type 01 or 02 and are wondering about where you draw the line between performing “gunsmithing” versus “manufacturing”, we have answers for you.

Before we begin to explain though, keep in mind that there are many additional requirements for firearms manufacturers (FFL Type 07), such as marking standards, reporting requirements, and payment of Federal Firearms excise taxes. If you fit the manufacturing criteria below, you should certainly apply for and obtain the appropriate type of license for the business you are performing. There are no shortcuts or “dabbling” when it comes to manufacturing a firearm.

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