Resources for Curio and Relic FFL (C&R FFL 03) collectors,
including Military Surplus Firearms, Ammo, and Accessories!
What is an FFL?
A Federal Firearms License is a federal license required to deal in firearms. The different types of FFL are:
Type 01 - DEALER IN FIREARMS (GUN SHOP, for example)
Type 02 - PAWNBROKER
Type 03 - COLLECTOR OF CURIOS AND RELICS (C&R FFL)
Type 06 - MANUFACTURER OF AMMUNITION FOR FIREARMS
Type 07 - MANUFACTURER OF FIREARMS
Type 08 - IMPORTER OF FIREARMS / AMMUNITION
Type 09 - DEALER IN DESTRUCTIVE DEVICES
Type 10 - MANUFACTURER OF DESTRUCTIVE DEVICES
Type 11 - IMPORTER OF DESTRUCTIVE DEVICES
What is a Curio & Relic FFL?
A C&R FFL is a special type of FFL is available to collectors of curio or relic (C&R) firearms. C&R firearms are defined in Title 27, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 478.11 as those "which are of special interest to collectors by reason of some quality other than is associated with firearms intended for sporting use or as offensive or defensive weapons." An application for a C&R FFL is filed using ATF Form 7CR.
To be recognized by ATF as a C&R firearm, a firearm must fall into at least one of the following three categories:
1. Firearms which were manufactured more than 50 years prior to the current date, but not including replicas thereof;
2. Firearms which are certified by the curator of a municipal, State, or Federal museum which exhibits firearms to be curios or relics of museum interest; and
3. Any other firearms which derive a substantial part of their monetary value from the fact that they are novel, rare, bizarre, or because of their association with some historical figure, period, or event. Proof of qualification of a particular firearm under this category may be established by evidence of present value and evidence that like firearms are not available except as collector's items, or that the value of like firearms available in ordinary commercial channels is substantially less.
BATF maintains a current list of approved C&R firearms on its web site.
Licensed collectors (who have been issued a C&R FFL) may acquire C&R firearms in interstate commerce, e.g., via mail or phone order or the Internet, or in person. (This is especially important for collectors of pistols and revolvers since they may not otherwise be acquired outside a collector's state of residence.) However, the selling FFL dealer or collector must have a copy of the buyer's C&R FFL before the C&R firearm can be shipped to the licensed collector. Licensed collectors are not considered to be FFL dealers and have no special privileges concerning non-C&R firearms, nor may they "engage in the business" of regularly selling C&R firearms to persons who do not have an FFL. The purpose of the C&R license is to enable a collector to acquire C&R firearms for his/her personal collection and not to become a firearms dealer.
Curio & Relic Compliance Inspections:
"At the election of a licensed collector, the annual inspection of records and inventory permitted under this paragraph shall be performed at the office of the Attorney General designed for such inspections which is located in closest proximity to the premises where the inventory and records of such licensed collector are maintained." ATF 2005 Regulations page 18. (ATF Publication 5300.4) The licensed collector may also elect to have the inspection conducted at their home.
How can I get my Curio & Relic FFL (AKA FFL 03)?
You must submit an application to the BATF for approval. You can now download the application from the BATF web site. Simply fill out the application to mail to the BATF for approval. It may take several weeks for your application to arrive. After the application is filled out and submitted, it could take another 4-8 weeks for your license to arrive in the mail. (This is time that you could use to start saving up for your first purchases!)
Here is a great resource if you need help filling out the application or renewal.
How much does it cost?
The current cost (as of June 2012) for your FFL03 is $30 for 3 years. Depening on your local conditions, this license usually pays for itself the first time you use it!
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