How to Find a Local FFL

ffl-license-600x787When it comes to buying and selling collector or modern firearms, there are some obvious rules that various governing bodies have put into place. One resource can be a major benefit in helping to negotiate those laws if you’re new to collecting firearms or interstate purchases – anyone with a Federal Firearms License, or FFL. These individuals have gone through extensive training to learn the ins and outs of the requirements set by the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms when it comes to buying, selling and shipping antique or modern firearms. But how can you find an FFL?

If you’re an avid collector you likely already have a preferred FFL dealer that’s your go-to, but if you’re new to your area or are simply new to the collector scene there are a few helpful resources that can guide you to an FFL holder in your city. has a helpful database that can help you find an FFL. Over time, this website has cataloged an extensive listing of all the registered FFL holders throughout the United States. has also gathered a listing of dealers licensed for international firearms trade should you be buying or selling overseas. The governments of various foreign countries often have laws in place that vary widely from those here in the U.S., and these international firearms experts can be invaluable sources of information.

If you’re more of the face-to-face meeting type of person, you can always pitstop at your local gunsmith or outdoor goods store. If there are not any FFLs on staff at either of those locations they’ll likely know exactly which direction to point you.

For more information about FFLs and the procedures needed to become licensed yourself, visit the ATF’s website here.



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