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FFL, FFL Transfers, and FFL Locator that is now available on ReCreator's website

Even if you’re new to the concept of purchasing or selling a firearm, you might have heard this abbreviation before. So what is FFL and why is it important? Well, FFL stands for Federal Firearms License. Established to implement the Federal Firearms Act of 1938, there are several types of FFLs, ranging from Type 1 to Type 11. Generally, all firearm manufacturers and dealers who ship or receive guns and ammunition require an FFL to conduct business, and it forbids them from transferring these items to a customer unless certain conditions are met.

Okay, so why is FFL important to the average gun buyer? This is where background checks come in. FFL dealers have to abide by a strict set of rules and regulations, including validating the customer’s identity. Before you are able to complete your purchase of a firearm, federal law requires that you have a photo ID and to fill out ATF Form 4473, otherwise known as the Firearms Transaction Record. The FFL holder needs to have a log of these forms to show to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives if necessary. After filling out the form, the FFL will then run a personal background check on you through the federal system, called the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The NICS provides the dealer with status on your application: approve, deny, or delay. The process can be very quick, but this is not always guaranteed.

There can be any number of reasons why an application can be delayed, and it does not always mean that you have been denied for gun ownership. It simply means that the NICS, which is operated by the FBI, needs more information before either approving or denying your application. For example, if your name or information is similar to someone who is prohibited from owning a firearm, then your application may be delayed. On top of such circumstances your order might be delayed because your manufacturer or retailer have not receive adequate FFL documentation to start the process in the first place. And, that's where FFL Locator comes into play.

From now on is equipped with database that will allow users to locate their FFLs that we have on file. What does FFL Locator mean? The idea is that there are plenty of FFLs we already have done business with and gathered all the necessary documentation to start transfers without consumer's extra effort. However, without smart technology like FFL Locator, consumers would not know exactly which businesses we implied above.

To access the database just add your items in the checkout box, proceed with checkout, enter your information, and add the zip code. Then you will be provided with the closest "Certified Centers" or "FFL transfers". If you prefer visual examples, follow this video on YouTube and you will be provided step-by-step instructions of how to start and purchase the order, including identifying FFLs near your Zip code.

What if you are not able to find desired FFL on the database? You can simply email We will update the list and you will be able to find your FFL within a few clicks next time you place an order.


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