How to Get a Federal Firearms License in Tennessee

By Carson Barrett
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In order to comply with federal law created through the Brady Handgun Violence Protection Act, the state of Tennessee works in conjunction with the federal government to ensure that firearms are not purchased by criminals from legal gun dealers. The state requires that anyone who wants to manufacture or sell firearms first acquire a Federal Firearms License, and that anyone who wishes to purchase a firearm undergoes a background check performed by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Determine if you meet the requirements for obtaining a Federal Firearms License. These requirements are listed on the website of the National Rifle Association.

Contact the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and request that an application packet be mailed to you. You can contact them through their website, or by phone at 703-455-7801.

Get two completed FD-258 Fingerprint Identification Cards from your local police department. You will need two cards for each person listed on your application.

Enclose the Application for the FFL, the Certification of Compliance, the Fingerprint ID Cards, two 2"-by-2" photographs for each Responsible Person listed on the license, and the application fee, and mail them to:

Federal Firearms Licensing Center 244 Needy Road Martinsburg, WV 25405

Wait for a response while the Federal Firearms Licensing Center conducts a background check on everyone listed on your application and processes your fee.

Sit for a face-to-face interview with the ATF when they contact you. During the interview, the agent will review your application, as well as state and federal firearms laws.

Wait again while your application is reviewed by the supervisor of the agent who interviewed you. If you pass all the requirements, your license will be approved.

Establish an account with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation so that the TBI can conduct a background check as well as get your contact information. State law requires that the state also conduct a background check. To establish the account, complete the Tennessee Instant Check System (TICS) Account Information Form, and submit it along with a legible copy of your Federal Firearms License to the TBI at the following address:

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation ATTN: Instant Check Unit 901 R. S. Gass Blvd. Nashville, TN 37216-2639

Upon approval, you will receive a unique transaction number.

Place your unique transaction number in the correct spot on ATF Form 4473 and retain the form for at least 5 years.

About the Author

Carson Barrett began writing professionally in 2009. He has been published on various websites. Barrett is currently attending Bucks County Community College, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in sports management.