Get Your FFL

Get Your FFL

Step-by-step guide to getting your own Federal Firearms License | taught by Ryan Cleckner
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Oscar Dominguez

This course is a must have!

I read the sample chapters on this course before purchasing it and I immediately saw that it contained the information that I needed. It clarifies and exemplifies stages of the whole process in a clear and consistent and reader friendly manner. ...

Christopher Huegel

The best FFL "How To" resource available

Rocket FFL's step by step approach to understanding and applying for your FFL is by far the best internet resource available. I wish I had discovered RocketFFL.com prior to completing my application. I had gone as far as to sit down with my loca...

ken short

get your FFL

This was an awesome online tutorial, took a lot of the mystery out the process. I highly recommend this course if you're planning to apply for an FFL.

Oscar Dominguez

I read the sample chapters on this course before purchasing it and I immediately saw that it contained the information that I needed. It clarifies and exemplifies stages of the whole process in a clear and consistent and reader friendly manner. ...

Christopher Huegel

Rocket FFL's step by step approach to understanding and applying for your FFL is by far the best internet resource available. I wish I had discovered RocketFFL.com prior to completing my application. I had gone as far as to sit down with my loca...

ken short

This was an awesome online tutorial, took a lot of the mystery out the process. I highly recommend this course if you're planning to apply for an FFL.

Guide Description

This guide walks you through every step to get your own FFL. Unlike other guides, however, it doesn't just tell you the steps to fill out an application. Instead, this RocketFFL guide also educates you about the many requirements of getting an FFL and it helps you make some important decisions along the way. In other words, it helps you to get your license the RIGHT way!

This guide has five chapters, each with their own lessons. For a full break-down of the contents of this guide, see the Curriculum below. The five chapters are:

  1. Introduction,
  2. Individual Requirements,
  3. Business/Entity Requirements,
  4. Application,
  5. Basic Firearm Compliance,
  6. Initial ATF Inspection, and
  7. Receipt of FFL

Each lesson in these chapters is broken down into an easy-to-digest way. Many of the lessons have videos at the top of the page that can help explain/supplement the information you'll be reading. Let's face it, some of us learn better by seeing and hearing someone explain something to us instead of reading it.

If you'd like to sample some of the lessons, I've made them free for you to review - just click on the free trial button above! You can check out lesson 1.3 Background for an example of important, but dry, information distilled into just what you need to know. You can review lesson 1.4 FFL Types if you're still wondering whether an FFL is right for you. And, you can preview lesson 2.2 Prohibited Persons to learn what types of people can not have an FFL. If you fit into one of the categories discussed in that lesson, you won't be able to get an FFL.

Add the Become an SOT (class 3) Guide

You should seriously consider becoming an SOT along with getting your own FFL. Having an FFL is the first step, but you're likely to want to become a Special Occupational Taxpayer (SOT) later so that you can deal with NFA firearms (silencers, full-auto machine guns, short-barreled-rifles/shotguns, and more). If you bundle this guide along with the Becoming an SOT guide now, you only spend $9.95 more than this guide alone and you save $30! Get both guides together HERE.

Here's a note: notice that the guide is titled "Becoming an SOT" and not "Getting Your SOT." This is because an SOT is the type of taxpayer you become, it is not a thing that you "have" like an FFL. When others talk about "getting an SOT" or they "have their SOT," it's a sure sign that they don't really understand what is going on. Also, "Class 3" is one of the types of SOT you can become (dealers). Another type is "Class 2" (manufacturers). There's no such thing as a "Class 3 firearm!" Instead, that NFA firearm was made by a Class 2 SOT and is sold by a Class 3 SOT. These are just a couple of the many indicators that you're getting accurate professional information from RocketFFL.

Follow-up With Training

This guide provides you with a LOT of firearm compliance information - all of it created by an actual firearms attorney! In addition to the education you'll receive in this guide on the many requirements to getting your FFL (Individual Requirements in Chapter 2 and Business/Entity Requirements in Chapter 3), you'll also receive basic firearms compliance training in Chapter 5, Basic Firearms Compliance. This chapter has five lessons:

  1. Introduction to Firearm Compliance,
  2. ATF Compliance,
  3. U.S. Dept. of State/Dept. of Commerce Compliance,
  4. Record Keeping Requirements, and
  5. State-level Compliance

Even with all of this training, it's still not enough to truly master firearms compliance. RocketFFL offers follow-on firearms compliance training courses that dive deeper into each area of FFL compliance. For example, this guide discusses the need to maintain an accurate Acquisition & Disposition (A&D) record and introduces the core requirements in the lesson on Record Keeping Requirements. However, the follow-on course on ATF Compliance teaches you many of the nuances of keeping an accurate A&D record that takes an entire Chapter to discuss.

This is not an attempt to make you pay for the whole story. You're already getting more and better information than you can get anywhere else! Instead, it allows you to get your FFL and get started off on the right foot. Once you're ready to take, or have an employee take, a course in professional-level compliance training, we're here for you!

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Ryan Cleckner
Ryan Cleckner
Attorney

About the Instructor

A True Gun-Guy

Ryan Cleckner served as a special operations sniper team leader with the U.S. Army's elite 1st Ranger Bn. (1/75) on multiple combat deployments. Ryan is a graduate of the premier Special Operations Target Interdiction Course (SOTIC), among other military training courses, and has taught snipers and police sharpshooters from around the world. He is the best-selling author of the Long Range Shooting Handbook, he writes firearm related articles for RECOIL Magazine and TheTruthAboutGuns.com, he hosts the Going Ballistic podcast, he has a number of instructional YouTube videos on long range shooting, and he can do this:


A Firearms Industry Expert

Ryan is a firearms attorney and a firearm industry executive. He managed federal government relations for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, he was a Vice President of Remington Outdoor Company (Remington Arms and Ammunition, AAC, DPMS, Bushmaster, Dakota, Marlin, and more) overseeing all firearm compliance matters, and he was a voting board member of the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturer's Institute (SAAMI). In addition to running RocketFFL, he is also an attorney with the country's premier firearm compliance program, FFLGuard.

A Passion for Teaching

Ryan loves to teach. He taught for years as a sniper instructor and as adjunct faculty teaching outdoors-realted courses at a local college. In addition to his firearms compliance courses and FFL guides available through RocketFFL, he continues to teach firearm-courses, write books and articles, host the Going Ballistic Podcast, and create videos. He also teaches Constitutional Law at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, AL.