And, for further pain; a lot of the gun show table dealers whoÂ would get FFLs canâ€™t since the purge of the â€˜table dealers from the FFL rolls in the 90â€²s; because of the â€œfixed place of businessâ€ requirement.
Itâ€™s a catch-22, the gun-show dealersÂ canâ€™t get FFLs without a place of business, but they donâ€™t have (and in most cases wouldnâ€™t want) a fixed place of business. Government â€œregulationâ€ forces otherwise legitimate dealers â€œundergroundâ€.
That’s a good point. I would actually hold a type 01 FFL (dealer) rather than a type 03 FFL (C&R) if they were easier to get, because I don’t like having to deal with markups from middle men. We’ve have, to some degree deliberately, kept the entire firearms business in the 1950s as far as technology and business models are concerned. The reason is that both sides are scared to death to modernize things, but for different reasons.