H.D asked in SportsOutdoor RecreationHunting · 7 years ago

Building an AR 15 and selling it at a profit ?

If I built an ar 15s from scratch in my spare time and sold them to friends and on gun broker, do you think I could make a profit. Also if I new someone who wanted an ar for something , I could build one to their needs. I would also enjoy doing it.

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  • 7 years ago
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    It would be likely be illegal. Any endeavor to make a profit from selling or customizing a gun would be considered a business by the ATF (and the IRS). You cannot engage in a business as a "dealer" or a "gunsmith" without at least a Type 1 Federal Firearm license.

    If you purchased the lower receiver and had it transferred to you, and then sold the assembled gun (with the lower receiver) to your friends, then you would be considered a dealer. If they purchased the lower receiver and had it legally transferred to them and lent it to you for the assembly, then you would be considered a gunsmith.

    Sorry @welcome to america, you are incorrect. Your #2 won't work as that would be considered being a "gunsmith" as the link below mentions also requires an FFL. Sorry to @vangion as well for the same reason.

  • Chris
    Lv 5
    7 years ago

    What is with the TD's for WC? He is right. Buying any firearm with the intention of reselling it for profit is illegal unless you have your FFL. Buying a lower and building it is not away around that law, it just adds new laws you can been seen as breaking. Buying 80% lowers and making them into an AR can add even more legal issues. The ATF is pretty clear on that.

    Sure, there are people that do it all the time and sell privately and at gunshows, but if the ATF hears of it then you are screwed.

  • gory
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

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  • 7 years ago

    WC and Chris are correct.

    Using a customer supplied lower is not a way around the legalities. If you build a gun you had better have a manufacturer FFL no matter who pays for the reciever

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  • Zack
    Lv 5
    7 years ago

    Generally people don't pay much for home built ARs. If you offer that service you thought of and do a good job, you might make a bit.

  • Only 2 ways to do it legally that I know of.

    1. Obtain your FFL and provide the receiver

    2. Build up the rifle on a customer supplied receiver.

  • WC
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    You do this often without obtaining an FFL, the BATF would come down on you hard. It is a fed. felony.

  • 3 years ago

    I do not believe that to be right

  • 7 years ago

    No. And it would be illegal.

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