Learn How to Become a Firearms Manufacturer
It is not uncommon for a would-be firearm manufacturer to have questions about the licensing process, what paperwork they will need to fill out, and other questions that they would like answered prior to beginning the process of becoming a manufacturer. The process itself can be confusing for someone without any background in guns or firearms manufacturing to comprehend. There are two primary ways to get into manufacturing; by way of a college degree or through a licensing program. The licensing process is often referred to as the “complexity penalty” by gun owners who question why anyone would need to undergo the complex process of becoming a firearms manufacturer.
How to become a manufacturer of a firearm is pretty straight forward. Once a manufacturer wishes to pursue his/her dream, he/she must file an application with the state in which they reside and then wait for approval. After approval, the applicant will be required to attend a special training course. During this course, the manufacturer will be assessed on his knowledge of the firearm industry, firearms laws, and any other information that is pertinent to the application. Once all components are assessed, the application is then submitted to the National Rifle Association or NRA for review. If the application is approved, the manufacturer will be assigned a dealer, whom he/she will serve until he/she graduates from the training course and is allowed to shop on behalf of the company.
As with many things in life, how to become a manufacturer of a firearm is not all plain and cut. To begin, the prospective manufacturer must be licensed in the state in which he/she will be manufacturing the firearm. In addition to this, the individual must also be a member of the National Firearms Association. There are other requirements that must be met, but these are the basics.
Many manufacturers elect to utilize gun safety courses prior to being released from their employment. These courses are designed to educate future firearm manufacturers on proper storage techniques, gun maintenance, how to keep the weapon clean, and general safety procedures. Before a person can be released from his employment, he must pass a firearms test that may be administered by a local police authority. The firearms test must be passed within a specific time-frame. Failure to pass the test, or passing it after the expiration date, will result in immediate termination. Once the manufacturer passes the test, he/she can be considered an eligible candidate to apply for a license.
One must also be careful about the type of ammunition that he/she utilizes. The type of ammunition is important, as it will determine the type of discharge the gun will make. Other than a pistol, there are two types of ammunition that a manufacturer can utilize. Each cartridge is composed of a case that is referred to as a cartridge case, and a bullet. Both of these items must be separately accounted for during the manufacture.
There are a few other requirements that one must meet in order to become a licensed firearm manufacturer. In addition to the gun safety classes mentioned above, a person will have to undergo the National Firearms Association (NFA) interview. The NFA interview consists of three parts, which consist of a written exam, a written background check, and a final oral examination. If you fail any portion of the NFA exam, you will not be permitted to possess a firearm.