What is a C&R License?

An Overview of a C&R License

C&R stands for Curio and Relic. A C&R license is distributed to collectors of historic firearms. This license will allow them to buy various firearms from a vender that has firearms shipped to their business or home directly. This is as opposed to having to go through a FFL or a Federal Firearm license. The ATF is a law enforcement agency that maintains a master list. This list contains any firearm that is classified as "Curios and Relics." The vendors will typically advertise the firearms that are C&R eligible for this type of classification.
The Federal Firearms License differs from a C&R License because the holder is not allowed to engage in any type of business with the use of this license. The C&R license has a specific purpose. The license is only to facilitate a personal collection of the historic firearms as opposed to profiting financially from it. If an individual is profiting financially from the license, it would indicate that a violation of the law is occuring or that the law and license is being abused in one way or another. The C&R license has a specific purpose that must be adhered to.
It ought to be known, sometimes it is legal to sell C&R firearms if you have a C&R license. This is referring to those individuals who had previously purchased a firearm for their own collection. It would be legal to make a slight profit from a sale. Any collector has the right to remove and add items from their collection at their discretion. It ought to be noted that very detailed records must be kept of any type of transaction. This is legal only if the selling and buying of the firearms is not a considerable source of income. If the license holder had previously purchased a surplus rifle for 100 dollars, it is legal to sell it for a profit at a later date. It would be illegal if the license holder made it a point to buy surplus rifles by the crate with the intent to re-sell them on a local basis. There are federal laws that must be adhered to in terms of routine purchases and routine local sales. Every C&R license holder must adhere to the set guidelines.
Many individuals obtain a C&R License for their hobby of collecting Curios and Relics because it is a very rewarding experience. The rewards tend to be the added slice of history that comes with every purchase. The firearms are an introduction to the past.
If a person would like a C&R License, they will need to be at least 21 years of age. They must be a legal resident of the United States of America. If a person has a felony conviction, they are unable to purchase this license. People with drug addictions or any type of restraining order against the are not eligible to obtain a C&R license. If an individual would like to obtain this license, they will need to take the following steps:
* make sure to meet all FFL Requirements
* select the right FFL License type by determining what will be done with it
* take an online FFL License course
* apply for Federal Firearm License
The license process usually takes between 60 to 90 days before the license arrives. A packet of information about the license will come with the license. This information will include a list of firearms that can be legally collected. The license is usually good for approximately three years. This license will allow individuals to buy the eligible firearms. It is not necessary to go through a third party nor pay the usual transfer fees.
The actual fee for a C&R License is around 30 dollars once the background checks have been approved. This type of firearms license will allow you to buy a gun only if it has some significant history behind it. It is the AFT that give the criteria for determining if it is considered to be an actual C&R gun. There are many websites that you can browse through to purchase Curio and Relic firearms. They can be found at auctions too.
Once you have the C&R license, you will be required to keep a record of any firearms that you sell or that you buy. This includes the make, model and serial number of the firearm that was purchased.
The Curio and Relic firearms are usually at least 50 years old in order to be considered to have any type of historic significance. Some of these firearms may be functioning firearms and can be viewed differently in terms of the legal guidelines.
Carla Arbuckle

Carla is a staff writer for Fishing.org and Shooting.org. She is an avid outdoors enthusiast and photographer. She can be found most weekends fishing and exploring the wilderness.