Type 09 FFLs

How FastBound Can Help Type 09 FFLs

FastBound offers a comprehensive software solution designed to handle all aspects of a federal firearms licensee’s operations. Our platform enables you to generate unlimited, compliant bound books, and convert any computer, tablet, or smartphone into a 4473 compliant device, among other features. All this is backed by an experienced, attorney-backed legal defense team to help with any issues.

In addition, our platform offers features such as multi-state background checks, form autocomplete features, A&D record management for manufacturing, and automated reporting for multiple sales. These tools are designed to minimize the risk of license revocations and transfer denials.

Operating a firearms business can be challenging, particularly when trying to remain fully compliant with ATF regulations. FastBound is committed to making your life as an FFL easier, ensuring your forms and transfers meet ATF regulations so you can focus on the core operations of your business.

Electronic 4473

FastBound™ transforms any computer, tablet, or even the buyer’s smartphone into a compliant 4473 with digital signature and digital storage support with no transaction fees or special hardware requirements.

Leading Integrations

With more integrations than any other FFL Software provider, our open REST API makes FastBound™ the leading choice among software provides who are serious about their customer’s firearms compliance.

Compliance backed by legal defense

FastBound™ was the first to engage an FFL law firm to back their FFL Software with a guaranteed legal defense related to the use of its software–often imitated, never duplicated.

What is a 09 FFL?

A Type 09 Federal Firearms License (FFL), issued by the ATF, is a specialized license for those who want to be dealers in destructive devices. Destructive devices encompass an array of items such as grenades, explosives, and similar items. The Type 09 FFL grants its holder the permission to buy, sell, or import these devices. It’s worth noting that this license does not extend to the manufacturing of destructive devices, nor does it encompass dealings with firearms that fall under the National Firearms Act (NFA). Those require additional licensing and Special Occupational Taxpayer (SOT) status.


Advantages and Disadvantages of a Type 09 FFL

The Type 09 FFL offers several unique advantages. It fills a distinct niche in the firearms industry by allowing the licensee to legally deal in destructive devices. This can open up a relatively unique and less saturated market segment. Furthermore, the ability to import destructive devices can provide opportunities to source unique and rare items from overseas that may command higher prices.

However, a Type 09 FFL also comes with its share of drawbacks. Given its specialized nature, the application process for a Type 09 FFL is more detailed and more expensive than other FFL types. The application fee is $3,000, and the same amount is required for renewal every three years. This higher cost might be prohibitive for some, especially when compared to other FFL types.

Secondly, the Type 09 license does not cover manufacturing destructive devices, which could be a limitation for businesses interested in creating their own devices. If you are interested in manufacturing, a different license, such as a Type 10 (Manufacturer of Destructive Devices, Ammunition for Destructive Devices, or Armor Piercing Ammunition) would be necessary.

Overall, a Type 09 FFL can be a powerful tool for individuals or businesses looking to operate in a specialized segment of the firearms market. However, those considering this license should carefully weigh the benefits against the costs and potential limitations.

09 FFL Requirements

The same federal requirements for other types of FFLs apply to the 09 as well. However, you may need to supply the ATF with a business plan due to the nature of the items you will be dealing with.

The basic federal requirements are:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Be a US Citizen or legal permanent resident
  • Be legally permitted to possess firearms and ammunition (no felony convictions, no abuse of controlled substances, and no psychiatric issues that would disqualify you from owning a firearm)
  • Have a predetermined physical location for conducting your FFL activities
  • Have never violated the Gun Control Act or other firearms-based regulations
  • Fully and honestly fill out your FFL application and submit it appropriately to the United States Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)
  • Pay all related fees related to your application (for a type 09, it’s $200 to apply and then $90 to renew every 3 years).

State-level requirements can vary, but generally, you will need to register your business with your state government and obtain a state firearms license after securing your federal firearms license. Additionally, you’ll need to get approval for local zoning based on the nature of your business activities.

If your firearms business is home-based, it’s important to clarify during your zoning permission application that you do not intend to establish a retail location, and thus, will generate only minimal local foot traffic. This is a frequent issue for home-based FFL holders and can lead to disputes.

If you want to set up a physical storefront, you’ll need to adhere strictly to all local zoning laws and restrictions in your area.