A collector of curios or relics may
obtain a Collector's License under the Gun Control Act of 1968, 18 U.S.C.
Chapter 44 and the regulations issued thereunder in 27 CFR Part 178. The
privileges conferred by this license extend only to curio or relic transactions.
The principal advantage of a Collector's License is that a collector can acquire
curios or relics in interstate commerce. A licensed collector may acquire and
dispose of curios or relics at any location; however, dispositions to
nonlicensees must be made to residents of the same State in which the collector
is licensed. The licensed collector has the same status as a nonlicensee with
respect to transactions involving firearms that are not classified as curios or
relics. An individual must be licensed in order to lawfully receive curios or
relics in interstate commerce, i.e., from outside his or her State of residence.
Further, while a licensed collector may acquire curios or relics and dispose of
same from a personal collection, A LICENSED
COLLECTOR IS NOT AUTHORIZED TO ENGAGE IN BUSINESS AS A DEALER IN ANY FIREARMS,
INCLUDING CURIOS OR RELICS. A FEDERAL FIREARMS DEALER'S LICENSE IS REQUIRED FOR
THIS ACTIVITY. Federal law, regulations, and general information
pertaining to licensed collectors, curios or relics, nd recordkeeping can be
found in ATF Publication 5300.4, "Federal Firearms Regulations Reference
Please see the BATF site for more
MidwayUSA offers a discount on
purchases to holders of a C&R license.
The following site lists several
Firearm dealers who will sell to C&R license holders. http://www.john-oliver.net/shooting/candrdealers.html
The process for applying for a
C&R is relatively easy. You can download an application form here Note that having a
C&R requires you to keep a bound book of all future purchases and sales of
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