FFL License – School Zone
The Gun Free School Zone was created as a way to ensure the safety of American children. This law prevents the possession of firearms within 1000 feet of school grounds (public, private, or parochial), except under extraordinary state of affairs. Luckily, one of those circumstances allows those who live within the 1000 feet radius to be allowed to apply for their FFL license.
When the Gun Free School Zone law was originally instated, it included every person in that perimeter. The ATF soon realized that included many citizens who were already FFL holders and/or gun owners and decided their law couldn’t function, without modifications and the proper revisions. The law is modified in such a manner, that it still is viable as a protective measure for school children and also averts limitations on the citizens who live within the perimeter. The restriction of knowingly carrying a firearm within the protected Zone does not concur to private properties (storefront, residence, commercial or driveway). This way, you can still be abiding the law and you can be an FFL license holder from your home, even if you are living in the perimeter of the Gun Free School Zone.
There are a few extra criteria in which an individual could possess a firearm and not be breaking the federal Gun Free School Zone law.
The person is licensed by a state or political subsidiary to possess the firearm, and the license has been issued after law enforcement officials cleared the person is adequate to sustain the license (i.e. a permit to own a handgun);
The firearm is empty and kept in a sealed container or closed gun rack on a vehicle;
The firearm is owned by someone for use in a school-approved program;
The person who has the firearm in custody or his/her employer is entered into a contract between the person and the school, in which firearms are allowed;
The person is a law enforcement officer acting in their official capacity;
The person is traversing school grounds in order to get to a public or private way. The firearm must be unloaded, and the person must have the school’s permission;
These impunities listed above do include many situations, but clearly not all. If you should live in a state that, does not solicit permits (which would otherwise have you protected under the first exception listed), the ATF advises that the firearm is empty and kept in a sealed container before departing your FFL licensed location.
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