Gun stores can conduct business in their parking lots, ATF says

Posted at 8:39 PM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 21:39:33-04

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is giving new guidance to gun stores amid shelter-in-place directives.

The ATF says gun stores are allowed to conduct business outside of the store as long as they own the property.

A federal firearms licensee can verify a customers identity, collect paperwork, accept payment and deliver firearms or ammunition to customers through a drive-up or walk-up window or doorway or through a temporary table or booth in the parking lot.

Inventory and records should remain secure in the interior of the store.

The ATF says federal firearm licensees may conduct non-over-the-counter firearm sales to unlicensed in-state residents who are exempt from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

Texas has ruled that gun stores qualify as essential businesses under the shelter-in-place directive.

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