How to Start a Gun Sales Business in Texas

by Peter Timm; Updated September 26, 2017

Texas is a great state in which to operate a gun business. Texas is business friendly and has minimal restrictions on firearms. When starting a gun business, you may wish to include online selling and gun brokerage services to expand your customer base beyond the borders of Texas. As a gun dealer you have the option of starting small –operating from your home –or setting up a storefront. If you plan to open a store, you should check with your local authorities concerning zoning rules for your store’s location.

Step 1

Register for an Assumed Name Certificate (ANC) in the county where you plan to do business. An ANC establishes your business name.

Step 2

Apply for a Federal Firearms License from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF). Request an application by calling the BATF at 301-583-4696. FFL applications are usually processed within 60 days.

Step 3

If your business is other than a sole proprietorship, then you must register your business with the Texas Division of Corporations. The majority of start-up gun shops are the sole proprietorships.

Step 4

Apply for a Sales and Use Tax Permit from the Texas Tax Commission. A Sales and Use Tax Permit authorizes you to collect sales tax on goods and services on behalf of the state of Texas.

Step 5

Apply with the Internal Revenue Service for an Employer Identification Number. An EIN is necessary if you plan to hire employees (contact the IRS by calling: 800-829-4933).

About the Author

Peter Timm has been writing since 2002 for both print and online publications. Timm earned a Bachelor of Arts from the New York Institute of Technology in 2008 and emerged a technically astute writer.

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