I did not read all the forum posts here yet but I wanted to reply too.
There was a ad in the printed NRA magazine for new FFL applications & applying for a new FFL. Check www.FFL123.com
. I never used it but you may want to research it.
The FFL process can be complex, I'd get a good lawyer or small business expert who can guide you through the local/state/federal laws.
The NRA, www.nra.org
may help & any local gunsmiths, gun dealers may also assist you.
Be aware of all the business, insurance & related legal issues too.
www.USA.gov www.gunlawguide.com www.ATF.gov www.sba.gov www.vetbiz.gov www.handgunlaw.us