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Old February 12, 2013, 04:56 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by kilimanjaro
When you deal in firearms for profit, you are a dealer.
Originally Posted by jason_iowa
Saying that selling guns at a profit makes you a dealer is not the case. If you are doing it as a livelihood that's a different thing.
Originally Posted by Frank Ettin
Really? What is the difference? Where is the line drawn? Do you have any clue what you are talking about?
Jason_Iowa is substantially correct in the distinction he draws. I would like to have made a profit every time I sold a firearm (maybe a half dozen times in my life), but I would not fit the definition of a dealer. Indeed, if one undertakes dealing in firearms "as a regular course of trade or business with the principal objective of livelihood and profit through the repetitive purchase and resale of firearms", as Frank Ettin's citation indicates that is "a different thing".

Frank, the law you provide is an excellent review of the issue and it is a real service for you to provide that cogent summary. The acrimonious introduction is "a different thing".
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