A Class III license is a license that a Title I Federal Firearms dealer (FFL) obtains in order to sell firearms that fall under Title II of the Gun Control Act (GCA) of 1968. Title II prohibits interstate firearms transfers except among licensed manufacturers, dealers and importers. Class III dealers may sell fully automatic firearms manufactured prior to May 19, 1986, and other federally registered firearms and devices restricted under Title II of the GCA to individuals who obtain approval from the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury after payment of a Special Occupation Tax (SOT) and clearance following a criminal background check.
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