Q: We would like to take over a shooting range that is located in an out-of-the-way place. The location is controlled by a tour company that books tours into the area for various events. Without the tour company, there would not really be a reason for people to enter the area, so the shooting range wouldn’t do much business. The tour company is owned by a felon. Currently, the shooting range is run by individuals who have a profit-sharing agreement with the tour company. The current owners are getting out of the business because of the fact that the tour company owner is a felon. If we take over the range, we would be the range/gun operator only with the tour company (owned by the felon) doing the advertising, transportation, sales, etc so he would be processing the money and paying me minus a commission/advertising fee/etc with nothing being based on my profit so he would have no control of the guns just booking the groups. He has offered a separate building that he and his staff would have no access to our FFL and storage. Would the ATF allow a profit-sharing agreement to continue? Would some kind of land lease agreement be possible? How could the money be handled so ATF would allow this?
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