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Leak Shows ATF Trying to Force FFL's into Digitizing 4473's

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Michael DeFord
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MARTINSBURG, WV-(Ammoland.com)- According to a leak provided to AmmoLand News and verified by a second leak from a Gun Owners of America (GOA) source, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will stop issuing variances allowing for offsite storage of 4473 forms.

For years, the ATF has issued variances to federal firearms licensees (FFLs) who did not have room on-site to store the 4473 forms collected over the years. FFLs are required to hold the background check forms for 25 years. This period could mean 1000s of forms at an FFL’s location. Small gun shops with limited space could easily run out of room to store the massive volumes of records.

The ATF is also anticipating Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) 2021R-05 to be published in 2022. That rule will amend 27 CFR 478.129 to require FFLs to store all ATF forms permanently, which would further burden the licensed dealers. Although dealers would be allowed to keep documents over 20 years offsite, that location could be searched without a warrant by the ATF under the new rule. This rule would have no beneficial effect on cutting down on crime.



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