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    Default New ATF Form 4473

    I found this in the Federal Register.

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012...2012-13762.htm

    Federal Register Volume 77, Number 110 (Thursday, June 7, 2012)

    DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

    Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives

    27 CFR Part 478

    [Docket No. ATF 24F; AG Order No. 3336-2012]
    RIN 1140-AA08


    Firearms Disabilities for Certain Nonimmigrant Aliens (2001R-
    332P)

    AGENCY: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF),
    Department of Justice.

    ACTION: Final rule.

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    SUMMARY: In 2002, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and
    Explosives (ATF) published an interim final rule implementing the
    provision of the Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental
    Appropriations Act, 1999, relating to firearms disabilities for certain
    nonimmigrant aliens. That regulation implemented the law by
    prohibiting, with certain exceptions, the sale or disposition of
    firearms or ammunition to, and the possession, shipment,
    transportation, or receipt of firearms or ammunition by, nonimmigrant
    aliens.
    The Department of Justice has now determined that the relevant
    statutory prohibitions on transfer and possession of firearms and
    ammunition apply only to nonimmigrant aliens who were admitted to the
    United States under a nonimmigrant visa, and that the prohibitions do
    not apply to nonimmigrant aliens who lawfully entered the United States
    without a visa. The Department is therefore issuing this rule to make
    conforming changes to the regulations, so that the regulations are
    consistent with the Department's current legal interpretation.
    This final rule addresses only the nonimmigrant alien visa issue.
    The remaining issues raised by the 2002 interim final rule, and the
    public comments submitted with respect to those issues, will be
    addressed in a separate forthcoming rule.

    DATES: This rule is effective July 9, 2012.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James P. Ficaretta, Enforcement
    Programs and Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and
    Explosives, U.S. Department of Justice, 99 New York Avenue NE.,
    Washington, DC 20226; telephone: 202-648-7094.
    There is more at the link.

    Suffice it to say that there are minor changes to the ATF Form 4473 and a new ruling on nonimmigrant alien applicants.

    There is also a new ruling on the 90 day proof of residency requirement, but I can't find it online at this time.

    At this time I also do not see the new Form 4473 on the ATF website so this is more of a notification to the board that the new form is out there now and will be mandated soon. I cannot currently post a copy and do not know if I will be able to.

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    Default Re: New ATF Form 4473

    My new forms came in the mail today. I only glanced at the ATF letter because I rarely do sales or transfers at my home. Most sales get shipped elsewhere.
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    Default Re: New ATF Form 4473

    Quote Originally Posted by unclejumbo View Post
    My new forms came in the mail today. I only glanced at the ATF letter because I rarely do sales or transfers at my home. Most sales get shipped elsewhere.
    Ah, gotcha, I spend a lot of time filling out the forms so I was glad that the changes are not too significant in terms of the layout of the form itself.

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    Default Re: New ATF Form 4473

    The number 4473 has stayed the same over the years, but the form has changed a number of times since the beginning, which I believe was late 1968 when the GCA 68 went into effect. In the early eighties, the form did not have the number of questions they have now.

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    Default Re: New ATF Form 4473

    Found the new form online now, as it appears the ATF has updated their website with it:

    http://www.atf.gov/forms/download/atf-f-4473-1.pdf

    So if you haven't purchased recently you may notice the change in question 10, and on the matter of nonresident alien applicants later on the form as well.

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    Default Re: New ATF Form 4473

    Quote Originally Posted by IronSight View Post
    Found the new form online now, as it appears the ATF has updated their website with it:

    http://www.atf.gov/forms/download/atf-f-4473-1.pdf

    So if you haven't purchased recently you may notice the change in question 10, and on the matter of nonresident alien applicants later on the form as well.

    Thanks for the link. Now I can do my homework before I work at the shop on Friday and Saturday.

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    Default Re: New ATF Form 4473

    If a FFL does not have the new ATF form 4473 they can't do a transfer???
    I was going to do a gun trade this am & the FFL called me and stated he didn't have the new form so we could not do the trade! UGH!
    Last edited by 96D; July 13th, 2012 at 11:18 AM.
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    Default Re: New ATF Form 4473

    Quote Originally Posted by 96D View Post
    If a FFL does not have the new ATF form 4473 they can't do a transfer???
    I was going to do a gun trade this am & the FFL called me and stated he didn't have the new form so we could not do the trade! UGH!

    Cannot use old form BUT:

    If you need additional forms, please contact the ATF Distribution Center at (202) 648-6420 or you may order online at http://www.atf.gov/forms/dcof/. You may also print the Form 4473 from the ATF website and make copies as needed.
    http://www.atf.gov/press/releases/20...atf-f-4473.pdf
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