January 10, 2024
In general, does ATF normally give notice of an inspection or are most of them by surprise?
ATF compliance inspections are, by policy, typically unannounced. There are circumstances when ATF will contact the FFL in advance, which is usually when the FFL has odd business hours, or the Industry Operations Investigator will have to travel a good distance to the FFL’s business premise and needs to ensure the FFL will be there. NSSF recommends that FFLs are prepared for ATF to show up to conduct a compliance inspection any day.
This question was asked during the NSSF Webinar: Hot Topics from the NSSF Compliance Hotline.
Hot Topics from the NSSF Compliance Hotline
NSSF operates a Hotline as a service for its members through which you can ask any ATF compliance questions. And not just ATF questions but also OSHA, EPA, and import/export questions. The goal of the Hotline is to respond to the caller as soon as possible. The number is 855-FFL-NSSF (335-6773). Many NSSF members have never used this service. If that is you, we encourage you to give it a try when a compliance question comes up. We think you will be glad you did.
During this webinar, NSSF compliance consultants Judy LeDoux and Wally Nelson discussed common hotline questions from 2023 and answered them in detail.
NSSF Member Webinars
|From transfers to inspections to trace, the new (as of 2023) Form 4473 is a critical document for all firearms retailers. This course is designed to take you step-by-step and line-by-line through the nuances of completing each section of ATF Form 4473.
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