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November 7, 2023

If our FFL operates in a state with a waiting period do we sign Form 4473 on the day we ran the NICS check or on the day we transferred the firearm to the individual?

You (the FFL/transferor) always complete Section E, block 34 (print your name), block 35 (signature), and block 36 (the date) on the date you transfer the firearm. Because you are in a State with a waiting period, the buyer/customer will also have to recertify (sign and date) in Section D of the 4473 when they come back after the waiting period is satisfied. The dates in Section D (recertification) and Section E, the transferor’s certification must match. Further, the dates in Section B, the transferee/buyer’s certification (which is the date they initially completed 4473) and the date you contacted NICS should be the same.


This question was asked during the NSSF Webinar: NSSF Compliance Consultant’s “Report from the Field.”

NSSF Compliance Consultants “Report from the Field”

WEBINAR: Graphic image reads: Compliance Webinar - NSSF Compliance Consultants "Report from the Field". The risk of ATF administrative actions, including license revocation, demands proactive measures. This presentation will help you gather valuable insights for maintaining compliance at your firearms business.

Retired ATF Director of Industry Operations Judyth LeDoux and Compliance Expert John ‘JC’ Clark – both NSSF Compliance Consultants, address critical topics impacting Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) while delving into essential topics that every FFL should be aware of.

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SHOT University Course: Completing ATF Form 4473 (2023 Version) When OSHA Arrives
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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Presented by Jason Smith, this 3 part course focuses on range safety and health specifically through the lens of the OSHA’s 7 Core Elements and recommendations for workplace safety.

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