March 31, 2023
Training Resources Available for Revised ATF Form 4473
In preparation to use the latest iteration of ATF Form 4473, NSSF encourages FFLs and their staff to review the updated training and resources available through NSSF.org. The Revised Form is available on ATF’s website and can be downloaded and printed for immediate use. NSSF reminds all FFLs that mandatory use of the Revised Form takes effect Saturday, April 1, 2023.
Please note that the entire Form, including instructions, must be printed and stored together. Hard copies of the Revised Form are available through the ATF Distribution Center. To download, select Forms and Applications and then scroll down to the 4473 Form.
TRAINING COURSE: How to Review and Complete the ATF Form 4473
From transfers to inspections to trace, ATF Form 4473 is a critical document for all firearms retailers. This course, Completing Form 4473 (2023 Version), is designed to take you step-by-step through a big-picture overview and then line-by-line through the nuances of completing each section of the new form.
During this three-module series, you will:
- Review the critical elements, use and purpose of the Form
- Identify common errors made by both buyers and sellers
- Identify how to correct those errors
More FFL Compliance Resources
While NSSF offers a full array of industry compliance resources and information to help Industry members operate their businesses in compliance with laws and regulations, we’ve gathered the following useful information to further assist FFL staff with reviewing and completing Form 4473.
4473 Overlay Tool
The Form 4473 Overlay Guide is a plastic film template used as an overlay on a customer-completed 4473 that helps your staff, store compliance managers and other responsible persons ensure that all the questions on the form have been answered and answered in the correct way. The proper and consistent use of this overlay guide, as part of a comprehensive compliance program, can result in more accurate and complete records of sale as required by federal law. Overlays can be requested online. NSSF offers discounted pricing on the 4473 Overlay Tool to its retail members.
24-Hour Compliance Hotline
NSSF members have exclusive 24/7 access to the NSSF’s Retail Member Hotline (log in here for hotline number). Non-member retailers can view some of the questions that have been asked and answered through this service here.
NSSF provides industry businesses with FREE in-depth compliance webinars via the Firearm Industry Compliance Education Series. This series focuses on topics central to our industry including ATF inspection preparedness, straw purchase awareness, improving store security, and OSHA lead & noise compliance. Opt-in to receive notifications and details about upcoming compliance education.
In this session recording, you’ll learn about the new Form 4473 and your responsibilities to complete it correctly. Have a copy of the new form available as NSSF Compliance Consultants Judy LeDoux and Wally Nelson will cover what changed, how it changed and why.
UPCOMING: Less Common Sales: Do You Know the Rules?
Monday, April 10 | 3:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern Time
NSSF Compliance Consultants Judy LeDoux and Wally Nelson will be reviewing the ATF requirements for over-the-counter sales that are not common to most FFLs, including sales of long guns to out-of-state residents, snowbirds (dual state residents) and military service members. Our compliance consultants get questions on these situations from FFLs very frequently. This webinar will aim to answer these questions for all the FFLs in attendance.
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