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July 11, 2017

ATF Q&A: 4473 Forms

May we as an FFL use a customer's name and address information from Form 4473 for our advertisement mailing? We would not be selling the information or otherwise distributing it in any form, but, rather, simply sending a postcard about an upcoming gun-safe sale.

The information and certification on the ATF Form 4473 Firearms Transaction Record are designed so that an FFL may determine if he or she may lawfully sell or deliver a firearm to the person identified in Section A (transferee/purchaser). The form should only be used for sales or transfers of firearms. We suggest that the FFL seek private legal counsel to inquire about privacy issues and lawful marketing practices.



NSSF Member Webinars

Completed From 4473 Webinar Winning at ATF Inspections
From transfers to inspections to trace, the new (as of July 2020) Form 4473 is a critical document for all firearms retailers. This course 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.

Watch at SHOT University Online

This 3 part course, presented by retired ATF deputy Director, Wally Nelson, and retired ATF Inspector, Jean Zabel, covers The Basics of ATF inspections, Issues and Resolutions and Proactive Steps to Prepare for an ATF Inspection.


Watch at SHOT University Online

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24-Hour Compliance Hotline

NSSF members can greatly benefit from the NSSF’s Retail Member Hotline. The toll-free hotline will bring calls in to the NSSF headquarters on a 24/7 basis. If questions regarding compliance, transactions, legislation or any other topic cannot be answered at the time of the call, an all-out attempt will be made to provide the answer within 24 hours.

NSSF members have exclusive 24/7 access to the NSSF’s Retail Member Hotline. Non-member retailers can view some of the questions that have been asked and answered through this service here.

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