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July 11, 2017

ATF Q&A: 4473 Forms


How should a Licensee respond to a police officer's request for an original 4473?

Generally a Licensee should not surrender an original Form 4473.  However under special circumstances, a law enforcement agency may insist upon an original form for a criminal investigation.  In those cases, the licensee should make a copy of the form to maintain for their records.  In addition, the licensee should record the requesting officer’s name and badge number and a contact name for the agency in case ATF requests that information. The licensee should also obtain a receipt for the Form 4473 from the officer, even if it’s a handwritten one, that contains the officer’s name, badge number, and telephone number.