July 11, 2017
ATF Q&A: 4473 Forms
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.