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July 12, 2017

ATF Q&A: Firearms Transactions


Can a licensee return a consigned firearm to a family member of the person who originally consigned the firearm if that person was a prohibited individual?

Yes, a family member of a prohibited individual who placed a firearm on consignment with a licensee may pick up the firearm subsequent to completion of a form 4473 and a background check. However, that family member may not transfer the firearm to the prohibited person. In addition, if the family member lives in the same household with the prohibited person, the family member must never allow the prohibited person to have either constructive or actual possession of the firearm. Please note that if the licensee is returning the firearm to the same individual who placed the firearm on consignment, and that person is not a prohibited person, a 4473 form must still be completed and a background check must be conducted.