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July 11, 2017

ATF Q&A: Firearms Transactions


Can a licensee transfer a firearm to an individual who answered yes to a prohibitive question in Block 11 of the ATF F 4473, even if the individual passes a NICS check?

No. If a prospective purchaser answers yes to any of the questions relating to prohibited categories of persons, the transaction should be stopped.  At that point the licensee has reasonable cause to believe that the customer is in fact prohibited from possessing a firearm and no NICS background check should be conducted.