What are the Most Frequently Cited Violations for an FFL?

While the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives has not released the 2010 statistics, the 2009 statistics reflect the following as being the most cited violations:

1. Not Making Timely A&D Book Entries - 27 C.F.R 478.125(e) - (25/100) 
2. Transferee Not Properly Completing Part A, Form 4473 - 27 C.F.R 478.124 - (20/100) 
3. Failure to Complete Forms as Instructed - 27 C.F.R. 21(a) - (17/100) 
4. Failure to Date of NICS Contact - (16/100) 
5. Failure to Obtain/Document Purchaser's ID - (15/100) 
6. Licensee Failure to Sign 4473 - (12/100) 
7. Failure to Report Multiple Handgun Sales - 27 C.F.R. 478.126a - (10/100) 
8. Failure to Identify Firearm on Form 4473 - (6/100) 
9. Failure to Record Alien Residency Documentation - (5/100) 
10. Failure to Wait for NICS Response/Record Response - (3/100) 
11. Failure to Complete 4473 Prior to Disposition - (3/100)

All FFLs should take note and ensure that all of their employees are properly trained so that these errors do not arise during a compliance inspection. As I previously wrote, an FFL should conduct a monthly inventory to ensure that any such errors are corrected before a compliance inspection.

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