by Ian K. Friedman, Esq.
It has been reported by one of the moderators at the AR-15.com message board (who covers NFA sub-forums) that there has been a significant amount of new hirings recently at the NFA Branch (which handles approvals for Tax Stamps for NFA items). The moderator “tony_k” reported that, “There now are two Section Chiefs (examiner supervisors), eight Specialists and 14 Examiners to plow through our 62,000 pending applications.” He also stated that the state assignments are in a (forgive the pun) state of flux at the moment and that nearly half of the “new examiners are newbies.”
While the increase in the number of examiners is always good news, the backlog caused by the Government shutdown and the threat caused by ATF 41P (which there is still time to file your opposition to if you haven’t already at this link and before that, reading our previous articles on how the rule making process works and how to structure your comments) has simultaneous increased the back log to the point where people are being told that the wait for a tax stamp is now 15 months.
We will continue to keep you apprised of changes, as we learn of them, including, hopefully, REDUCED approval times.