This morning at the Annual Firearms Import/Export Conference ATF provided an update on their e-Forms. Several clients have asked me when Form 4 will again be available for use in the e-Forms system. Unfortunately, it does not sound like Form 4 will be available this calendar year.
ATF has not yet even awarded the contract to the firm that will re-design that part of the system. Once a contract is awarded, the contractor’s personnel will need to go through background checks before they can begin work on the project. So, it could be mid-October before the contractor even learns the details of the issues to be addressed. I asked ATF for a target date and while they would not provide one, it sounds like early 2015 is the best that might be expected.
If you have been holding off on filing a Form 4 in hard copy, this information would certainly suggest that it does not make sense to wait for the e-Forms version to become available.
Published by Tom Odom, Esq.
Tom was born and raised outside of Philadelphia. He attended Rutgers University as an undergraduate and, later, University of Pennsylvania School of Law where he was an Executive Editor on the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. He served as a clerk to Judge Morton I. Greenberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Tom practiced law for ten years in Washington, D.C., handling matters before numerous federal administrative agencies and litigating several significant issues of federal constitutional law. He resigned his partnership for a full-time teaching position and spent the next ten years as a law professor at schools including Penn State/Dickinson School of Law, Rutgers School of Law -- Camden, University of Richmond School of Law, and Oklahoma City University School of Law. While a professor, Tom published three books on federal constitutional law and articles on various topics.
Tom joined the Prince Law Firm, P.C., due to his interest in protecting constitutional rights and the firm's reputation in representing individuals in firearms related matters. He assists clients in complying with regulatory requirements and in litigating when their rights have been infringed.
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6 thoughts on “An Update on the Availability of ATF’s e-Form 4”
Thought you might be interested to know that the NFA Branch seems to have really picked up speed on processing Form 1 applications. I just mailed one on 28 July 2014 for a SBR on my family NFA trust that Prince Law established. I just received my tax stamp back today. That is 44 days door-to-door. This is the fastest I have ever experienced for a Form 1.
Submitted mine on 11-28-2014. Just got it back approved 12-31-2014. Happy New Year!