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.