Extended NICS Hours for Black Friday

Worried about long waits at the gun counter when snapping up those smoking Black Friday deals?  This recent announcement may help to ease your mind.

The FBI NICS Section has announced extended hours of service on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 (“Black Friday”), for E-check Users and state Point-of-Contact (POC) Programs.  Typically, the NICS is available daily from 8 a.m. until 1 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).  However, in response to requests to bring NICS into service earlier on “Black Friday” to better accommodate typical business-hour extensions throughout the retail industry and due to a long history of record-breaking volume on this day, the FBI will bring the NICS in-service starting at 4:30 a.m. EST for NICS E-check Users and for state POC Programs.  The NICS Contracted Call Centers will open, as normal, at 8 a.m. EST.

For those Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) that do not currently utilize the NICS E-check service and would like to do so prior to NICS Peak Season 2013 or in advance of the earlier-than-normal NICS service hours being provided on “Black Friday,” contact the following for that expeditious, automated firearms background check service: 1-877-324-6427.  Select Option 2 for FFL Customer Service and then option 5 for E-Check enrollment. Continue reading

Make Plans to Meet FFL Compliance Consultants at SHOT Show Reception

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is providing an opportunity for firearms retailers to gather information about FFL compliance.  NSSF Retailer Members are invited to attend a 90 minute reception during the 2013 SHOT Show during which they can meet with four former ATF officials who serve as NSSF FFL Compliance Consultants.
With over 120 years of combined experience with the bureau, Wally Nelson, Nick Scouffas, Fred Gerlach and Harry McCabe are available to visit member businesses to assess ATF compliance, review internal controls and record keeping practices and help prepare for ATF compliance inspections.
Although the compliance program costs can range as high as $3000, NSSF provides subsidies for retailer members to bring the cost below $500.  Retailer members who sign up for the consultation during this SHOT Show reception will receive a further discount, lowering the price to $399.  Further, one reception attendee will be randomly chosen to receive an in-store audit for free.

If you are a firearms retailer who is not already an NSSF retailer member, be sure to see our previous post for information on how you become a member for as little as $35 – a savings of over 50% off the normal price.

Event Details:
Location:  NSSF Member Lounge – Lido Ballroom, Venetian Hotel Level 3
Date:  Wednesday January 16, 2013
Time:  4:30-6:00 PM

For more information about the event or the compliance program, contact Patrick Shay via email at pshay@nssf.org or by phone at (203) 426-1320.

ATF Urges FFLs to Prepare for Tropical Storm Isaac and Other Disasters

BATFE LogoWASHINGTON — In preparation for Tropical Storm Isaac and other natural disasters, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) today urged federal firearms licensees (FFLs) and federal explosives licensees and permittees (FEL/Ps) to be prepared and protect their merchandise and facilities. ATF has prepared guidance, which is available online, regarding how to plan ahead before disasters strike.

For FFLs, an ATF brochure and video are available on ATF’s website with information regarding businesses that are affected by flooding or other such incidents. The brochure, “Disaster Preparedness for Federal Firearms Licensees,” (ATF publication 3317.7), is available at http://www.atf.gov/publications/download/p/atf-p-3317-7.pdf. The video, “Disaster Preparedness,” is listed under ATF’s Online Education Seminars at http://www.atf.gov/training/firearms/ffl-educational-seminars/.

FEL/Ps should review the brochure, “Voluntary Steps to Prepare for a Pending Natural Disaster,” (ATF Publication 5400.16, March 2011), which is available at http://www.atf.gov/publications/download/p/atf-p-5400-16.pdf.

FEL/Ps that have additional questions concerning preparedness are urged to contact their local ATF field office or the Explosives Industry Programs Branch at 202-648-7120. FFLs with additional questions, should contact their local ATF field office or the ATF Firearms Industry Programs Branch at 202-648-7190.

For other useful information on planning for a natural disaster, please visit www.ready.gov. Further information about ATF is available at www.atf.gov.


BATFE LogoATF Form 4473, Firearms Transaction Record Part I – Over-the-Counter (Form 4473) has been revised.  This letter highlights the changes to the form. You should review the entire revised form including all of the Important Notices, Instructions to Transferee/Buyer, Instructions to Transferor/Seller, and Definitions.

All Federal firearms licensees (FFLs) must begin using this form on July 9, 2012 (not earlier). After that date, you may no longer use the previous edition (August 2008) of the Form 4473 as it will be obsolete.

The changes to Form 4473 include the following: Continue reading





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