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July 12, 2012   |
Mandatory Use of New Form 4473 Began Monday, July 9
The new, revised Form 4473, now available, must be used for all transactions requiring a 4473, effective today--Monday, July 9. The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms industry, passes along these important notices regarding the implementation of these new forms:

• If you are an FFL and have not received a supply from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), contact your local ATF office immediately. To obtain the forms, call the ATF Forms Distribution Center, 301-583-4696, or order online at

UPDATE: If you have not received a packet of the revised ATF Form 4473, April 2012 Edition. To ensure that you are utilizing the correct version of the form, you may print the revised ATF Form 4473 at Please be sure to copy all six pages of the form and staple them together if you elect to use a printed or photocopied version of the form.

• The impetus for the revisions resulted from two opinions issued by the Department of Justice (DOJ) relating to aliens' ability to receive and possess firearms. In response to DOJ's concerns, questions ll.l and 12, and corresponding instructions, have been modified. See "Open Letter to All Federal Firearms Licensees" for a more detailed explanation and a copy of the revised form, along with "notices, instructions and definitions."

• An " Important Notice to All Federal Firearms Licensees" has been issued by ATF to further explain changes appearing in the new Form 4473.

• "Questions and Answers -- Revised ATF4473 (April 2012 Edition), prepared and published by ATF, poses relevant questions regarding the changes in Form 4473 and provides helpful answers.

The FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) has provided NSSF with several updates on issues including the new ATF Form 4473, new additions to the NICS FFL website and keeping FFL contact information up to date.

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