Skip to main content
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Who We Are
Diversity & Inclusion
For Media & Congress
For Victims & Witnesses
What We Do
Alcohol & Tobacco
Firearms Examiners Academy
Order Paper Forms
Data & Statistics
U.S. Firearms Trace Data
U.S. Firearms Commerce Report
You are here
Answers to some common questions on the definitions of a gunsmith, licensing and recordkeeping requirements.
May a gunsmith make immediate repairs at locations other than their place of business?
May a licensed gunsmith receive an NFA firearm for purposes of repair?
Does a gunsmith need to enter every firearm received for adjustment or repair into an acquisition and disposition (A&D) record?
Is a license needed to engage in the business of engraving, customizing, refinishing or repairing firearms?
Is an ATF Form 4473 required when a gunsmith returns a repaired firearm?
Is a licensed gunsmith required to comply with the requirements to give written notification to handgun transferees and post signs regarding juveniles and handguns?
Does a licensed gunsmith have to conduct a NICS background check before returning repaired or customized firearms?