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Theft/Loss in Transit
Answers to frequently asked questions in regards to theft and loss of firearms in transit.
If the transferor/sender FFL files a theft/loss report after the contract carrier or transferee/receiver FFL files their own, will ATF's lost/stolen gun database contain duplicate reports?
Is the transferor/sender FFL required to report any thefts/losses of firearms that occur while in transit if the transferee/receiver FFL and/or common or contract carrier have already filed a theft/loss report with ATF?
Does this rule only apply to shipments by private common or contract carriers or does it also apply to shipments via the United States Postal Service (USPS)?
What happens if firearms are reported as missing and are subsequently located?
As the transferor/sender FFL, how should I note the theft/loss of a firearm if it's stolen/lost in transit after I already recorded the disposition in my A&D record?
How does this rule change the reporting requirements for stolen or lost NFA firearms?
What form does the transferor/sender FFL use to notify ATF of the theft or loss?
Will I have to track each shipment and obtain confirmation from the recipients that the shipment has arrived?
Are there additional records that I will now have to maintain to prove that a shipment of firearms has arrived?
How does the transferor/sender FFL receive notification that a firearm is stolen or lost?