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Theft/Loss in Transit
Answers to frequently asked questions in regards to theft and loss of firearms in transit.
How does the transferor/sender FFL receive notification that a firearm is stolen or lost?
How do I know who the appropriate local authorities are for reporting the theft/loss?
When a firearm theft or loss occurs, what is the transferor/sender FFL required to do?
Why shouldn’t the intended transferee/receiver be required to report the theft or loss of a firearm in transit?
Why isn’t the common or contract carrier required under Federal law to report to ATF the theft or loss of a firearm shipped in commerce?
Why is the transferor/sender FFL required to report the theft or loss of a firearm in transit?
Why were the regulations amended to specify who is responsible for reporting the theft or loss of a firearm in transit?