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3-D Printing Technology of Firearms
Who can obtain a Federal Firearm Licenses (FFL)?
What will ATF do if a prohibited person is manufacturing a firearm?
What say does ATF have in the technology used to produce firearms?
What is ATF doing to make sure this technology is monitored so it is not used illegally?
What is ATF doing in regards to people making their own firearms?
What does “any other weapon mean?”
Is ATF aware of the new 3-D printing technology producing firearms?
Is a firearm illegal if it is made of plastic?
If an individual makes an item that falls into the “any other weapon” category is that individual required to register the item?
How does one apply for a license?
Can an individual now manufacture these firearms and sell them?
ATF Form 4473
Why is this demographic information needed?
Why did ATF amend Form 4473, Firearms Transaction Record, to include information on race and ethnicity?
Who signs ATF Form 4473 for the seller?
Where can a dealer get ATF Forms 4473?
When must the ATF Form 4473 be signed?
What happens to the data provided on Form 4473?
What authority does the federal government have to ask for such information on Form 4473?
What are the specific changes that occurred in 2012 to the ATF Form 4473?
Is a Social Security card a proper means of identification for purchasing a firearm from an FFL?
Has ATF issued a new Form 4473, Firearms Transaction Record?
Does an unlicensed person need an ATF Form 4473 to transfer a firearm?
Does a dealer have to execute ATF Form 4473 to take a weapon out of the dealer’s inventory for his or her own use?
Did previous versions of ATF Form 4473 include demographic questions?
ATF Form 4473 — Firearms Transaction Record
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