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AFMER - ATF Form 5300.11
How do I know ATF received my AFMER form?
Does the AFMER form 5300.11 have any relationship with NFA Special Occupational Tax (NSOT) or the Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax (FAET) administered by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)?
Do I need to file an AFMER form even if I didn’t manufacture any firearms last year?
After filing my AFMER form with ATF, I discovered an error. What should I do?
ATF Form 4473
Why does ATF Form 4473 ask for race and ethnicity?
Who signs ATF Form 4473 for the seller?
Where can a Federal firearms licensee get ATF Forms 4473?
When documenting residency of a member of the armed forces on active duty, item 26.c. on Form 4473 asks for "PCS Base/City and State." Is that asking for both the base as well as the city and state, or just one or the other?
What documentation does a member of the military on active duty need to present to acquire a firearm?
What address does a member of the military on active-duty document in item 10 of Form 4473, “Current State of Residence and Address”?
Should an FFL enter “zero” for item 6 on Form 4473 when the firearm transfer is denied by a background check or the transfer doesn’t otherwise take place?
Must a transferee provide his or her social security number on the ATF Form 4473?
May an FFL scan a buyer/transferee’s identification document to auto-populate item 26.a. on Form 4473, “Identification”?
May an ATF Form 4473 be completed for the transfer of a firearm by a person holding a Power of Attorney?
Many electronic Form 4473 software products do not require the transferee to sign and date the certification in items 22 and 23 until after the NICS process is completed and the form is printed. Is this permissible?
Is an ATF Form 4473 required when an unlicensed person sells or disposes of a firearm?
Is a Social Security card a proper means of identification for purchasing a firearm from a licensee?
In instances where firearms are ordered and have not arrived, may an FFL postpone recording serial number information in item 3 of Form 4473 until after the transferee has completed Section B, and then complete item 3 after the arrival of the firearm?
If a licensee notices an error on the ATF Form 4473 after the transfer, what is the procedure to record the correct information?
If a firearm transferee’s identification lists something other than male or female for their gender, what should they check on question 14 of Form 4473?
If a buyer or transferee is unable to read and/or write but wants to purchase a firearm, how may the transfer legally be completed?
How should an FFL proceed if, after the completion of Section E of ATF form 4473 (signed and dated), the transferee decides to purchase a different firearm than originally recorded on the Form 4473?
How should an FFL proceed if the transferee decides to purchase additional firearms, more than originally recorded on the Form 4473?
How long are licensees required to maintain ATF Forms 4473?
Does the Form 4473 have to be retained if the customer does not complete Section B and a NICS check is never initiated?
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