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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?
Must a transferee provide his or her social security number on the ATF Form 4473?
May an ATF Form 4473 be completed for the transfer of a firearm by a person holding a Power of Attorney?
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?
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 buyer or transferee is unable to read and/or write but wants to purchase a firearm, how may the transfer legally be completed?
How long are licensees required to maintain ATF Forms 4473?
Are the instructions attached to the ATF Form 4473 required to be maintained with the Form 4473 as part of a licensee's permanent firearms records?
ATF Ruling 2016-5 Guidance - Marking Variance for Government Defense Contractors
Why is ATF issuing this guidance for Ruling 2016-5?
When is a subcontractor considered “a party” to “an existing USG contract” for purposes of ATF Ruling 2016-5?
What, if anything, can be done with the destructive devices that are ultimately rejected from a USG contract or are overages from a USG contract?
What information must be supplied to ATF prior to engaging in the manufacturing process?
Pursuant to ATF Ruling 2016-5, how should the alternate markings be applied to satisfy the requirements of, and comply with, the existing United States Government (USG) contract?
How must the markings be applied to the destructive device munitions?
Does the marking variance extend to sub-contractors associated with the contract?
Does the marking variance extend to any Foreign Military Sale (FMS) customers included in those DOD USG contracts?
Can the manufacturer submit additional lot numbers, if needed, as a result of lot “slippage” or a change in lot number mid-production due to unforeseen issues? If so, how should this be done?
Are there any other marking requirements?
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