Author Archive for Dick Clark

NFA Branch finishing last of pre-41F backlog

  With wait times having crept up to nearly a year, it appears that ATF’s NFA Branch is now nearly complete with ATF 41F paperwork backlog. Since last summer there has been a hard drought for dealers and manufacturers. With the SilencerCo Maxim and other new products now in stores, the prospect of quicker transactions […]

“Solvent Trap” seller shut down by ATF

Prescott, Arizona business SD Tactical reported last night that ATF has shut down their operations, which focused on selling “solvent traps.”

ATF eForms to become “FEAM,” still mostly vaporware

An email notice was sent out to eForms users today announcing a new name for the eForms system and promising new features including batch submission functionality and auto-approval of some ATF Forms 2 and 3. The agency, however, is pushing back the anticipated date for rollout of the new system, scrapping development work done to […]

ATF 41P: Reading the final rule

The newly published version of 27 CFR Part 479, the result of ATF 41P, is not a short read. In its 248 pages of double-spaced text, it describes existing regulations and the original agency proposal in August 2013. It includes reference to the many public comments and the agency’s rationale for various features of the final rule, and […]

ATF 41P: Final rule published

Monday, there was an important development relating to firearms regulated by the National Firearms Act. In 2013, ATF proposed a rule change known as “ATF 41P” that would modify what must be included with an application to make or transfer NFA items. An individual has to submit fingerprint cards, passport-style photos, and signatures from a […]

Nebraska legislator introduces ‘shall sign’ bill

Nebraska gun owners may find the National Firearms Act (NFA) registration process a little less frustrating if a new bill introduced today becomes law.  Senator Dave Bloomfield’s LB 603 would require chief local law enforcement officials (“CLEOs”) to accept and process federal forms requiring a CLEO certification in the same manner that they currently process applications for handgun […]

ATF publishes new eForms guide for 2015

As part of ATF’s email announcements to eForms users this morning, the agency also attached a copy of the latest eForms newsletter. It includes an updated version of the “eForms 101” guide first distributed at the end of 2013. Other thrilling topics include “FFL, EIN and AECA Associations” and what to expect when seeking an NFA […]

ATF: eForm 4 coming back late 2015

Earlier this morning, ATF dispatched an eForms update to users. In addition to providing performance figures for NFA Branch in processing paperwork (forms are now being processed faster than they are coming in), ATF also notes that they have reached their target staffing level of twenty-five examiners, made changes to office procedures, and are actively […]

Ohio General Assembly Passes ‘Shall Sign’ and Suppressed Hunting Bill [UPDATED]

  [UPDATE2: On Friday, Governor John Kasich signed H. 234 into law.] [UPDATE: After the Senate vote in favor of House Bill 234 as amended, the Ohio House this afternoon voted to concur with the Senate and to pass the amended legislation. H. 234  now heads to the desk of Governor John Kasich, who is […]

Florida ends ban on hearing-safe hunting

After a last-minute push by opponents (including at least one newspaper editorial board) to stall the proposal, Florida wildlife commissioners have ended their prohibition of hunting with suppressed firearms in Florida. The rule change is effective immediately. That means that hunters for Florida game currently in season can thread on their suppressors and head out for […]