Form 4473

No matter if you are doing a firearm sale or merely a transfer as a service for your clients, it is absolutely mandatory for you to know how to fill a Form 4473 out correctly. It is also important to comprehend what is meant as a proper identification for section 20a on the second page of the Form. The Form will inquire for a valid “identification document” before the transfer of the firearm can be conducted. According to the law, an “identification document” must have a eligible physical address and a photo, name and date of birth of the individual it belongs to. In some areas of the United States, residences are quite out-of-the-way. The driver’s license of the individual, in those cases, could have a post office box filed as an address in the place of a physical address. If this is the case, the buyer (the individual who is filling out his or her information on the Form 4473) may have to use a combo of documents that proves his/her residence. The first document accepted could be the driver’s license that includes all of the correct information (obviously except for the address) and then a valid tax document or vehicle registration that includes the physical address. No matter what association of documents the buyer chooses to provide the vendor with, a governmental institution must have issued every document accepted by the dealer. Sadly, if the buyer isn’t able to provide the solicited, complete documentation, you as a dealer cannot lawfully transfer the firearm to that person. In that event, you should recommend that your client update his or her driver’s license, in order for it to indicate their physical address instead of a post office box. Another situation in which you’ll need to have your buyer demonstrate residency is in the event of a green card holder. When it comes down to filling out the Form 4473, the form for an over the counter firearms acquirement, they’ll need to put their residence country of their citizenship in the line specifically intended and check the “other” box. The buyer must also fill in their admission number or the US-issued alien number, as specified in box number 15.  Lastly, the buyer will have to be able to demonstrate his or her residency by showing documents that prove he or she has been living at the same address for the past 90 days. This can be proven over a utility bill a Internet bill or anything similar. In addition, a individual that is a permanent resident should tick the “no” box for question 11.l on the Form 4473. The category of a nonimmigrant alien does not include the permanent resident aliens or nonimmigrant aliens that are accepted to the US compatible to the Visa Waiver Program or to requirements that can exemp them from any prior visa requirements. The third situation you might experience that is residence related is a nonimmigrant alien. Except the omissions I’ve mentioned prior a nonimmigrant alien can be an individual ranging from a tourist, student, business traveller and also temporary workers. The term refers to individuals that plan being in the US only for a specific period of time.  The nonimmigrant aliens may acquire or own a firearm only under certain very specific circumstances. These circumstances are the following: (1) is in possession of a hunting license or permit issued according to the law by a Federal Government, a State, or local government, or an Indian tribe federally recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which is valid and unexpired; (2) was allowed to the United States for lawful hunting or sporting reasons; (3) has gotten a waiver from the prohibition from the Attorney General of the United States; (4) is an official representative of a foreign government who is authorized to the United States Government or the Government’s mission to an international organization having its headquarters in the United States; (5) is en route to or from another country to which that alien is accredited; (6) is an official of a foreign government or a distinguished foreign visitor who has been so designated by the Department of State; or (7) is a foreign law enforcement officer of a friendly foreign government entering the United States on official law enforcement business. But still, even if the nonimmigrant alien meets the above-mentioned criteria, it is mandatory that he or she also meet the ATF’s State of residence requirements. The individual must have the distinct intent of making a home in that state and be able to prove their residence. You can find the complete list of State of residence criteria in ATF ruling 2010-6. Join FFLTrust.com to join the ranks of FFL holders across the nation today! See additional FFL resources! Not sure yet? Check out our benefits of obtaining an FFL and see for yourself!!  

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