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Discussion in 'GSSF' started by arclight610, Feb 19, 2010.

  1. arclight610

    arclight610

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    What happens to those background check forms and state police forms that I fill out when I buy a gun from an FFL? Do they get destroyed, or are they sent to like a database? Just wondering, I've never been clear on it.
     
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    I'm not sure the number. I live in VA, so when I go buy guns I fill out 2 forms. One of them is a background check form, the other is a state police form. The state police form is to make sure I'm obeying my 1 handgun per month limit and that I'm not wanted in the state for anything. I just want to make sure that there is no secret shenanigans going on with them.
     
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    If you are referring to the 4473's, they are required to be kept by the dealer. If the dealer goes out of business, they are required to be sent to BATFE.

    Don't know what they do with your state forms.
     
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    What does the BATFE do with them? Log them into a database?
     
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    TITLE 27 - ALCOHOL, TOBACCO PRODUCTS, AND FIREARMS

    CHAPTER II - BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, FIREARMS, AND EXPLOSIVES, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

    SUBCHAPTER B - FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION

    PART 478 - COMMERCE IN FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION

    subpart h - RECORDS

    478.129 - Record retention.

    (a) Records prior to Act. Licensed importers and licensed manufacturers may dispose of records of sale or other disposition of firearms prior to December 16, 1968. Licensed dealers and licensed collectors may dispose of all records of firearms transactions that occurred prior to December 16, 1968.

    (b) Firearms transaction record. Licensees shall retain each Form 4473 and Form 4473(LV) for a period of not less than 20 years after the date of sale or disposition. Where a licensee has initiated a NICS check for a proposed firearms transaction, but the sale, delivery, or transfer of the firearm is not made, the licensee shall record any transaction number on the Form 4473, and retain the Form 4473 for a period of not less than 5 years after the date of the NICS inquiry. Forms 4473 shall be retained in the licensee's records as provided in 478.124(b): Provided, That Forms 4473 with respect to which a sale, delivery or transfer did not take place shall be separately retained in alphabetical (by name of transferee) or chronological (by date of transferee's certification) order.

    (c) Statement of intent to obtain a handgun, reports of multiple sales or other disposition of pistols and revolvers, and reports of theft or loss of firearms. Licensees shall retain each Form 5300.35 (Statement of Intent to Obtain a Handgun(s)) for a period of not less than 5 years after notice of the intent to obtain the handgun was forwarded to the chief law enforcement officer, as defined in 478.150(c). Licensees shall retain each copy of Form 3310.4 (Report of Multiple Sale or Other Disposition of Pistols and Revolvers) for a period of not less than 5 years after the date of sale or other disposition. Licensees shall retain each copy of Form 3310.11 (Federal Firearms Licensee Theft/Loss Report) for a period of not less than 5 years after the date the theft or loss was reported to ATF.

    (d) Records of importation and manufacture. Licensees will maintain permanent records of the importation, manufacture, or other acquisition of firearms, including ATF Forms 6 and 6A as required by subpart G of this part. Licensed importers' records and licensed manufacturers' records of the sale or other disposition of firearms after December 15, 1968, shall be retained through December 15, 1988, after which records of transactions over 20 years of age may be discarded.

    (e) Records of dealers and collectors under the Act. The records prepared by licensed dealers and licensed collectors under the Act of the sale or other disposition of firearms and the corresponding record of receipt of such firearms shall be retained through December 15, 1988, after which records of transactions over 20 years of age may be discarded.

    (f) Retention of records of transactions in semiautomatic assault weapons. The documentation required by 478.40(c) and 478.132 shall be retained in the licensee's permanent records for a period of not less than 5 years after the date of sale or other disposition. (Paragraph (b) approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 1512 0544; Paragraph (c) approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control numbers 15120520, 15120006, and 15120524; Paragraph (f) approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 15120526; all other recordkeeping approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 15120129) [T.D. ATF208, 50 FR 26704, June 28, 1985 and correctly designated at 50 FR 35081, Aug. 29, 1985, as amended by T.D. ATF273, 53 FR 24687, June 30, 1988; T.D. ATF361, 60 FR 10787, Feb. 27, 1995; T.D. ATF363, 60 FR 17455, Apr. 6, 1995; T.D. ATF415, 63 FR 58280, Oct. 29, 1998; T.D. ATF426, 65 FR 38201, June 20, 2000]
     
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    http://armedcanadian.blogspot.com/2008/06/q-is-form-4473-sent-to-government.html