ATF Posts New Processing Times for Applications and Variance Requests
Washington, DC -(AmmoLand.com)- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) recently posted new processing times for National Firearms Act (NFA) transfer applications, Gun Control Act (GCA) license applications, and explosives applications.
Processing times of most interest to firearms industry members are the following:
|ATF Form 3||2 months|
|ATF Form 5||1 month|
|ATF Form 9||1 month|
|Marking Variances||3 months|
|Form 6||6 weeks|
In addition, the current processing time for ATF Form 4, Application for Tax-Paid Transfer and Registration of Firearms, is six months. Industry members may recall that within the past two years processing time for this form was as high as ten months.
The decrease in processing time is attributable to ATF’s recent hiring of more Examiners to process NFA registration and transfer documents. However, ATF officials advise the agency has received hundreds of thousands of transfer applications during the months of May and June as industry members try to avoid the requirements of recent regulatory changes. The changes to 27 C.F.R. Part 479 (announced in our …Read the Rest