More confirmation on delays in NFA forms during government shutdown
By Chris Eger
The ASA says that, while checks for NFA items are being cashed, the forms themselves are piling up. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
The leading suppressor trade group confirmed Wednesday that the continuing federal government shutdown is affecting paperwork.
The American Suppressor Association advised that forms used to make and transfer National Firearms Act-regulated items such as silencers, machine guns, and short barreled rifles are not being completed due to the lapse in appropriations for some federal government operations. “ASA can confirm that the NFA Division is not processing tax-paid transfers during the shutdown,” said the group.
However, while the applications have stalled, the payments sent in for tax stamps on NFA transfers are still being processed by Bank of America, as part of their contract with the government, as the financial institution itself is not affected by the shutdown. Once the checks are cashed, the forms are still heading to the NFA Division where they are piling up.
“Politics aside, it’s unfortunate that there’s now another reason why NFA applications are being delayed,” Knox Williams, ASA president, told Guns.com.
The news comes just after a similar NFA reform association warned that the examiners assigned to the NFA Division are deemed “non-essential personnel” and are not working