U.S. Department of Justice

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives

Assistant Director
Washington, DC 20226

January 6, 2009

Notice to All Federal Firearms Licensees
Regarding ATF Form 4473 Shortage

As a result of an unprecedented increase in demand for ATF Forms 4473 (5300.9) Part I Revised August 2008, inventory of the form at the ATF Distribution Center is running low.

As a temporary measure, ATF is allowing FFLs to photocopy the form 4473 in it’s [sic] entirety until they receive their orders from the ATF Distribution Center.

A notice will be posted at the expiration of this temporary authorized change.

Form 4473 is the form both seller and purchaser must fill out when a firearm is transferred by a Federal Firearm License (FFL) holder. Among other data, it records the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) confirmation number the dealer must obtain to complete the sale of any firearm.

The supply of form 4473 is running low, proving not all retail sales are in the tank.

On a personal note, I notice a rifle I purchased on Black Friday is on offer via the Internet at double my cost on average. This may work out quite well for me.

Thank you, Mr. President-elect. By the mere fact of your election, you have stimulated the economy and encouraged many Americans, some of whom had not previously done so, to assert their rights under the 2nd Amendment. Well done.

Maybe you could drop a few hints about banning certain canned goods that possess very long shelf life, or applying a 500% tax to any cans that open with those little key thingys? Most of those foodstuffs are unhealthy meat based products that appeal to the same people who are driving up the price of 7.62×39 cartridges.

In the interests of full disclosure: I’m long Hormel, brass and lead.