FFL/FELs: Have A Plan To Protect Your Inventory & Records

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FFL/FELs: Have A Plan To Protect Your Inventory & Records

ST. PAUL, Minn. — -(AmmoLand.com)- In response to flooding throughout Minnesota and surrounding states, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) urges federal firearms and explosives licensees and permittees to have a plan in place to secure their firearms/explosives inventories and records should flooding affect their area.

ATF issued a special weather advisory alert to federal firearms and explosives licensees and permittees yesterday warning them of National Weather Service – Twin Cities flood warnings and urging them to protect their inventory and records. The message went out via automated telephone calls to licensees in the projected flood areas.

“It’s important that federal firearms and explosives licensees protect their inventories and records to prevent damage, loss or potential theft,” said ATF Public Affairs Specialist Ashlee Sherrill, of the St. Paul Field Division. “We encourage licensees to have a plan in place in advance of any natural disaster so that if evacuation is necessary, they can focus on their personal safety and the safety of their families, friends and neighbors, rather than scramble to protect their inventories and records.

“We want to ensure the safety of our licensees and the safety of the surrounding communities,” Sherrill continued. “Leaving firearms and explosives inventories unsecured presents unnecessary risk and could potentially place these regulated items in the hands of criminals. Losing valuable records severely impacts reconciliation after such thefts.”

The special alerts went out to the following areas:

  • Red river and tributaries – Cass, Grand Forks, Pembina, Ransom, Richland, Traill and Walsh Counties (ND), Clay, Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk and Wilkin Counties (MN)
  • Mississippi River and Tributaries – Goodhue, Houston, Wabasha, and Winona Counties (MN) Pierce County (WI)
  • Minnesota-Cottonwood Rivers and Tributaries – Blue Earth, Brown, Dakota, LeSueur, Nicolett, Renville, and Sibley Counties (MN)

“Unfortunately,” Sherrill added, “due to the flood waters rising so fast, we were unable to get this special alert to areas which may already be affected by flooding, but we plan to monitor the situation and continue to send out alerts as needed.”

Licensees who have already experienced flood damage, theft or attempted theft should contact ATF at 800-800-3855, a 24-hour hotline, to report their situation. Those who do not have a plan in place should visit the ATF website (Disaster Preparedness Pamphlets: Firearms, Explosives) for ideas and things to consider when putting together emergency plans.


ATFATF protects the public from crimes involving firearms, explosives, arson, and the diversion of alcohol and tobacco products; regulates lawful commerce in firearms and explosives; and provides worldwide support to law enforcement, public safety, and industry partners. More information about ATF and its programs is available at www.atf.gov.

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Bart Gulley
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Personally I think once a 4473 is filled out background complete that should be in end of the paper trail. To my understanding any firearms manufacturer doesn’t keep records past 5 year’s after a gun is manufactured. I’m not a FFL but that’s what I was told by a local firearms dealer about the firearms companies record keeping. I think the UPC tag should be sufficient enough.

tomcat
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tomcat

The bright spot is that if the records are destroyed or the BATF loses them that is that many guns the democrats can’t trace and confiscate. I would say it would be good if there was a record someplace of the guns but the current climate prevents anything from being done without it coming back to bite you.

Get Out
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Get Out

Oops, all records were lost when the saturated boxes of files floated away.

MockingBird48
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MockingBird48

In my opinion those records should be destroyed.

John Galt
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John Galt

I want ALL ffl’s to store there records, particularly 4473’s in boxes of thermite.

F**K batfu

JPM
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JPM

When I gave up my FFL years ago it was required to send all my records to the BATF records center, then located in Kentucky. I did with a signed return receipt for the records, which I received and kept. Months later I was subpoenaed to testify in a case where some of the guns I sold legally were altered and resold in a BATF sting operation. When asked specific questions I told them I couldn’t answer as I no longer had the records and didn’t want to make a false statement to a Federal Agent (felony) at the advice… Read more »

Core
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Core

Could always shred them and burn them so no unauthorized peoples get them..

John
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John

Losing records during a declared flood, such as referenced above, would surely be more credible than “the damn dog ate them”.

The ATF should post some of the responses to record loss, probably be quite entertaining.

Duane
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Duane

Wow it would be a shame to loose the records due to a fire or something.

Jim Mackey
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Jim Mackey

Whoops, lost my FFL records in a flooding accident.
That’s a new one.