NSSF: ATF Announces Release of New Form 4473

NSSF 4473 Changes
The ATF just announced several changes to the standard firearm transfer form AKA 4473. IMG NSSF

Newtown,CT -(AmmoLand.com)- The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearm industry, is pleased to announce that ATF is set to release its newest version of the Form 4473. The Form 4473 is used by all Federal Firearm License (FFL) holders to record pertinent information from persons seeking to purchase a firearm or firearms prior to the FFL performing a background check via the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) or state-approved point-of-contact law enforcement agency.

The May 2020 Form 4473 includes several changes from the previous version, including:

  • The warning at the top of the form includes information about illegal exportation.
  • Information on the firearm/s to be transferred is now Section A, which must be completed before the transferee completes Section B. The “County” block has been changed to “County/Parish/Borough” to accommodate Louisiana and Alaska, respectively.
  • A new item (26c.) has been included for the recording of official military orders establishing a permanent change of station.
  • Item 26b, which previously applied to situations in which the identification document did not show the current residence address of the transferee, has been updated to include situations in which the identification document does not include the full legal name of the transferee.

Use of the May 2020-approved Form 4473 will be mandatory for all FFLs beginning November 1, 2020. FFLs may use supplies of their current Form 4473s (October 2016 version) until that date. The new Form 4473 and continuation sheets are available for preorder in both English and Spanish here, and FFLs can expect those preorder to begin shipping in late July 2020. In addition, ATF expects to ship 50-quantity starter packs of the new Form 4473 to all FFLs in late July 2020, and the agency intends to have an updated eForm 4473 up and running during that same time period for those FFLs utilizing the FBI’s NICS E-Check system instead of the paper Form 4473.

NSSF has ordered both Spanish and English overlays for the new Form 4473 and we will notify our members when they are in stock and available through the member portal. These overlays, which complement an FFL’s compliance best practices, help improve the accuracy and completion of this critical form and are available free to NSSF members.

National Shooting Sports FoundationAbout The National Shooting Sports Foundation

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 10,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. www.nssf.org

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Great stuff USA. I have suspected that their roots run real deep. There dug in deeper then ticks on a hound. So whats the next step. To much power and $$$. They are not going to fade into the sunset anytime soon. So President Trump has to know all about this.

jack mac

Clothing similar military and law enforcement, maybe we should mothball boy and girl scout uniforms.

Heed the Call-up

USA, what source do you use to verify this document? I could not find anything on it, other than a video (same one on multiple sites) that discussed it.


Fake news


Way back in 1970 I turned 18, I got the Right To Vote, My Draft # to Nam was 252, I could legally drink 3.2 Beer in SD, and I could legally buy firearms. Now I started shooting years earlier, and I bought firearms but Dad had to sign for them. The NRA use to use Attraction and Education to try to bring people into the Shooting Sports, and it worked. The NRA brought me in at the age of 12, but sad to say that NRA ain’t no more. Now at 18 I knew I did not like Governments… Read more »


Americans speak English, learn the language.


Agreed! Why is there a Spanish version at all? If they cannot speak English, then they in NO WAY they should have the ability to purchase a firearm! That tells me that they are here illegally!


The form in Spanish is exclusively for Puerto Rico, a US territory which recently made gun ownership more accessible for it’s residents.


I wonder when the the people will demand the ATF and all State governments STOP demanding the people ask government permission to exercise a fundamental right over which no authority to delegated to the federal government, and over which State governments are specifically prohibited any authority? Far more important than whether the documents asking permission are in other languages or not is the fact the whole damned process and the law it rode in on is flatly illegal under our 2nd Amendment, which is converted from a RIGHT to a revocable government permission by this legalized thuggery, and which requires… Read more »

Some guy


uncle dudley

If the United States Constitution is in English, all government forms and documents should also be in English until the congress votes and the president signs into law that we now should have all paperwork in Spanish.
We are losing our identity when we allow other languages to become everyday norms with our documents and way of life.
I appreciate the fact we have many Spanish or Latino’s who have come to the U.S. legally and played by the rules but they need to learn the language of their new country.


For several hundred years people came to the U.S. for a better life, to avail themselves of the OPPORTUNITIES in a free state. People came to the U.S. to become U.S. CITIZENS and be PART of the American way. Nowadays immigrants, legal and illegal,expect the U.S. to bow to their customs and language…it doesn’t work like that ! While we all should respect the customs of other cultures, those customs (and language) should be kept and honored AT HOME. This country almost made German it”s official language, since there were very many German speaking people here BUT English prevailed 210… Read more »


Thanks for posting, however that seems to be missing “both Spanish and English overlays”


@USA – First time I’ve seen that flag, or even heard of association between igloos or Hawaiian pattern with revolutionary viewpoints. I could have seen that flag as “cute” and something worth displaying. This is useful info as I would prefer to avoid anything that might inspire law enforcement to “take me down”.


Everyone who has read your comment just became 10% dumber. Get a clue.


USA: Was the ferry going cross the Mersey?



Many folks post as much fake news here as the NY Times does. When I see certain contributor’s user names I just skip to the next comment….PM

Some guy

BOOGALOO. 7/4/20