ATF Form 4473 Changing Next Year

Millions of law-abiding citizens submit to background checks, as intimated by the president's comment to reporters. (Dave Workman)
ATF Form 4473 Changing Next Year

WASHINGTON, D.C. -( The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is changing Form 4473 to comply with new regulations and the Bipartisan Safer Community Act (BSCA).

The ATF Form 4473 is the form a buyer must fill out when transferring a firearm through a federal firearms licensee (FFL). The ATF has now updated the form to reflect changes caused by Final Rule 2021R-05F, which changed the definition of a firearm and the new gun control laws passed by Congress. The new forms will be available through the ATF Distribution Center beginning February 1, 2023.

Item 1, Section A is changing now that the ATF created the term “privately made firearms” (PMF) in Final Rule 2021R-05F. The rule was created in response to President Joe Biden’s demand that the ATF regulate so-called “ghost guns. The old Form 4472 had no option for PMFs.

Item 1, Section A of the ATF Form 4473 will now read: “Manufacturer and Importer, if any or Privately made firearm (PMF) (If the manufacturer and importer are both different, include both).”

Question 10 has also been amended. Instead of just asking the gun buyer their city and state, ATF Form 4473 now asks if the buyer lives inside the city’s limits. Sometimes a person’s address will include a city’s name, but the person does not actually live inside the city limits. The buyer will now need to check yes or no to the question of whether they live within the city’s limits.

Section B is also getting two new disqualifying questions. Answering yes to either question will mean the prospective buyer cannot legally acquire the firearms.

The new questions read:

21b: “Do you intend to purchase or acquire any firearm listed on this form and any continuation sheet(s) or ammunition, for sale of other disposition to any person described in questions 21(c)-(m) or to a person described in question 21.n.1 who does not fall within a nonimmigrant exception?”

21.c.: “Do you intend to sell or otherwise dispose of any firearm listed on this form and any continuation sheet(s) or ammunition in furtherance of any felony or other offense punishable by imprisonment for a term of more than one year, a Federal crime of terrorism, or a drug trafficking offense?”

To comply with the BSCA’s mandatory ten-day waiting period for certain buyers under 21, the ATF revised the form. The BSCA instituted the waiting period to give the authorities time to perform “enhanced” background checks, including pulling juvenile records.

The ATF Form 4473 will add the following:

Prior to the NICS/POC information, an instructional header has been added stating: “Notice: If transferee/buyer is under 21, a waiting period of up to 10 days may apply where notification from NICS is received within 3 business days to further investigate a possible disqualifying juvenile record. A NICS check is only valid for 30 calendar days from the date recorded in question 27a.”

Item 27.c. was amended to show the date an FFL may transfer a firearm should NICS or the State agency (conducting the background check) not reply stating more time is needed for the check. It now reads next to the delayed check box: “The firearm(s) may be transferred on ____ if time period is not extended by NICS or the appropriate State agency, and State law allows (optional).”

A box has been added to 27.d. should NICS or the appropriate State agency delay the check as more time is needed to conduct it on a transferee under 21 years of age. It now reads: “Notice of additional delay of transferee under 21 years of age received on _______ (date), and may be transferred on _________ (date).”

Also added to 27.d. is a box for FFLs to check should no response be received from NICS or the appropriate State agency (for transferees under 21 years of age) within 10 business days after the initial delay was given. It now reads: “No response was provided within 10 business days after initial delay for transferee/buyer under 21.”

FFLs will still be allowed to use the current ATF Form 4473 until the end of March. On April 1, 2023, FFLs will be required to use the new form only.

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Oh, and now the stolen election POS trades a known terrorist for another POS basketball player druggie while he leaves a Marine behind?

FJB and the demonkkkrat party. Obiden should be impeached today and thrown in jail as a terrorist threat to America.


Yeah, we get Jar-Jar Binks back in our country. Whoopee….
I wonder how long it will be before it and Dawn Staley go on tour, crying about how oppressive life is over here for them. I was hoping Jar-Jar would at least spend five years over there so it could understand what oppression might really be.


Oh, she understands what oppression is because she has been oppressed by the white man with white privilege all her life in her mind, I am sure. I bet she would take the reparations that obiden wants to give her too. I wonder how long it will be before she says all of her fans got her freedom for her rather than Obiden. I wonder if she will speak up for the poor Marine that is still imprisoned that should have been traded rather than her. I doubt it. America needs to scream and complain about this all over the… Read more »

Mystic Wolf

Well just like his but buddy bamba boy, that byden has nothing but hate for the military, he thinks of the military as disposable serfs that are not worth the time of day, the alzheimers boy treats the VETERANS just as badly.


Hey! Jar-Jar was a good guy! She’s more akin to Jabba The Hut!

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Desert Guy

What worse than an enemy? A traitor…




Exactly. I don’t think marijuana should be a crime, but it IS, and anyone stupid enough to travel with it does so at their own peril.


Price of used firearms (private sale) is going to skyrocket as I will not be buying any new firearms.

NSSF you can thank your ‘partners’ at the ATF for the upcoming drop in sales.

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Henry Bowman

The only way to fix this is the one thing that no website will allow to be posted, and likely will involve a snitch report…
The only hint I can give here involves a date. 4-19-1775


Ah yes the day when Thomas W Gage got his clock cleaned.


Gee, can’t you just feel the safety oozing from these changes? I still toy with the idea of checking “non-binary” when I buy a gun just to screw with their computers. Hey, I could even check “female” because in the spirit of adding “non-binary”, nobody is supposed to question your choice of gender label. 😀

J Gibbons

Since gender is supposedly fluid, it shouldn’t matter what you check. But I’m sure the FBI algorithms in the background are looking for changes as just another reason to deny.

Mystic Wolf

Gee on some sites I am already listed as non-binary so that works for me, guess I am pert of the lgbtq group gee never thought that might help.


what a bundh of useless (and confusing) horse hockey. Some pencil necked geek in the 3 sublevel basement of the ATF justifying his extincence. (and how many pallets of the current form are we going to shitcan?)


What do you want to bet that the new FORM they talk about will only be on the electronic form and printed forms will not be available.


Thankfully, that’s not the case. I saw our new forms today. Same as the old, just a couple more dumb questions. Still paper forms tho. Tomorrow… er actually today, we put them into use. Just a matter of time tho fore everything goes electronic


And remember children…………



J. oh no, they have our best interests at heart and it is for the children after all. They have pinky sworn that they have no ill intent – this time. Unlike all of the other wannabe tyrants they will get it right this time cuz they are way smarter than the previous ones were.

Do I really need to add a sarc tag?


So now it becomes a gun registry???????
“Do you intend to purchase or acquire any firearm listed on this form”
This form more and more violates our 2A .


Don’t tick that box. Today “I don’t intend to ______”, But nevr forget.tomorrow is a whole new day. Never can tell what might turn up then. After all, that day has not yet even started.

John Dow

“21.c.: “Do you intend to sell or otherwise dispose of any firearm listed on this form and any continuation sheet(s) or ammunition in furtherance of any felony or other offense punishable by imprisonment for a term of more than one year, a Federal crime of terrorism, or a drug trafficking offense?”

Isn’t that kind of a 5th Amendment trap?


and what the hell is ammunition being stated for? Do you need to fill out a form to buy ammo now or is this a prelude to what they are working on that will be required next. So glad I reload everything I shoot but 22lr. Something is telling me to buy more powder, primers, projectiles and brass before I need to have a license to purchase it and they will no longer be able to mail it. I did that while living in kommiefornia because they passed a new law that anyone owning more than a pound of powder… Read more »


MM, We can’t seem to elect anything other than those that will enslave us to tyranny, can we?


I don’t trust the elections anymore. I think we elect who we want but the controllers that count the votes change the numbers. Vote by mail in Oregoneistan has changed it to where we have not seen a Repulican governor since forever and I am quite sure now we never will until the rolls are cleaned and we stop mailing 25,000 more ballots out than there are residents in Ore


44mag, This is the problem with having 2 month early voting and giving those who count them a much bigger opportunity to know beforehand how ‘many’ votes they either need to fabricate or not count in order to ‘win’ for the person the tyrannists want in office. This is a total sham. ;Hannity thinks we should band together and beat them at their own ‘game’. I think Not! I think it is time to demand that all votes are cast on election day the old way, except for those who are physically unable to, because of absence or physical infirmity… Read more »


I agree, make it a holiday and voter I’d required.

Mystic Wolf

In somecstat3s they already require you to fill,out a form for the purchase of ammo and the type ofvammo you are getting.
Oh and remember they now consider semi autos a machine gun so you may have to fill out an nfa form as well, new york and new jersey don’t even allow semi auto to be sold any more according to a news blip a few days ago.


JDow, the whole point of the entire 4473 is to trap both the sellers and the buyers, plus the FFL holder who makes the transaction. By including serial numbers in the transaction, they are, totally effecting registration. These changes to the FFL are just a prelude to total confiscation and the outlawing of the Constitution. Sorry folks, but both sides are guilty and they just keep dangling that carrot in front of us donkeys, trying to make us think that the next cycle will bring change. It won’t and most Patriots know that. As a Republic we are doomed. The… Read more »


Old – NEVER forget that the bats recently admitted that they have nearly one BILLION firearms transactions squirreled away ‘somewhere’ – if that isn’t a registry – what is it? There is only one way that they could have amassed that data – via 4473. Never mind that it is illegal for them to maintain such information. Like all other infringements since ’34, there really are no legal remedies available to us otherwise law abiding citizens.


Torches, pitchforks, hot tar.


This is why it should be a requirement for any .gov employee to have their address be a published public record as a condition of employment.

Public employees eating on the citizen dime should not be able to live and tyrannize anonymously.


The next form will violate Amendment 4, asking about sales to FFLs dealers and pawn shops.


Thanks, another good laugh to start my morning. The sad part is it might become a reality.


Go out and buy a gun from a private party. Today!



What is a continuation sheet and since when do you need a 4473 to buy ammo?


You dont


Crumpy, does the gun control bill passed a few months ago both permit and fund the FBI running NICS checks for ammo purchases in States that implement such a requirement?


I thought the article would say the ATF was revising the Form to reflect multiple genders, maybe the 97 genders of San Fran and Paul Pelosi.


I live in KS and I have a good collection of guns,reloading equipment,plenty of store bought rounds i thought i would need when i knew this day would eventually arrive. I am done buying so i will never have my name on this new ATF form 4473 that now makes you a criminal if you want to resale that gun listed on the form.


No Wait!! in the next 2 years it get worse.

Dubi Loo

If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit.


Read more:  Under Creative Commons License: Attribution  Follow us: @Ammoland on Twitter | Ammoland on Facebook Some people don’t need to buy guns. They’ve stacked them away like cord wood and They have all they can ever use. Though they would buy them and want to buy them why should they lower themselves to put up with this unconstitutional .gov tracking bullshit? If I never filled out another 4473 my extended downstream family has guns for multiple lifetimes. I like gun stores. I have been buying guns for 45 years. I love buying guns. HOWEVER, at a certain point dealing with all the unconstitutional… Read more »


Where is crapistan? Another state I will avoid.



Crapistan is the shining example of ca


Oh, thanks. I love how we all have our own little hateful words that reflects what kind of love we have for that crapistan hole. I straight up call it Kommiefornia. The K is because when Arnold Schwarzenegger used to call it Kalifornia. The rest is because of what it is.

Take care


There is nothing to hide no one is looking for you and it is an entire state, isn’t it? Where is crapistan? Add another state to my list that I won’t go or move too.

Truth Jurist

I always get a chuckle when I read comment posts from the brain-washed stolen election crowd. You bastards are more of a threat to our constitution, our country, our democracy than any other enemy, foreign or domestic. Also, to you P.O.S. that served in the military and now post disinformation which includes alleged stolen elections, you have violated your oath and had more negative impact on the security of the US than any other enemy, either foreign or domestic.

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With friends like this……….


Egg Sucker!


Eggs aren’t the only thing he-she-it sucks!


Is this the new citizen values of America today? Good Lord I hope not. This person reflects all of the progressive propaganda available today. Truth Jurist, chuckle your way out of our country along with Mr Brooks of a previous article.

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Thank you for your thoughts CCP agent. Time is running out for you and your ilk.


Up yours you traitorous POS.


I always wonder when I see this type of comment whether it is a troll trying to get someone to say things that will get them in trouble and make us all look bad or a bot seeking the same result. Maybe it is from a person in another country that hates us, or maybe it’s a leftist in this country that hates us. At any rate, my observation about the name ” Truth Jurist ” reminding me of the traitorous ” Reality Winner ” seems quite appropriate after reading this post. He/she/it ? starts with a little chuckle and… Read more »


You are as stupid as you sound. Anybody knows the election was stolen. It only takes common sense to know it. So, you must not have any. So, go back to the hole or rock you from (under or out of) and resume what you were doing. If this is all the kind of bull crap you have, don’t come back.


OK “Truth” – exactly what have YOU done to make the Republic a better place, or even your local community for that matter. Besides bad mouthing a large percentage of that same Republic.

BTW – my parents were legally married when I was conceived so I do not ‘qualify’ for either of names you called us.


Your right. Our bad. Of course dead folks votes should count!
Come wake up!!