Updates from BATFE Import/Export Conference – PrinceLaw.com

Prince Law, one of my favorite legal sites for firearms and related items posted up an outline summary of the 13th Annual Firearms Import/Export Conference hosted by the the F.A.I.R. Trade Group and the NSSF.

Major highlights:

  1. the ATF is catching up on its backlog.
  2. E-Form 1’s are back online. Form 2s will be online later this year. Forms 3 & 4 will hopefully go live later on a completely new site.
  3. 90 days or less for marking variances (i.e. black-label manufacturing).
  4. Confirmed it is a violation for cloud-based A&D records.
  5. The ATF is working on a new NFA handbook. They want it to be complete before SHOT 2015.


Click the picture to be taken to the full synopsis on Prince Law’s site.

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • This is excellent news. I long for the days of 1 month or less form 1 and 4 turnarounds.

    • BryanS

      Could easily be addressed by removing suppressors and SBR/SBS from the NFA.

      • echelon

        Could be further addressed by removing the NFA and GCA…

        • BryanS

          “Putting machineguns on the streets” will not happen unless from a lame duck president or a SCOTUS smackdown.

          • echelon

            No, it will not happen because all of the wealthy machine gun collectors will not let it happen because then their precious “investments” will lose money.

            I truly believe the restrictions on our 2A rights could largely be removed by large gun lobbies and other organizations but that’s not in their agenda because they do not really want that to change.

          • Eric S

            If I ever won the lotto, funding the 2nd Amendment Foundation to tear down the NFA is in my top ten list. But part of me thinks that if it is struck down, it’s replacement will be more powerful than we could ever imagine.

    • nova3930

      One month is ridiculous. With available computer databases and tools, the process should basically be instant. In the year 2014, having a human being sitting there hand processing every application is asinine.

      • Phil Hsueh

        I think the time comes from having to input the information into the computer, the check itself is probably near instantaneous though. Unless the forms are online somebody is going to have gather up the papers, sort through them, and then enter all of the information on them into the computer for processing. This could be sped up through the use of some sort of online form whether through the ATF website, a PDF that’s e-mailed to the ATF, or some of computer system at gun stores that’s tied directly into the ATF.

        • nova3930

          I understand and agree, but my point till stands. Why in the year 2014 does it require manual data transfer and entry? As far as I can see there’s absolutely no need for a human in the loop at all. The state by state issues of what’s legal and what’s not are simple yes no logic that computers excel. You’re trying to transfer an SBR? Are SBRs legal in wheverever, yes or no? No, transfer denied. Fact is even the e-form system is ridiculously outdated when you get to the back end processing.

          • sauerquint

            Hasn’t there been alot of restrictions put in place by congress keeping the ATF from building any kind of database? I believe the reason was to prevent a back door registry of some sort. I’m pretty sure the forms I’ve filled have to be kept in paper form, never to be digitized.

      • I agree, but it is what it is.

  • Bob

    The TSA can do the same exact thing plus a evaluate a more extensive application and background check, personal interview, fingerprinting and photograph for $80-100 and it takes only 1 week for Trusted traveler/Global Entry