After waiting nearly a year and a half for two ATF Form 4s to clear NFA purgatory, the last thing I wanted to hear was that my paperwork had been returned to my dealer with an error letter. Even worse is that I had no one to blame but myself. So as a warning to anyone who is getting ready to submit ATF forms as part of an application to transfer or make NFA items, I am issuing this public safety announcement: don’t forget to f*^%ing sign them.
The paperwork and process to transfer NFA items like silencers isn’t hard – a little personal information here, a photograph there, throw in some fingerprint cards and you are done. However, you have to sign and date the forms. Sounds pretty simple, but when you are filling out four at a time, some critical fields can be lost in the fog. So don’t forget to sign your f*^%ing forms.
After signing my f*^%ing forms, I sent them all back to the NFA Division in West Virginia via overnight priority U.S. mail. With any luck, I should have an approval in a couple of weeks. In some way, the delay in approval being my own fault has helped with my mourning period. Now I don’t have a nameless, faceless process to blame. Only myself.
If only I had signed my f*^%ing forms! It’s probably easier if if can all be handled digitally.
Thanks for letting me vent.