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Old 04-14-2017, 12:01 PM   #1
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I wonder if this will change waiting times?

http://www.guns.com/2017/04/13/atf-a...eorganization/

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives has split its National Firearms Act branch into a separate division in hopes of providing more oversight and efficiency.

The new NFA Division will consist of an Industry Processing Branch, focusing on processing forms from the private sector, and a Government Support Branch centered on law enforcement.

The IPB will see the regulatory body dedicate an entire branch to handling the processing of consumer-directed documents including Form 1 and Form 4 applications for the making and transfer of NFA items such as suppressors, and short-barreled rifles and shotguns.

Dillon McConnell, a public affairs specialist with the ATF, told Guns.com the agency has increased the number of Legal Instruments Examiners — specialists who process these forms — from nine in 2012 to 27 today to address “unprecedented” volumes of NFA applications. The new branch will also strive to leverage “technology enhancements” moving forward.

“In addition, contract staff augment the government staff in the areas of customer service, data entry, and application research,” McConnell said.

As illustrated by statistics maintained by the ATF, over the decade between 2004 -2014 the number of NFA forms processed ballooned sevenfold from 193,224 to 1,370,344. This has also led to increasingly long waits. According to information compiled by NFA Tracker, who survey Form 1 and Form 4 application processes, the average wait time from purchase to tax stamp received ranges between 180-270 days.

Suppressor industry advocates welcomed the news, but feel more can be done.

“Regardless of the reasons, the current wait times for NFA applications are inexcusable,” Knox Williams, president and executive director of the American Suppressor Association, told Guns.com. “The restructuring of the new NFA Division is a clear indicator to us that the ATF is doing the best it can to address the situation, but their hands are largely tied. We applaud them for their efforts, and will do everything in our power to assist and enhance their ability to more efficiently process forms.”

Williams contends one fast cure to the long waits is for legislative correction by removing suppressors from NFA regulation and treating them like regular firearms.

In an 11-page internal document penned by the ATF’s associate deputy director and chief operating officer Ronald B. Turk earlier this year, keeping suppressors chained to tax stamps and NFA forms was identified as a known bottleneck.

“Since silencers account for the vast majority of NFA applications, the most direct way to reduce processing times is to reduce the number of silencer applications,” Turk stated. “In light of the expanding demand and acceptance of silencers, however, that volume is unlikely to diminish unless they are removed from the NFA.”

Williams agrees. “At the end of the day though, it’s important to note that they are still working with an 83-year-old processing system that won’t be fully fixed until major reform like the Hearing Protection Act is passed,” he said.

Government Support Branch

The second arm of the newly separate NFA Division will be more centered on industry affairs such as processing Special Occupation Tax applications for those importing, manufacturing or dealing in NFA items. The group will also handle the paperwork associated with NFA items used by law-enforcement and government entities such as Form 10s and 479.33 exemptions as well as process Freedom of Information Act requests for the division.

Larry Keane, the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s senior vice president and general counsel, told Guns.com he hopes the move leads to a better experience for all involved. “We hope it will help to enhance and further streamline ATF’s customer service to industry,” he said

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Old 04-14-2017, 12:06 PM   #2
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I won't hold my breath. I do not believe anything the government says anymore. Just what I see them actually accomplish.
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Old 04-14-2017, 12:24 PM   #3
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removing suppressors from the NFA would have been an easier/better solution
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Old 04-14-2017, 12:27 PM   #4
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removing suppressors from the NFA would have been an easier/better solution
Yes I agree and won't cost tax payers ...

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Old 04-14-2017, 12:31 PM   #5
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so, if i read that right there are 27 people who examine all the Form4 applications? Seems like they need to get a better process in place and start working on the hearing protection act.
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Old 04-14-2017, 12:36 PM   #6
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It's bout the $
Take 1,370,344 x $200= $274,068,800 in ten years which costs the government 27 employees X $75,000 yr x 10 yrs 750,000x27yr = 20,250,000
For a profit of
$ 250,000,000
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Old 04-14-2017, 12:47 PM   #7
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Old 04-14-2017, 12:51 PM   #8
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I won't hold my breath. I do not believe anything the government says anymore. Just what I see them actually accomplish.
Which is... ?? ... wasting my tax dollars

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Old 04-14-2017, 01:03 PM   #9
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Why is it that the USA is one of few countries in the world you have to jump though a lot of hoops to buy or own a silencer?
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Old 04-14-2017, 01:06 PM   #10
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Yep. All for gun mufflers and artificially created definitions of rifles and shotguns.

Job security for the bureaucrats


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Old 04-14-2017, 01:09 PM   #11
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Which is... ?? ... wasting my tax dollars

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Old 04-14-2017, 01:15 PM   #12
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removing suppressors from the NFA would have been an easier/better solution
Would it? Would'nt that require a vote by congress? Which has shown, it can't agree on anything.
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Old 04-14-2017, 04:54 PM   #13
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I'm not sure how this will improve anything. Who cares about the internal structure? If they don't add examiners to process it's the same old same old. "Leveraging technology advancements" sounds like an improvement that's available today that gets implemented 7 years from now, when there's an improvement available that's about 50x better. Sounds like a bunch of gobly-gook to me.


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Old 04-14-2017, 08:03 PM   #14
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I sent a email of complaint to the ATF last night about the wait times, the following response came back early this morning.

Mike,

The NFA Branch processes many other forms besides the form 1. The forms are processed in order received. The $200 does not come to the NFA budget. ATF has hired over 20 examiners in the last two years to reduce the workload. The 41F law changed created a mass influx of applications. The NFA Branch is processing more forms on a weekly basis than ever before.

Jason S. Bowers
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF)
NFA Branch
244 Needy Rd.
Martinsburg, WV 25404
Voice- (304) 616-4574
Fax-(304) 616-4501
Email- Jason.bowers@atf.gov
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