Have you bought a gun this week? No? Me neither, more’s the pity. But our punctilious pals at the ATF put a new 4473 form into service as of Monday and it’s a little different from the previous model. To wit: they want to make damned sure whether or not you’re Hispanic or Latino. The old form had a checkbox labeled Hispanic or Latino just like all the other ethnic flavors they saw fit to categorize. The revised 4473 keeps the old H or L box, but adds an additional one labeled Not Hispanic or Latino. Huh? Apparently leaving the H or L box unchecked isn’t clear enough any more . . .
Now you’ll have to affirmatively assert your non-Hispanicness or anti-Lantinotude. This also means that if you don’t happen to be an H or an L, you’ll now have to check two boxes: no, you’re not H or L and yes to whatever else describes your particular ancestors best.
Maybe the ATFers see this as a way to help the New York Times more clearly identify the George Zimmermans (white Hispanics) of the world. And while they haven’t added any more negative checkboxes yet (i.e. Not Pakistani), it’s probably only a matter of time before they sprout like mushrooms in order to better slice and dice the gun-buying community. Bring your cheaters next time you pull the trigger on a new heater. The type’s gonna get pretty small.