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From the NRA-ILA

On December 23, ATF launched a new system for applicants to complete various forms that ATF is responsible for administrating. For most gun owners, this change will primarily impact how applications for firearms regulated under the National Firearms Act (“NFA”) are processed.

Anyone who has submitted an NFA application in recent years is familiar with the long wait associated with acquiring any firearm regulated under the NFA. This wait is in large part due to the antiquated process used to process NFA applications combined with the recent growth in acquisition of NFA firearms.

ATF’s existing paper process for NFA applications dates back to the implementation of the NFA in 1934, but, in recent years, it has proven incapable of dealing with larger numbers of applications. According to ATF’s Annual Statistical Update, in 1990, ATF processed only 173,340 total NFA forms (Forms 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 9). In 2020, that number reached 2,409,585. With more than an order of magnitude of change in the last 30 years, it was easy to see that ATF needed to change the application process.

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Jeremy S. for TTAG

While it would be better for gun owners if there simply were no taxation and registration scheme required to acquire NFA firearms, simplifying the current process and reducing wait times is certainly a step in the right direction.

Here is the information ATF has provided on the new system:

Important Notices for eForms Users

Welcome to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’s Modernized eForms Application

The goal of the “modernized eForms” is to provide ATF with an infusion of technology to provide better services to the regulated industries and the public. This much needed modernization will reduce the effort and time required to review and process ATF applications, specifically the ATF Forms 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 6A, 9, 10 and 5300.11. If you have used our previous version of eForms your User Id will remain the same, however you will have to use the “Forgot password” functions to create a new password. The new eForms will give you access to many valuable services of the new and improved eForms application. All eForms users will have to create a PIN for authentication of their submissions. When the PIN is created, it establishes a trusted relationship with the identity provider and creates an asymmetric key pair that is used for authentication of the user.

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Short-barrle rifle (Jeremy S. for TTAG)

If you are an existing eForms user, all your previous submissions will transfer to the new system. However, the pdf of your forms may not be migrated over on the first day. If your pdf is not available, please check your email as you would have received a copy from the eforms system at the time of submission and final approval.

Are you a returning registered eForms user? You will need to click on the ‘Forgot Password” button on the eForms landing page. Then you will be asked to provide your eForms ID and your email address. If your email is unique to you, i.e., not shared with others within your organization, you will be asked to change your password and create a PIN that will be used for the submission of your eForms. If you are using a shared email address you will be asked to contact our Help Desk for assistance with your first time log in. If you need additional instructions click on the following link:

New to eforms? For instructions on how to register the following link:

Introducing: eForms User Services: “eForms User Services” is different from the ATF Help Desk, whose primary responsibility will be to unlock user accounts and assisting users in resetting their password and/or PINs. It consists of EPS Admins responding to business process specific questions as it relates to the submission of eForms applications. This service is temporary service that is only available for the first 60 days of the implementation of the modernized eForms initiative.  Our goal is to have a response back to the user within 24-72 hours. 

eForms User Services is the primary point of contact for technology questions, problems, and issues. Users can contact eForms User Services directly with all technology questions, using the following email addresses below:

For eForms registrations questions: [email protected]

For eForms National Firearms Act questions: [email protected]

For eForms NFA Special Occupational Tax questions: [email protected]

For eForms imports questions: [email protected]

For eForms Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Exportation Report Questions: [email protected]

Below are some of the information technology services and resources that are available to you as a user of eForms:

    • Use of Smarter Technology – to improve customer service and to build a foundation for future enhancements such as Application Programming Interface (API) and Captcha.
    • The ATF eForm 4 is back – you are now able to submit the ATF Form 4 electronically through eForms.
    • Electronic Submission of ATF Forms 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 6A, 9, 10, and 5300 – you are now able to submit any of these applications with the required electronic documents
    • Electronic Submission of Fingerprint Cards for the Form 4 – you are now able to attach your “digital fingerprint cards” to your submission.
    • Enhanced Validations – we have built in validations to ensure that the upfront validations of your data occur prior to submission.
    • PIN – submission of all forms will be validated by a user PIN as part of the submission process.
    • Rules of Behavior – establishment of defined ‘Rules of Behavior” that have to be accepted in order to proceed with the use of eForms.
    • “Ask the Expert” – online submission of questions to Subject Matter Experts (SME’s).
    • Self-service Support – for forgotten passwords and PINs.
    • Increase in the size of Electronic Documents – the size of the electronic documents has changed from 3MB to 30MB.


The NRA Institute for Legislative Action is the lobbying arm of the National Rifle Association of America.

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  1. My last e-file was approved in less than three weeks this was a form 1, I will be submitting some form 4 suppressor applications in the coming months hopefully wait times are drastically reduced.

  2. What is the suppressor on the sig p365 on the 2nd pic? It looks larger than 1.5″ diameter, but the sig is a little guy. Thinking of doing an F1 for a 1.625 or 1.75″ can.

  3. One of my local dealers showed me the letter from BATFE which stated that they hope to have the backlog substantially cleared by the END of 2022 (even by that time BATFE is only offering a return of 90 days or thereabouts). It appears to me, that many distributors, dealers and blogs are ignoring that small part of the Letter and pushing a narrative of: “your Form 4’s will automagically start returning in mere weeks beginning immediately”. Dealer also informed me that the eForm system has crashed repeatedly since mid-December when the final testing was initiated.

    I guess that time will tell which group is closer to the truth of how well and fast eForm 4’s are processed.

    • Interesting. With two minutes left on the Edit clock I tried to add a sentence and was informed that “I did not have authorization to edit this comment”.

      Oh well…

      I tried to add that I am sincerely hoping that the eForm system works as designed because I want to add a Hybrid 46 can to my menagerie.

  4. Oh fck me running in third gear.
    eee forms what could go wrong.
    Luckily thanx to Bill Cliton I’ve got enough gunms and emu to arms a small cartoon ,always like more but dont Need them. So if its eee forms exclusively I’ll pass.

    • “…enough gunms and emu to arms a small cartoon…”

      Your command of Possum English is superb.

      Thank you for the best guffaw in days!

  5. Computer info can be lost more easily than a paper form. And an e-form does not mean the lengthy background check will be any faster nor should it be. That is why far fewer criminals ever get qualified for a NFA weapon than they do with the Brady Background Check for normal gun purchases because the NFA check is so much more extensive. It still takes a lot of time to check a persons past thoroughly.

    I find it really laughable that Silencers are now “the in thing to have”. Every one has to have one if their buddy Joe Blow has one. They never ask themselves the simple question “What good is this thing unless I plan on murdering someone”?

    Lets face facts it costs you $200 tax plus many times over $1,000 for a decent silencer when you could have bought a $20 pair of ear muffs. Does this make any sense? Only to “the low grey matter crowd” who has more money than brains.

    And do not bother to mouth off the wild stories of using them when hunting. I have never run into a hunter that had a silencer. And if you want to save hearing while hunting we had the Lee Sonic Ear valves way back in the 1960’s that let you hear normal noises and closed up when a gun went off and they were only a couple of dollars. And ditto for todays modern electronic muffs. Even at $50 a piece you could buy 24 of them compared to the cost of a silencer and hang them on every tree and bush.

    I have never understood the Far Right. They are the stingiest and cheapest people when it comes to buying something necessary like replacing car tires or changing their oil or paying a few pennies more in taxes for necessary social programs but they think nothing of blowing $1,200 or more on a silencer that is as useless as nipples on a Black Angus Bull. But hey, it looks cool on Joe Blows rifle so I have to have one too.

    As P.T. Barnum once said “There is a sucker born every minute”.

    • “…plus many times over $1,000 for a decent silencer when you could have bought a $20 pair of ear muffs.”

      That’s just the price they quoted a fuckwit like yourself for a can… 🙂

        • Thank you, thank you, as Ralph has been known to say, “I’ll be here all week, please tip your waitresses…” 😉

      • My hunting buddy and I have been using cans for the last two seasons in Montana (Harvester 300 for him and a Radiant 7.62 for me). It is nice to naturally hear what’s going around you and not to have to find / insert ear pro when you sight that perfect elk…or lacking the ear pro or time to use it not suffering that persistent ringing of inner ear damage.

        Dacian embarrasses his sponsors every time he opens his big, fat keyboard.

  6. All I read from this is, “We’ve invested so much money in making this, and we’re making nearly a half-billion annually from all the folks who don’t mind the $200.00 infringement on their rights, that we’re never going to let the HPA pass.”

    • “we’re making nearly a half-billion annually”

      … You are aware ATF doesn’t keep that money, right? It goes straight to the National Treasury.

      • National Treasury. Meaning our International enemies, welfare recipients, millions of Biden invaders, and Squad Bolshevik destroy America projects.

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