According to our friends at NSSF®, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has begun mailing starter packets of the new Form 4473 to all Federal Firearm License holders. FFLs who pre-ordered the 2020 Form 4473 should receive their starter packets soon, and NICS is now accepting background checks for customers filling out the new form online and at the call center.
Since the 2020 Form 4473 contains substantial changes over the previous form, NSSF is the first to offer a suite of must-have training courses on the new form and a breakdown of its changes. The series, entitled “Completing the Form 4473 2020 Version,” is now live at the SHOT University™ Online education center.
Completing the Form 4473 2020 Version
The course is broken up into three easy modules, and is designed to review critical elements of the new form’s use and purpose, as well as to review tips for identifying and correcting common errors made by both buyers and sellers.
- Module 1: Overview of Form 4473 (30-minute duration)
- Module 2: Completing Form 4473, Sections A-B (50-minute duration
- Module 3: Completing Form 4473, Sections C-E (30-minute duration)
Who Needs 2020 Form 4473 Training?
All FFL counter salespeople, compliance officers, records keepers and license holders should consider these SHOT University Online courses to be mandatory training. FFLs utilizing the NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) E-check platform, which is now live with the updated electronic form should, also consider this to be mandatory training.
SHOT University Online Is Available Only to NSSF Members
“Completing the Form 4473 2020 Version” is only available at SHOT University Online, but is included FREE with a paid NSSF membership. In fact, as a benefit to members, all courses at SHOT University Online are offered for free.
The training you will receive from this course alone is worth far more than the cost of the NSSF membership. Not only does this training ensure an uncomplicated transition to the new form, it helps ensure your FFL is prepared for an ATF compliance audits in which your 4473 records will be thoroughly reviewed.
Originally published August 13th, 2020.