This represented a radical re-interpretation of the Gun Control Act that has been on the books for more than four decades, and will likely cost businesses, and gun owners, more money.
According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), “As a consequence [of the new ruling], legitimate business-related shipments will now require the recipient to complete a Form 4473 and undergo a Brady criminal background check. In many instances, these requirements will force shipments to a third party, thereby lengthening the process and the time that the firearm is in transit.”
NSSF continued, “BATFE officials have acknowledged this is a radical change from BATFE’s long-standing interpretation that this was not a ‘transfer’ under the Gun Control Act that was set forth in a 1969 ruling… and further clarified in a 1972 ruling. In other words, BATFE is now saying its long-standing rulings, issued shortly after the Gun Control Act was enacted, were wrong.”
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“For more than four decades manufacturers have shipped firearms to agents for bona fide business purposes. BATFE is unable to identify a single instance during the past 40 years where a single firearm shipped in reliance upon BATFE's rulings was used in a crime.
This unwarranted reinterpretation of the law will cause significant disruption and additional costs for industry members and increase the cost of doing business, while doing nothing to advance public safety.” Read more.