Government Shutdown Effects NFA Transfers


At 12:01AM EST on October 1, 2013, the United States government began the “orderly shutdown due to absence of appropriations” according to OMB Memo M-13-24.  This shutdown is resulting in massive furloughs for federal employees, including those at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (BATFE, formerly ATF).    The ATF is the agency responsible for approval of NFA firearms transfers, particularly the NFA Enforcement Branch located in West Virginia.  The question my clients and friends have been asking me is “How the government shutdown effects NFA transfers?”

While several NFA Enforcement Branch employees are currently in the office, when I spoke to them this morning (10/1/13) they indicated they are working with a skeleton crew until full shutdown takes effect.

 The Government Shutdown effects NFA Transfers as follows:


  • Processing of transfer applications (Form 1, 3, 4, etc.) is stopped for all NFA Gun Trusts, Corporations, and Individuals;
  • Form 4, Form 1 and transfer application status inquiries will not be answered.


Please remember, the examiners at the ATF are doing all they can given the very difficult work environment they are operating in.  If you are calling them please remember that these hard working individuals are not responsible for the government shutdown, nor how the government shutdown effects NFA transfers, but are suffering from it as well.

While the government shutdown effects NFA transfers, I can still get started writing you Ohio NFA Gun Trust so that when the government starts back up you are good to go!

Call (937) 435-9999 or email me today so I can get working for you on your NFA Gun Trust.

–          Erik R. Blaine, Esq. –

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