Author Archives: John Pierce

ATF is promising to return eForms to service in “the short term”

Today the ATF sent out a letter detailing their plans for eForms.  The good news is that they plan for eForms to return to service very quickly. They took the time to explain why the existing eForms system became overwhelmed.  … Continue reading

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Can you add a vertical fore-grip to an AR pistol?

 In the article I posted last week  about the Sig Sauer stabilizing brace I included a picture of a reviewer shooting an AR pistol equipped with the brace. The pistol in the picture also featured a vertical fore-grip and I … Continue reading

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Does shoulder-firing an AR pistol equipped with a pistol brace make it an SBR?

It is an undisputed fact that putting a shoulder stock on an AR pistol will result in a short-barreled rifle (SBR) subject to regulation under the National Firearms Act (NFA). However, Sig Sauer sells a stabilizing brace that looks an … Continue reading

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The end of eForms?

For NFA collectors and dealers the ATF’s eForms system has been both a stunning success and a frustrating challenge. The simplified application process and greatly reduced processing times undeniably made eForms the preferred method for submitting your NFA applications.  However, … Continue reading

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What do I need to do when my tax stamp arrives?

For an NFA collector it is truly a special day when an approved Form 4 and the accompanying tax stamp finally arrive.  After all, you have waited long months for this day and suddenly it is here. But don’t be … Continue reading

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What do I need to do regarding my NFA items when I move?

Probably the single question I am asked most frequently by NFA trust clients is “What do I need to do when I move?” When I mentioned this to one of my law school classmates (who does not own any NFA … Continue reading

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Do I need to submit a 5330.20 if I am using eForms?

For those of you who are not familiar with ATF Form 5330.20, it is also known as a Certification of Compliance with 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(5)(B). For those who are still lost, it is a form on which an NFA applicant … Continue reading

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An update on eForms

If you have tried to create an account or submit an application at ATFOnline.gov over the last few weeks you are probably aware that the site is experiencing occasional performance issues. Given the warm response that eForms has received from … Continue reading

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What happens when the trustee that registered a machine gun in Virginia dies?

Following last week’s series of updates concerning whether or not a machine gun may be registered to a trust in Virginia, a client asked me a question that I did not have an immediate answer for. “Since the Virginia State … Continue reading

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ATF releases current processing times for applications

ATF’s Office of Enforcement Programs and Services has posted a chart showing processing times  for certain submitted documents or forms. The current chart contains data through December 2013 and they do not make it clear whether data from the eForms … Continue reading

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