GUN Are the Form 4473s in ATF possesion classified as public record?

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  1. PanzerAce

    PanzerAce Active Member

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  2. Aequitas

    Aequitas If it keeps on raining, levee's going to break.

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    I was always under the impression they never left the gun store unless the ATF had a reason to confiscate them. If they ATF does have them I'd have to say it would be incumbent upon what the purpose was behind their confiscation.
     
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    when a gun store goes out of business, they turn the records over to the ATF. I'm wondering if they are public records once that has happened :o
     
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    Aequitas If it keeps on raining, levee's going to break.

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    Call and ask. :dunno:
     
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    Soybomb New Member

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    As far as I know the atf has some amount of trouble even locating what they have for traces.

    Anyway
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Form_4473
    These forms are given the same status as a tax return under the Privacy Act of 1974 and cannot be disclosed to private parties or government officials without a proper warrant.
     
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    cool, thanks. Didn't even think that wiki would have that.
     
  7. THT

    THT The easy way is always mined

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    I wonder what the ATF's reason was when they came to the two local stores with a laptop and copied every single 4473 over the course of three days? :squint:
     
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  11. PanzerAce

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    For that, they can't copy them. They can only look at them :o
     
  12. idleprocess

    idleprocess Bring a dollar with you baby in the cold cold grou

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    ...and manually enter them into a database. Plenty of court records that can't be copied that are manually harvested that way year in and year out.
     
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    THT The easy way is always mined

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    I despise the ATF...

    If I ever have to register a lower with them, I might put in the descriptive remarks section:

    "Agents That Fly can
    Suckle and kiss my gonads
    I want full-auto."
     

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