Multiple groups have confirmed that Examiners assigned to the NFA Division are deemed “non-essential personnel” and are not working during the shutdown, leaving Form 4’s and Form 1’s to stagnate.
Additionally, because ATF uses Bank of America (who ironically has a corporate-level anti-gun policy) to automatically process payments, the checks are still being cashed but the paperwork is going nowhere until the guv starts working again.
More in my column after the jump.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives has split its National Firearms Act branch into a separate division in hopes of providing more oversight and efficiency.
The new NFA Division will consist of an Industry Processing Branch, focusing on processing forms from the private sector, and a Government Support Branch centered on law enforcement.
The IPB will see the regulatory body dedicate an entire branch to handling the processing of consumer-directed documents including Form 1 and Form 4 applications for the making and transfer of NFA items such as suppressors, and short-barreled rifles and shotguns.
But what does this mean? I talked to the experts to find out…