Folks, this letter has just been sent by the ATF to dealers. This is the first time, to my knowledge, that the ATF has allowed this. This means that so many weapons have been sold in this country that the volume has outstripped the ability of the ATF to provide forms to cover it. I LOVE it.
U.S. Department of Justice
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Washington, DC 20226
January 6, 2009
Notice to All Federal Firearms LicenseesRegarding ATF Form 4473 Shortage
As a result of an unprecedented increase in demand for ATF Forms 4473 (5300.9) Part I Revised August 2008, inventory of the form at the ATF Distribution Center is running low.
As a temporary measure, ATF is allowing FFLs to photocopy the form 4473 in it’s entirety until they receive their orders from the ATF Distribution Center. A notice will be posted at the expiration of this temporary authorized change.