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ATF rules on FAX Copies.

ATF Rules on FAX Copies

The latest tip for gun dealers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) concerns the use of fax copies.

ATF reports it has received numerous inquiries over the past several years regarding the use of facsimile transmitted copies of federal firearms licenses, import applications, National Firearms Act (NFA) manufacture and transfer documents.

An ATF spokesman indicated, "Firearms licensees cannot make transfers to other firearms licensees unless they have a certified copy of the transferee's license containing an original signature. Therefore, fax copies of federal firearms licenses cannot be used."

However, ATF has recently established procedures for the submission of ATF Forms 2, 3, 5, 6 and 9 and the International Import Certificates via fax. This procedure also is available for use with Application for Tax Exempt Transfer and Registration of a Firearm (ATF Form 5) only in those instances where the application is not accompanied by fingerprint cards and photographs.

The use of fax is available only to federally licensed importers and other federal firearms licensees who have paid the special occupational tax to import, manufacture or deal in NFA firearms.

The ATF spokesman pointed out, "If you use the fax, the person who will file the forms must first submit to ATF an affidavit declaring, under penalty of perjury, that certain conditions will be met as outlined below.

"The affidavit must include your name, trade name (if any), street address, city, state and zip code; your federal firearms license number; employer identification number and/or Arms Control Act Number (if applicable).

"The affidavit needs to be submitted only once unless a different person will be signing or transmitting the forms. In that case, a new affidavit must be included and it must be signed in ink by the person submitting the forms."
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Title Annotation:Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, facsimile transmission
Publication:Shooting Industry
Date:Jul 1, 1990
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