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NICS Update on July 31, 2012

NICS Update on July 31, 2012

New Version ATF Form 4473

1). The Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Training, and Explosives (ATF) has started distributing a new version of ATF Form 4473 to all FFLs to prepare for the upcoming changes on July 9, 2012. These forms are not to be used until July 9, 2012. If you have not read the open letters published on the ATF website, you can view them at http://www.atf.gov/firearms/open-letters/index.html. The open letters pertaining to these changes were published on December 8, 2011, “Future Amendment of Nonimmigrant Alien Provisions” and December 22, 2011, “State of Residence.” In short, as of July 9, 2012, it will no longer be necessary to collect a nonimmigrant’s 90 days proof of residency. In addition, only a nonimmigrant admitted under a nonimmigrant visa is required to have an exception. (Refer to question 11 and 12 on the ATF Form 4473).

To prepare for the upcoming changes, when an FFL calls to conduct a background check on a non-U.S. citizen (alien), the NICS Contracted Call Center and E-Check no longer ask, “What exception did the buyer provide?” The question now asked by the NICS Contracted Call Center and E-Check is, “What response was provided on Question 12?” The FFL response should be “Yes,” “No,” or “Not answered.”

2). The Race question (current ATF Form question 10) on the new version of the ATF Form 4473 will be captured with two separate questions.

10a. Ethnicity

10b. Race

The NICS Contracted Call Center will ask:

How did the customer respond to 10a?

Valid Response for 10a:

        • Hispanic or Latino
        • Not Hispanic or Latino

10b?

Valid Responses (multiple responses can be received) for 10b:

        • American Indian or Alaska Native
        • Asian
        • Black or African American
        • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
        • White

Attention:

  • All FFLs: The Ethnicity (10a) and Race (10b) are both required fields.
  • E-Check Users: If the customer selects “Not Hispanic or Latino,” provide the code or codes listed in question 10b.
  • The POC states have been notified of these modifications/changes.

New Additions to the NICS FFL Website

Contact the NICS FFL Liaison Specialist—E-mail the NICS Liaison Specialist with questions and/or comments.

NICS Resolution Cards for Your Denied/Delayed Customers—Now you and/or your employees (if they have Internet access) can get online and order NICS Resolution Cards (50 card limit per request).

Receive NICS Messages—FFLs and their employees can receive updates through a list server. The list serve will allow the FFL to be informed of system changes/outages/general updates etc. The FFL can add their e-mail address, request the e-mail address on file to be replaced with a new e-mail address, or ask to be removed from the e-mail list altogether. There is no limit to how many store employees can request updates. To be added to the list, you will need the store’s FFL number. E-mails will be sent from the e-mail address nicsfflupdates@leo.gov. You will not have the ability to respond or reply to messages. Of course, you know you can always contact me personally with any questions or concerns.

Receive NICS Messages—FFLs and their employees can now receive e-mails pertaining to NICS system changes/outages/general updates etc. Sign up to be added to the distribution list by clicking the “Receive NICS Messages” on the NICS FFL website. The FFL will have the option to add their e-mail address, request the e-mail address on file be replaced with a new e-mail address, or ask to be removed from the e-mail list all together. There is no limit to how many store employees can request updates. The FFL number is a requirement for any request. Once added to the list, e-mails will be received from nicsfflupdates@leo.gov.