ATF eForms Are Offline… Again… Maybe For a Long Time… Maybe Not
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If you currently own any NFA regulated devices such as short barreled rifles and/or suppressors you probably know how much of a headache filing the proper forms with the ATF is.
In response to criticism about the forms, the agency introduced an e-filing system that seemed like it would allow much faster filing and processing times. Good news for anyone who has ever waited 6+ months just to bring a suppressor home.
However, recently there have been issues, and then more issues.
Earlier this week, the ATF posted a message on their e-forms website that seemed to imply the forms would be offline for a long while. It read,
The eForms software is not performing to our expectations. As a result, we are taking the eForms system down until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we work with our industry partners to deliver a quality product. Any eForm submitted will continue to be processed. The finalized forms will be sent to the user via email.
Until the eForms system is returned to service for the industry, all imports forms (Forms 6 Part I and 6A), NFA forms (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 10), and AFMER reports (Form 5300.11) must be submitted via paper, including any eForms in draft status.
The ATF has since changed that language to the following,
Due to maintenance, the eForms system is unavailable. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience.
In the interim, all imports forms (Forms 6 Part I and 6A), NFA forms (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 10), and AFMER reports (Form 5300.11) must be submitted via paper, including any eForms in draft status.
So, basically, right now the system is down, maybe for a long time, maybe not. Maybe they’re currently making improvements, maybe they’re not.