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ATF cashed my check, but too soon?

Discussion in 'NFA Weapon Discussion' started by Retro, Jun 16, 2014.

  1. Retro

    Retro Seattle Area New Member

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    So this is my first suppressor and I've been seeing the Form 4 wait times at 9+ months. I submitted my Form 4 paper copy early last month (May). I just checked my bank account and the ATF cashed my check 06/12/2014! I was told that once the check gets cashed its a 1-2 month wait. If that was true, purchase to approval (I hope) would have been 2.5 months. Can anyone here give me more info on this part of the process?
     
  2. lmspdx

    lmspdx Portland New Member

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    I hate to rain on your parade....but you may have heard 1-2 months to go "pending" status. Sounds like you have a bit of a wait ahead of you.

    Here's a handy website to keep tabs on wait times:
    http://www.nfatracker.com/TrendGraph.aspx
     
  3. Retro

    Retro Seattle Area New Member

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    Thanks for the link, that does help. I'm not getting my hopes up, though those wait times don't look as bad as I expected. I also have a couple of friends who submitted their forms over 3 months before me and are still waiting for their checks to be cashed.
     
  4. lmspdx

    lmspdx Portland New Member

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    Just out of curiosity, where are you sending your paperwork?
     
  5. Retro

    Retro Seattle Area New Member

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    My local gun shop took care of sending the paperwork so i'm not sure. It was just after eforms were taken down so had to be paper.
     
  6. SCARed

    SCARed Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Checks usually get cashed a couple weeks/a month after mailing the paperwork in. You've still got 9mos or so to go.
     
  7. Doc In UPlace

    Doc In UPlace Tacoma-ish Well-Known Member

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    Here's how it works,

    You send in your stuff and they cash your check right away.
    Then you try to stop thinking about it, and every time you do, time goes slower.

    There will be some merciful days when you forget to think about it. But then you will start obsessing on the wait and that'll make up for those 'missed' days.

    You will visit the NFA tracker site WAY more than you should, and will study the photos and blueprints of your can until you know it better than your wife or girlfriend. The tracker graph may become your computer's desktop wallpaper.

    About six months in, you think you're gonna die and wish you never started this whole thing, but you somehow live, anyway. About this time you will have a bunch of screen shots of the bar graphs showing "35% of people have their stamps by now."

    Then about the 8th month you are wondering why it doesn't get any easier, because it seems worse than ever. This continues unabated, until finally you get the call. Your stamp is here.

    For me that was 10 1/2 months from start to finish. Good luck. ;)
     
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  8. rj112275

    rj112275 New Member

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    Yep, my guess is 9 months from time check was cashed. Might be a little sooner, but don't get too excited before 2015
     
  9. jekbrown

    jekbrown vancouver, WA, USA, Earth, Sol, Milky Way Active Member

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    I like that this site exists, but the recent downward trajectory seems fishy to me. I know more than a few people that have experienced 10+ month wait times and got their stamp recently. Me thinks the chart should show a reversal of fortunes soon.
     
  10. Retro

    Retro Seattle Area New Member

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    Thanks everyone for the information. I guess I'll just try to put it out of my mind (as though that is going to happen) and start playing the waiting game. Maybe if I buy a new gun that will take my mind off it for awhile. Only one way to find out.
     
  11. PDXSparky

    PDXSparky Keizer / Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    Or buy another suppressor....
     
  12. Stumps

    Stumps Ashford, WA Member

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    The check for my SBR was cashed 8 days after I handed it over to the dealer. I have a long wait ahead, but have been down this road many times.
     
  13. Doc In UPlace

    Doc In UPlace Tacoma-ish Well-Known Member

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    Stumps you are ahead of everybody else submitting today. There is that, at least. :)
     
  14. Doc In UPlace

    Doc In UPlace Tacoma-ish Well-Known Member

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    Nope. If you bought a jet airplane you would still be thinking about that stamp while you flew around.
     
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  15. telero

    telero Salem area, Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Part of the reason for the downward trend is that NFA branch hired more people, are working overtime, and are working weekends and holidays.
     
  16. madmax

    madmax woodburn Active Member

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    I tell everyone its a year plus from the time you buy the NFA iteam to the day you actually get to take it home

    Never buy from one dealer and have him send it your FFL. that adds 3 months. find a dealer in your state that has what you want. even if its a six hour drive. six hours is less then 3 months
     
  17. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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