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ATF Form 4 timeline questions

Discussion in 'NFA Weapon Discussion' started by korntera, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. korntera

    korntera Oregon Member

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    I sent my paperwork to the ATF a few weeks ago. After they cash my check how long does it take to get back? is it the sort of thing where they open the envelope, cash the check then "get around to it when they have the time" or do the finish everything up and when the check clears I know my tax stamp is in the mail? I heard they are anywhere between 30 to 90 days, obviously I am hoping for the 30 lol.
     
  2. The Duck

    The Duck Oregon Active Member

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    If your check is cashed, you are good to go... That is the last thing which they do after processing your paperwork. They dispose of the check if you failed the background check or did not like your paperwork and send you a letter stating so.

    For time line, I do not know... Maybe a few weeks after the check is cashed.
     
  3. BIG_GUNNUT

    BIG_GUNNUT North Central Oregon Active Member

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    That is not correct. The check is the first thing they cash. Then they forward the paperwork to West Virginia. Then the wait begins. With all that is happening you could possibly expect a wait of up to 4 months.:(
     
  4. stitchclimber

    stitchclimber St. Louis Active Member

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    So if they cash your check and then deny you do they cut you a new check? The reason I ask is that my check just got cashed after a month of being with the BATF, but I'm pretty sure my FFL screwed up the paperwork.
     
  5. Deavis

    Deavis Mid Willamette Valley Active Member

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    They have an internal policy of 90 days.... my first one was 5 months....and it took a call to my congressman (Then Stan Bunn, who was an NRA member) to get it done. At that time (95) they had NFA clerks throwing forms away because they had too much work to do.... My subsequent forms have been approved in less than a month.
     
  6. korntera

    korntera Oregon Member

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    When you say "subsequent forms" do you mean within the past few weeks, months or years? I sent my paperwork in end of december I think on the 30th, and my check got cashed the day i posted this. So am i still looking at waiting 120 more days maybe?
     
  7. graydog

    graydog Aloha,Oregon Member

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    I just sold an SMG that only took 3 weeks to process paperwork!It's a lot better than in the '80's.
     
  8. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    3-5 months
     
  9. BIG_GUNNUT

    BIG_GUNNUT North Central Oregon Active Member

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    I've had Form 3's take longer than that.:(
     
  10. BIG_GUNNUT

    BIG_GUNNUT North Central Oregon Active Member

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    It's just a waiting game. You never know. A lot has to do with the examiner. The Form 4's I've done normally took about 8 weeks, but that was before the BIG rush.
     
  11. Deavis

    Deavis Mid Willamette Valley Active Member

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    When I had my trouble in 1995 that took the Congressman's help the ATF/NFA clerks just shined me and gave me the total run-a-round on the phone. It was hideous. I asked for a supervisor repeatedly and got x-fered to dead end phones. Sups were always out to lunch and/or in a meeting. I asked for their office of professional responsibility etc and got blown off. About the same time Soldier of Fortune (I think) wrote and article about the derelect NFA clerks.

    Since then it has gotten a lot better. (I only have 4 other form 4s/1s) If it went long and you felt like they were messing with you I would get on the phone to Washington (your rep) - But I have not heard those kind of horror stories in over a decade.
     
  12. pr787lv

    pr787lv somewhere in the NW Member

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    I submitted a Form 1 in late Oct. Cashed the check right away. Just called and said it finally got to the examiner. Submitted a Form 4 the first week of Dec. Same thing with the check. But, the form does not pop up in their tracking "system". Their retort was "we are several weeks backlogged".
     
  13. korntera

    korntera Oregon Member

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    Tracking system? do you have any links to this so I can maybe track mine?
     
  14. pr787lv

    pr787lv somewhere in the NW Member

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    Sure, just click on 304-616-4500. :p

    Have the device serial number at hand. If it is in the system, they can locate it quickly with just your name and s/n. If they ask for tranferrer name, it probably is not in the system, yet.

    Visit http://www.titleii.com/, maintained by our own Dan Brew.
     
  15. korntera

    korntera Oregon Member

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    Thanks for the info!
     
  16. terrylf72

    terrylf72 Portland, Oregon, United States Member

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    Ok a little off topic but in the same area.. How much more work is it to get an FFL. Have wanted one for a few years now but never had the money and now I do. but with that I hear that they changed some rules stating that you need a store front now. I live in Portland, Oregon.
     
  17. Just Jim

    Just Jim Well-Known Member

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    Alot of things go into how long it takes. BATF has a bueracrate for every so many dealers. If you happen to have a dealer that sells alot of stuff or is in a group that sells alot then the paperwork can take months. The paper shuffle has probably slowed down due to a new pres.

    jj
     
  18. korntera

    korntera Oregon Member

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    Why not start a new thread since this is an entirely new discussion.:thumbup:
     
  19. captqc

    captqc Tigard Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Here's my time-line: Mailed paperwork on Dec 17th, ATF got it on Dec 22nd, Approved on Feb 24th, got my new toy today (3/10/10). :) Not too bad considering some of the stories you hear on line.
     
  20. jdub75

    jdub75 PNW Well-Known Member

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    My form 4 for a SBR (Trust ownership, not individual) timeline:
    Forms sent 1st week of December, check was cashed within a week of that. As of today, March 10, no Tax Stamp yet. I have not called them. I can just envision the people calling every day from across the country asking about their status---how much time is that taking away from what they should be doing??(working on MY form!) DON'T call, people! Just be patient! :)