This is one of those questions that is a "Good Idea" that in turn has a good reason for why it is. If the government like the military runs off the same standards, why do our forms 1's and 4's go to Atlanta GA and West Virginia? Why not have a NFA branch in the federal building in say Portland or Seattle, Sacramento, Boise and Anchorage. This way examiners can maintain a level of control as well as accountability of county sheriff's that seems to rewrite laws by refusing to allow people to own NFA items in their counties. The benefit would be shorter wait times. Less back logs and more employment opportunities. last time I checked the government is FOR THE PEOPLE , BY THE PEOPLE. So why do I keep reading about law abiding citizens getting the rub from the ATF when they call about the NFA forms? I find this unacceptable of our government. I just wish for once the government worked like it was designed to. I go to the post office and I swear Im seeing a clip from those ACORN exposure videos that were on the news earlier this year. Well As I stated at the beginning Im sure there is a reason for everything the Government does. Sadly I feel the answer to this question lies in that the government is inefficient bottomless tax money pit. As a disabled vet I see how the VA handles my health care and I wonder how in the **** does this government plan on taking care of 300 million US citizens? But I'm sure they have a plan for that. It includes the old "hurry up and Wait!!"