ATF’s Rule 41F will take full effect starting on July 13, 2016. It will make some major changes to how suppressors and weapons are processed as part of the National Firearms Act.
Expect wait times to take almost twice as long if you’re looking to aquaire a NFA stamp. Changes to the stamp application process include the mandatory submission of two fingerprint cards and passport photos with each purchase made under a trust. All applications placed before the July 13 deadline will be grandfathered in under the old ruling. The result of this legislation has sent gun owners everywhere rushing to submit last minute applications.
It’s not all bad news though. According to Outdoorhub, Rule 41F will also remove the sign0off of a Chief Law Enforcement Officer that was previously required on all applications for everything from suppressors and SBRs to fully automatic rifles.
President and Executive Director of the American Suppressor Association Knox Williams said the following,
For the first time in 82 years, local law enforcement will no longer have de facto veto power over any NFA applications. While their inclusion in the process made sense in 1934, before background checks, or even computers existed, the removal of this antiquated measure from the NFA process is a major victory for the suppressor and NFA communities.”
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