NFA Transportation Request Form Moving to eForms?

| December 4, 2014 | 4 Comments

The ATF is considering doing “eCollection” of the request form to take NFA items out of your home state. I presume this means putting the form on the ATF’s eForms Web site. The ATF is holding an open comment period for 60 days, starting on December 1, 2014.

For those of you who don’t know, you have to get written prior approval from the ATF before you take an NFA item such as a short barrel rifle or suppressor out of your home state. The request has to state the location and duration of your stay, with a maximum duration of one year.

To me, this notification is one of the biggest drawbacks of owning an NFA item. One of the groups we train with often operates in Wisconsin, which means many of my firearms would need approval from the ATF before I take them across state lines. When I lived on the east coast, it would not be uncommon for us to take longer road trips with destinations in several states. I would have had to get prior approval for each stopping point if I chose to take my NFA item(s) with me.

The ATF noted that 7200 people were expected to fill out the form (presumably annually). I think the vast number of Form 1 and Form 4 requests led to improving the approval process (both paper and eForm) and I hope that if we make more requests on Form 5320.20 we’ll see similar improvements in response time.

Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information are encouraged. Your comments should address one or more of the following four points:

– Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;
– Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
– Evaluate whether and if so how the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced; and
– Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology

To send your comments, please contact Andrew Ashton, National Firearms Act Branch at [email protected] .

Thanks to SBS reader JC for the tip.

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4 Comments on "NFA Transportation Request Form Moving to eForms?"

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  1. Jim says:

    This is not true for suppressors. You do not need to fill out a 5320.20.

  2. Adam says:

    Don’t need permission to take a suppressor out of state. Just SBR’s and machine guns.

  3. JC says:

    While yes, you don’t need to fill out a 5320.20 when traveling with a suppressor, you do need to fill one out when making a permanent address change. I had been discussing this with a friend who has his FFL/SOT, so he contacted his ATF contact, who responded with a yes, even for an in-state move, a 5320.20 needs to be filed for all NFA items. Just sharing what I learned recently.

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