A common question among firearms owners I receive relates to registering a firearm. Is it required, and in what circumstances? The answer to this question lies within understanding and drawing distinctions between state and federal law. Taking a new firearm (that is not subject to the NFA) a purchaser completes an ATF 4473 form and passes a background check. The dealer must log this in his or her acquisitions and dispositions book, and in addition, if the firearms are two (2) or more handguns, the dealer must complete a multiple handgun purchase form. In some jurisdictions, a firearm must be registered with law enforcement; and carry handguns must be registered… Read More
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