ATF accepting comments on how govt agencies register their NFA items

Starting Aug. 21, the public has 60 days to comment on how the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives can cut down on paper when it comes to regulating National Firearms Act items used by other government agencies.

According to the recent ATF bulletin, the effort is to comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, which aims to limit bureaucracy and expand efficiency.

Most state and local government agencies are required to register their NFA items — machine guns, suppressors, short-barreled rifles or shotguns and other destructive devices — by completing and submitting ATF Form 10.

On the form, which is open for public record once submitted, an agency identifies itself and describes the NFA item it’s registering.

The ATF is asking respondents to comment on one or more of its four proposed points.

First, the ATF wants to know if there’s a practical need in changing the current system in which a government agency registers an NFA item. Next, evaluate how burdensome and efficient the system actually is for an agency. And, lastly, should an agency be able to register its NFA item electronically.

Comments will be accepted until Oct. 20 at