ATF Distribution Center suspends operations for relocation

The ATF Distribution Center fulfills FFL orders for forms, brochures and other industry aids. (Photo: ATF)

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives suspended operations at its distribution center Christmas Eve in preparation for a weeks-long move.

Federally licensed dealers in need of Form 4473s, information packets, brochures and other industry aids won’t see their orders filled until Jan. 8, 2019, the agency said last week. Telephone orders will likewise be suspended until new phone lines are up and running.

A spokesman told the move comes after the current building’s lease expired. The agency found a cheaper location closer to ATF headquarters, instead. Government contractors operate and staff the facility.

“As always we thoroughly reviewed the wants and needs of the Bureau and completed a cost analysis in order to be good stewards of the Government’s funds,” said Frank Kelsey, ATF’s deputy chief of public and governmental affairs. “In doing so we were able to relocate to a better suited facility at a lower cost. In addition to being a more accommodating facility it is also closer to ATF HQ making it more convenient.”

The move could take longer pending inclement weather or other unforeseen delays, the agency said.

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