It’s rare that I’m going to suggest the ATF is good for something. But this, via an ATF Tweet, is a pretty good idea if you handle it right. It is a Personal Firearms Record. In case one or more of your guns are stolen you have the serial numbers to give the police to aid in identification and return. I don’t see much of a point in the “cost” or “purchase location” columns but you don’t have use them.
I don’t recommend using the ATF form directly, web bugs or the equivalent could cause you to self register as a gun owner. Printing it out while you are disconnected from the Internet should be fine. Or you might want to consider using this version (Mayor Joel emailed me a still different version in .PDF format with a space for pictures) which I created from scratch which has the same format.
And I would treat this document with more security than I did the guns themselves. If the police can find this document and decrypt it then you have just self-registered all your guns. I’m thinking this would be a valid application of encrypting the file, hiding it with steganography, putting it on a CD, removing all fingerprints and DNA, the burying it as a private “geocache” somewhere in the woods.*
Now that the ATF has finally done something useful can we disband them as a “poor return on investment”?
*Ry was referring to himself this morning in a much different context when he proclaimed, “I need to go get fitted for my tin-foil hat.” But he could have been speaking for me in many instances.