The ATF is hopelessly behind in processing for 4473s. I would like to propose a simple change to the law which would dramatically decrease their workload. The law currently says these records must be kept by the FFL for 20 years or until the licensee goes out of business. In addition to this being a burden for the ATF it is a burden on FFLs. It just common sense to make a change in the rules to ease the burden for everyone involved.
If the rule were changed to something reasonable like five years the ATF could recycle much of that paper stored in shipping containers. The FFLs could recycle their paper and free up storage space as well. It’s good for the environment to have put that storage area to some other use and and slow the sprawl of buildings.
We can call it something like the Second Amendment Paperwork Reduction rule change. In an ideal world there would be no paperwork other than an occasional receipt involved in exercising your specific enumerated right to keep and bear arms. But I don’t think that is politically feasible at this time. But reducing to five years might be doable.
And for those of you doubting the ability to get such an act through congress remember that the Obama administration added firearm regulations without an act of congress. So, based upon that precedent, it seems just common sense that the current president has the power to remove firearm regulations without an act of congress.
Incrementalism. It’s just common sense.