November 2014

Worrisome Form 4473 Change

Gun Tests wants to give our readers some background information on changes the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives made to Form 4473 in April 2012. You may have noticed the changes yourself and wondered why the new questions suddenly appeared. On the form, two questions added in 2012 break down the buyer’s ethnicity and race in parts 10a and 10b. First, in 10.a., buyers must identify themselves as “Hispanic or Latino” or “Not Hispanic or Latino.” Then, in 10.b., the buyer is directed to check one or more boxes, with the choices being: “American Indian or Alaska Native,” “Asian,” “Black or African American,” “Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander,” or “White.”


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