If you’re an FFL retailer, you know that ATF Form 4473 is the lynch pin in your business. It is the key to completing legal firearms transfers, key to maintenance of your A&D book and key to successfully passing an ATF audit. But as it is with anything you use frequently and repeatedly, complacency and “I’ve done this a thousand times” mentality can produce mistakes.
Jean Zabel joined ATF in 1988 as an Inspector and conducted firearms inspections throughout North and South Carolina. She was next promoted to Special Operations Inspector and was responsible for the firearms and explosives programs in the Charlotte Field Division. In January 2000, she became the Program Manager at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Georgia, where she was responsible for the ATF Investigator Training Program. She later transferred to Tampa, Florida, as a Senior Operations Officer for the Tampa Field Division and was later promoted to Area Supervisor, where she selected the firearms licensees to be inspected, oversaw the inspection process, reviewed the results of each inspection, and served as a hearing officer for firearms adverse action cases. She retired from ATF in November 2011.
One of NSSF’s most respected and best known FFL Compliance Consultants, Harry McCabe retired from ATF June 2012, after more than 36 years of service. Beginning his career Inspector, he conducted numerous firearms and explosives inspections in both North and South Carolina until being transferred to Bureau Headquarters in 1983. During his career, McCabe was Area Supervisor in Detroit and a branch chief at Headquarters. In 1998, he became Director, Industry Operations of the Nashville Field Division where, for 12 years he directed all of the firearms inspection activities in Tennessee and Alabama, overseeing more than 5,000 firearms qualification and compliance inspections and conducted approximately 50 firearms industry educational seminars. In 2010, Harry became Deputy Assistant Director for Field Operations where he was responsible for the entire firearms regulatory policy and inspection program nationwide.
Leading the session “4473 Form Review,” part of SHOT Show University’s Compliance learning track, Zabel and McCabe will walk attendees through everything that’s changed with the newest Form 4473 and discuss ways to ensure your customers fill out the forms correctly. The pair will explain the “no-no’s” of the form and teach how check for errors. Whether new retailer or veteran, everyone can benefit from this session.