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 Article: NFA Wait Times Explode, No Relief in Sight 
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NFA Wait Times Explode, No Relief in Sight
I’ve been waiting for my NFA paperwork for my silencer since October. When I submitted the paperwork, everyone I talked to said the ATF would take 60 days to process my stuff and then I’d be the proud new owner of a tax stamp. I’m still waiting. And getting slightly annoyed. So I emailed Erich, the guy in charge of, and asked him to give me a dump of his database to figure some stuff out. He complied, and then I almost lost my mind.

First things first, a quick note on how NFA paperwork works and the methodology for the following graph.

As soon as you submit your paperwork to the ATF, they cash your check and then sit on it for a bit. The length of time they sit on it varies, but at some point you can call the ATF’s NFA branch hotline, provide your serial number and they will inform you that your paperwork is “pending.” That means that an examiner has been assigned to your stuff, and it is now being worked on. Eventually, if you have led a good life, your paperwork will move to “approved” and your stamp will be issued shortly.

The ATF doesn’t release statistics about wait times and things like that, so in order to figure out what’s going on in terms of wait times NFA paperwork applicants have taken to indirect observation through self reporting. is a website where applicants self report the time it’s taking them for their paperwork to process through the ATF, and in turn the site auto-computes some statistics so that those still waiting can have an idea of how long things are going to take. So while these results may not be completely accurate, they are derived from the only 2,458 records I could get my hands on.

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Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:07 pm
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Welcome to the world of NFA. Be glad it is just a silencer. Can take up to a year for an FA firearm....

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Fri Mar 02, 2012 1:17 am
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That sucks. And unfortunately, you can't submit your NFA paperwork now and then go shopping later . . . so that waiting period is a true WAITING period.


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Leave it cleaner than you found it.

Fri Mar 02, 2012 6:51 am
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Dang! That's bad.

Fri Mar 02, 2012 8:19 pm
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