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Of all the compliance areas today’s FFLs need to focus on, the ATF Form 4473 is perhaps the most important. That form is one of increasing complexity, bringing accuracy and accountability challenges to even the most seasoned FFL salespersons and compliance managers.

If you want to reduce your stress level and have an error-free report back after an ATF audit, the NSSF and SHOT Show University are here to help. Our session “In-Depth Review: The 4473 and You,” led by NSSF Compliance Consultant Team Members and former ATF deputy assistant directors Harry McCabe and Wally Nelson, will review the Form 4473 in detail, provide information on the logic behind the information required in each box and answer any questions you have regarding this legal document.

Harry McCabe - Form 4473Harry McCabe retired from ATF in 2012, after more than 36 years of service. He began his career as an inspector in Raleigh, North Carolina, conducting numerous firearms and explosives inspections in both North and South Carolina until being transferred to bureau headquarters in 1983. During his career, McCabe was the area supervisor in Detroit and a branch chief at ATF Headquarters. In 1998, he became Director, Industry Operations, of the Nashville Field Division where, for 12 years, he directed all the firearms inspection activities in Tennessee and Alabama. During that time, McCabe oversaw more than 5,000 firearms qualification and compliance inspections and conducted approximately 50 firearms industry educational seminars. In 2010, he became Deputy Assistant Director for Field Operations, where he was responsible for the entire firearms regulatory policy and inspection program nationwide.

Wally Nelson - 4473Wally Nelson is a retired ATF Deputy Assistant Director (DAD) with more than 30 years of ATF experience. As DAD, he directed all regulatory firearms programs, including the development and monitoring of firearms inspection programs, licensing, NFA firearms, imports, tracing and regulations, as well as the firearms technology branch. He retired from ATF in October 2005. For the last six years, Nelson has brought his expertise in firearms laws and regulations to dozens of industry members as a private consultant, conducting FFL site visits to review required records and sample firearms inventories. He has also provided employee training, helped to develop compliance plans and assisted FFLs of all types and sizes with ATF compliance and licensing issues.

Taking place Monday, Jan. 22, the day before the 2018 SHOT Show opens, SHOT Show University is NSSF’s premier learning experience for retailers and range owners, providing business owners of all experience levels ways to improve their businesses. The forum is comprised of four learning tracks: Range, Compliance, Retailer 101 and the Master’s Class. Anyone attending SHOT Show University can take part in the learning tracks of their choice, but the session “In-Depth Review: The 4473 and You” is particularly recommended for compliance managers, new FFLs, those currently going through the FFL licensing process and for recently on-boarded staff members of current FFLs.

Registration for the 2018 SHOT Show is now open. Buyers and range owners successfully registering to attend the show can then register to participate in SHOT Show University and other events. NSSF Members receive a discount on their registration fee to attend SHOT Show University.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for SHOT Show University and other SHOT Week events. Contact Chris Tatulli, NSSF Director, Exhibit and Sponsorship Sales, at to learn more about our wide variety of sponsorship options.

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