4 Ways Easy 4473 Helps You

Concerned about ATF audits?  Most FFLs are.  Are you aware that the top two reasons for ATF violations have to do with record-keeping?  These violations are errors on ATF Form 4473 and failing to timely record Bound Book transactions.  Easy 4473 and Easy Bound Book can help you avoid both violations.


Easy 4473 (electronic 4473 or e4473) helps you speed up and reduce errors for your customers as they fill out Part A of ATF Form 4473. Easy 4473 will let your applicants know they have missed a question before they sign the form and before they give it to you to review.  You spend less time telling customers they missed a field.

Easy 4473 speeds up your ATF 4473 review. Easy 4473 ensures the customer has answered all the Part A questions so you can focus on the approval process.  Easy 4473 highlights errors and wrong answers so your employees won’t miss a question that disqualifies an applicant.

After you approve (or disapprove) Part A, Easy 4473 makes sure you answer all the questions required in Part B. Then Easy 4473 fills the Part D firearm information when you enter the firearm serial number.

Easy 4473 enters the Disposition in your Bound Book so that all you have to do is check the accuracy and post it to the Bound Book.

ATF Form 4473 the Easy Way

Look at these examples of how Easy 4473 helps the customer.  The customer missed a field and incorrectly filled another. Easy 4473 shows the applicant what needs to fix.  One common error is to misread “County” as “Country”.  Easy 4473 helps the applicant catch this error.  Additionally, Easy 4473 shows missed fields like the “Place of Birth”.  Easy 4473 saves you time by making sure the customer fills all the fields.

Form 4473 Missing Information Dialog

Once the customer certifies the answers (and optionally signs on the computer), you are ready to review the ATF 4473. You choose from the list of all the current 4473 forms. You are looking for those Pending Seller’s Review.

e4473 Pending Seller's Review

Easy Bound Book® makes sure that you won’t miss issues with the 4473. Easy 4473 points out issues that could disqualify the applicant so you can make a good decision to approve or deny the transfer.

Easy 4473’s message is pointing out a “straw purchase” by a person who answered yes that he is a “felon”. Obviously, you will not submit this application to NICS nor will you transfer a firearm to him.

Easy 4473 Error Message - problems with fieldsYou see the specific questions that have disqualifying answers highlighted in red. You can make a simple decision to cancel this transaction because Easy 4473 shows you prohibited answers to questions, including age limitations by state.

electronic 4473 Answer the following Questions

Easy 4473 makes sure your firearm information is correct. You enter the Serial Number. Easy 4473 checks to see that the Serial Number is available in your bound book. Here we see a firearm Serial Number that is not available.

Form 4473 FFL manufacturer and importer dialog

If the firearm is available, Easy 4473 fills in the Manufacturer, Importer, Model, Type and Caliber from the open firearm record in Easy Bound Book®.

Easy 4473 dialog box

Now, print the form for signature or let your customers use the built in signature with a touchscreen.  No need to buy a signature pad for $100 to $325 for every workstation that makes technical support more difficult and expensive.  A simple touchscreen tablet is all it takes. Plus, the touchscreen speeds up filling out the form and makes it simpler for your customer.

Transfer Signatures

And, when you complete the transfer, Easy 4473 updates Easy Bound Book® so that you can post the Disposition on a timely basis.

And there you have it – a solution to the Number 1 and 2 cited violations from ATF audits.