Glossary of Firearm Compliance Terms

There are a few terms unique to being an FFL and ATF Compliance that you may see in these help articles for which it is important to know the definition.

We have created this glossary of ATF Compliance terms to help you understand how to effectively use FFLSafe in running your FFL.

4473

The Form 4473 is the Firearm Transaction Record used to transfer a firearm from an FFL to an individual (non-FFL).

Acquisition

An acquisition is the receipt of a firearm by your FFL.

To learn how to Acquire a firearm, check out: How to Acquire a Firearm

Acquisition and Disposition (A&D) Record

Your Acquisition and Disposition record (or A&D record) is the main record of firearms for ATF Compliance. Also called the Bound Book, it is a log of every Acquisition and Disposition by your FFL.

Bound Book

Your Bound Book is the main record of firearms for ATF Compliance. Also called the Acquisition and Disposition record (or A&D record), it is a log of every Acquisition and Disposition by your FFL.

Disposition

A disposition is when a firearm leaves your records – examples include selling a firearm to a customer or transferring a firearm to another FFL.

To learn about how to Dispose a firearm, check out: How to Dispose a Firearm

Federal Firearms License (FFL)

The term FFL refers both to the license required to be engaged in the business of making or selling firearms and also the person/entity which has the license. For example, your local gunshop is an FFL. They also have their FFL. 

FFL eZ Check

FFL eZ Check is a system run by the ATF which confirms the validity of an FFL’s license. To learn more about how and when to use this system, check out: How and When to use FFL eZ Check

Open Disposition

An Open Disposition is a line in your Bound Book for which there is an Acquisition but no Disposition. This means that the firearm is still in your inventory and the Disposition column for this record is “open” (has no information).

Transfer

A transfer is the change in possession/control of a firearm to another person or entity. Examples include transfering a firearm to a customer as part of a sale or transferring a firearm to another FFL.

TTSN

A TTSN, or Tansferor’s Transaction Serial Number, is a number that may be used by an FFL to reference a particular 4473 in the Disposition column instead of the customer’s name and address.

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