How to Dispose a Firearm

In order to remove a firearm from your inventory, you must “Dispose” it.

Step 1 – Start the Disposition Process

In order to start the process of acquiring a firearm, you simply click on the “Add a Firearm” button from the FFLSafe dashboard.

Step 2 – Select Disposition Type

There are 5 types of dispositions for an FFL:

  1. Selling a firearm to a customer (non-FFL)
  2. Transferring a firearm to another FFL
  3. Transferring/Selling a firearm to a Government Agency (FFL-exempt)
  4. Destroying a firearm
  5. Reporting a firearm lost/stolen to the ATF

Select the appropriate disposition type for this transaction and then move to next step, selecting or adding a contact.

Step 3 – Select or Add Contact

Similar to Acquiring a firearm in FFLSafe, you must select or add a contact in order to dispose the firearm off of your books.

At a minimum, you must enter the ATF-required information for the person, FFL, or government agency to which you are giving the firearm. You can also enter some optional information which may help you track and manage certain customers.

You can learn everything about how to complete this step in FFLSafe in this article: Adding a Contact (Disposition)

Step 4 – Select Firearm

After you’ve selected or added the contact information, it is time to select the firearm.

Unlike with the Acquisition Process, you do not have an option to add a firearm – instead, you can only select a firearm that is currently in your inventory.

If a firearm is not currently in your inventory, you must first acquire the firearm before you can dispose it.

Select the firearm from the list (you can also enter some details about the firearm to perform a search) to add it to this transaction.

Ensure that you confirm that the details shown on the screen match the specific firearm you are disposing.

Step 5 – Select Date

After you’ve entered the appropriate information for the contact and selected the firearm, it is time to select the date of Disposition.

It is important to note that the disposition date is not necessarily today’s date – in fact, there is some legal significance here depending on the details of your particular transaction.

If the disposition (when the firearm left your inventory/possession/control) happened on a previous date, you must enter the actual date of disposition. However, you could end up in some serious trouble here if not done correctly. If you’re looking for more information on this topic, check out this ATF Compliance Course.

Step 6 – Save Information/Dispose Firearm

An important final step in the disposition process in FFLSafe is to save the information. Until the information is saved, the disposition has NOT been made.

You can save the information and close out the entry in your bound book by clicking on the “Dispose Firearm” button after the disposition type, contact information, firearm, and date have been entered.

Clicking “Dispose Firearm” will cause a pop-up window to appear asking if you want to add this firearm.

This is redundant because clicking “Yes” as an asnwer to that question will create an entry on your bound book and therefore a record in your ATF records.

We want you to be sure that you want that gun, from that person/entity, and on that date in your system.

Do not worry, if you make a mistake, you can always edit the contact details or the firearm details. And, you can also edit the transaction in the bound book itself.

If you use a TTSN, the TTSN from the 4473 will be used in place of the customer’s contact details in the bound book (for non FFLs).

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