BATFE audit or?


June 6, 2011, 12:37 AM
I took a couple of pistols over to the range pro shop today to have H-Viz sights installed. I was quite surprised to see a whole new level of paperwork requirements and a new sort of arms-length "friendliness".

In the past it was show them what was needed, Mike will call you when it's ready sort of thing. Today they needed ID and a credit card and had to record both serial numbers in a special book. Then again on two separate forms which I had to sign.

Instead of being spoken to using my first name, which is well known there, I was elevated to "Sir", and "Mr. XYZ".

Sensing I was puzzled, it was volunteered that a BATFE audit is in progress.

Geez, hope it gets done and over soon, I much preferred being referred to as <deleted> :)

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Shadow 7D
June 6, 2011, 12:46 AM
could be that the owner is in the office every day with the BAFTE inspectors too

June 6, 2011, 02:36 AM
They've always logged the numbers in and out of their log book, they just didn't make such a show about it. Don't know about the extra forms.

June 7, 2011, 07:57 AM
If he had a BAFTE guy around , I would take my pistol home till things cooled off. Maybe had had something to worry about. as it should be just another day or almost.

June 7, 2011, 09:59 AM
Every ATF Audit I have been around was a low key and generally friendly affair.

"Hey you missed this box here, or they didn't spell out the state there" That type of thing. It was never a real cause for concern. Maybe a bit more stressful than normal since they are there but not much so.

June 7, 2011, 03:22 PM
I watched an audit in progress at my neighborhood store once. It definitely wasn't a friendly audit.

The inspector screwed around for three days. The owner was losing money because the shop was a side affair. He was a full time farmer.

Finally, the owner asked, "Just what are you looking for?"

The inspector said he was convinced the owner was illegally dealing in full auto conversions and the shop had a cache of full auto parts.

The owner told the inspector to put a seal on the shop door and bring his supervisor along the next day. They both could look for full auto parts.

The inspector and his supervisor showed up the next day, removed the seal, and 'looked' for full auto parts. The search by the inspector, with the supervisor watching, lasted about an hour. When the inspector incorrectly identified legitimate parts he had found as full auto, based on pictures in a book, the supervisor ended the audit. He apologized to the owner and dragged his inspector out of there.


June 7, 2011, 05:43 PM
Some IOI's are nice and friendly. Some are not. If the ATF has reason to believe that you have been up to no good, you do not get a nice auditor.

<-- Has only dealt with nice auditors. :D

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