Every firearm background check involves filling out an ATF Form 4473. It’s three pages when printed double-sided, and it must be kept by the FFL (the store selling the firearm) for at least 20 years. Yes, you read that correctly. Your local gun shop is storing an absolutely absurd amount of paper 4473s.
Imagine, if you will, 20 years worth of three-page 4473 Forms and how much storage space that requires. Imagine having to perform a serial number trace and needing to find one specific 4473 in your collection of tens of thousands. Where’s that box for April, 2007 forms again? Oh, it’s in the storage unit buried under 160 other boxes? Lovely.
This is where Silencer Shop‘s new 4473 Cloud service steps in. What if you could digitally store all of your 4473s on the interwebs — securely — in an ATF-approved system that allows easy searching, audit access, and more?
4473 Cloud is point-of-sale system agnostic and e4473 system agnostic (e.g. Orchid eBound, Rocket FFL, etc), so dealers can sync it up with whatever FFL software they’re currently using. It’s priced such that it will save many dealers about 50 percent on their 4473 operational expenses.
In the video above, Travis from Silencer Shop gave me the full run-down on 4473 Cloud and I tried to ask as many questions as I could think of, including from my perspective as an FFL (though at Black Collar Arms we don’t do much in the way of direct retail sales, we’re still managing to collect more 4473s than I would have expected, and I don’t look forward to being married to this paperwork for the next two decades). I think we covered most all of the bases as to how it works and what it’s capable of.
For a shorter overview, Silencer Shop’s press release is below:
Silencer Shop Announces Latest Addition of “Powered By” Services That Revolutionizes ATF 4473 Document Storage
Designed to save time, space, and money for FFLs nationwide, Silencer Shop adds 4473 Cloud to their suite of Powered By services. As a platform-agnostic system, 4473 Cloud digitally stores ATF Form 4473’s securely in the cloud.
As the most versatile cloud storage system offered to the firearms industry, 4473 Cloud provides a modern digital storage solution to help FFL businesses thrive. 4473 Cloud digitizes FFL owners’ essential daily tasks for a more efficient workflow.
“Coming from decades of experience working with FFL’s, I noticed a huge gap when it came to 4473 storage. Because you have to keep these ATF Forms for up to 20 years, paperwork can pile up quickly,” says Travis Glover, 4473 Cloud’s co-founder. “We wanted to offer a solution that is versatile, streamlined and just makes sense, and 4473 Cloud fits the bill.”
Business owners can now access their 4473’s remotely using 4473 Cloud’s centrally located file storage via the cloud. They also have the benefit of now opening up and utilizing prime real estate to increase sales in their shop.
“4473 Cloud being platform-agnostic is what sets it apart from other digital storage solutions. We’ve worked hard to ensure that 4473 Cloud works with all e4473 software, and securely stores your files. We’ve also added searchable fields, too, for quick access and audits. It’s really a game changer for FFLs,” says Dave Matheny, Silencer Shop owner and 4473 Cloud co-founder.
With an ATF approved variance that 4473 Cloud can assist with, FFL dealers can take full advantage of 4473 Cloud’s services. 4473 Cloud’s services include: full self mock-audit functionality, instant ATF Trace completion, assigning forms to employees to review, track potential compliance misses, and a full audit trail of changes made to the 4473 to reconcile.
FFL dealers can also save up to 50% off their current operational costs by using 4473 Cloud’s services. Digitally storing documents as opposed to printing, FFL dealers save on paper, ink, filing folders, storage boxes and the cost of keeping track of decades worth of paperwork.
With flexible storage options based on FFL volume, 4473 Cloud is scalable to grow as your FFL businesses grows. To learn more about 4473 Cloud’s services, visit 4473cloud.com.