Industry News ATF Goes Through Major NFA Branch Reorganization Industry News April 10, 2017 Join the Conversation If you own or have been thinking about owning an NFA item like a short barreled rifle (SBR) or silencer, no doubt you know that processing times have been going up. The reason is ATF Rule 41F, which became active in July of 2016. The increase of required paperwork under the new rules combined with the front-loading of many submissions by those attempting to make it before the deadline have led to a larger workload for the NFA Branch. It hasn't helped the silencer industry either. RECOIL has learned that on April 3rd of this year, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) made some major changes that amounted to a complete reorganization of the National Firearms Act (NFA) Branch. In an attempt to better provide oversight, cut down wait times, and increase efficiency, two distinct new branches have been formed: The Industry Processing Branch (NFA IPB) and the Government Support Branch (NFA GSB). The NFA IPB is responsible for industry forms processing and working towards refining current operations. The duties of the NFA GSB include processing SOT applications, government transfers, exemptions, and expediting LEO/Gov requests. Furthermore, a new NFA Division Staff Program Office has been formed to manage publications, FOIA requests, respond to data calls, and oversee the vetting of statistical data. We hope these new changes mean greatly reduced wait times—we can dream, at least. @DM Explore RECOILweb:Heroes go SteampunkTrek's Trek: remember Brian Terry, support the foundation in his nameGo Pound SandMultiple Reports of Wish.com Glock Sear Arrests by ATF NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Target Pack from RECOILFor years, RECOIL magazine has treated its readers to a full-size (sometimes full color!) shooting target tucked into each big issue. Now we've compiled over 50 of our most popular targets into this one digital PDF download. From handgun drills to AR-15 practice, these 50+ targets have you covered. Print off as many as you like (ammo not included). Get your pack of 50 Print-at-Home targets when you subscribe to the RECOIL email newsletter. We'll send you weekly updates on guns, gear, industry news, and special offers from leading manufacturers - your guide to the firearms lifestyle.You want this. Trust Us.