Well, the ATF took eForms offline today – but they waited until close of business on a Friday so nobody really knows what’s going on.
Here’s what we do know:
- The examiners received an email letting them know it was going offline right as the day was ending. They don’t appear to have had any more advanced warning than anybody else.
- A general email didn’t even go out to users; so, unless you’ve tried to log into the system, you may not even be aware that it’s down.
- Forms that are already submitted through eForms are going to be processed normally through that system.
- The NFA Branch has been making a major push to get paper forms back to normal times, and they’ve already knocked a couple of months off the crazy wait times we were seeing – but I don’t think that’s in any way related to eForms going down.
Next week we’re going to get as much information as we can before deciding how to proceed. We have systems in place to submit reviewed paperwork on paper forms – but we’re not going to resort to that until we’re sure it’s the right approach.
Please remember that the NFA Branch isn’t the problem here, so chewing out the examiners isn’t going to help anybody. As we’ve written before, eForms was a jump forward for them as well; and, if it really goes away, this is a big step back. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if there is some type of interim solution as we await eForms 2.0…
Stay tuned next week and we’ll post any additional information as we receive it.