We had to overcome numerous challenges through the length of the project; the largest being a long list of regulations attached to FFL businesses.
In the end we were able to take from beginning conversations to the finished product in 7 months. Through our partnership, the client was able to keep overall costs low through our lean development style.
Regulations for this particular industry have changed and become more strict. With this in mind, what was a traditional filing cabinet industry had to be able to be cloud based. This is where we stepped in to help this client out.
Whenever someone purchases a firearm from a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL), they’re required to fill out a Form 4473. These forms have to be stored for twenty years by an FFL, and up until 2008, they even had to be filled out on paper. Eventually the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms allowed e4473 software to be used, which made completing the form much simpler, but FFLs still had to print it out and store it.
The ATF has to review every aspect of the solution built and any actions taken thus far and perform a mock inspection. Every time an FFL wants to get approval to digitally store Form 4473s, they have to secure a separate variance from the ATF.