ATF - QUESTIONS & ANSWERS FOR CHIEF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS (CLEO)
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS FOR CHIEF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS (CLEO)
Q. Why are ATF Forms 1, 4, 5, and/or 5320.23 being received in the mail or delivered to our law enforcement agency?
A. All applicants, transferees, and responsible persons are required to forward a completed copy of their NFA application and/or completed copy of the Form 5320.23, respectively, to the chief law enforcement officer of the locality in which the applicant or responsible person is located. In the case of an applicant that is a trust, this is considered the primary location where the firearm will be maintained.
Q. What action does the CLEO need to take upon receipt of these forms?
A. No action is required from the CLEO. If the CLEO has information that the applicant, transferee, or responsible person is or may be prohibited from possessing a firearm, that CLEO may notify the NFA Branch at (304)616-4500 or NFA@atf.gov.
Q. Is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer required to sign off on NFA forms?
A. No. The CLEO Certification requirement has been replaced with CLEO notification and no signing or approval by the CLEO is required. Only the CLEO notification process will be required for applications post-marked on or after the effective date of July 13, 2016.
Q. Is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer required to file these NFA forms after receipt?
A. No. The CLEO is not required to file any of the NFA forms that may be received pursuant to this final rule.
Q. If an agency has information regarding an applicant who may be a prohibited person, who should be contacted?
A. Please contact the NFA Branch at (304) 616-4500 or NFA@atf.gov.