This is a rush transcript.
And it may not be appropriate for everybody.
We’ll update as we get more information.
[applause] So, if you’re a gun collector and you’re trying to figure out if it’s a fake or not, then there’s a bunch of information out there.
[audience laughs] If it’s fake, it’s not a real gun.
And if it is, you’ll be able to take it away.
But if you are a collector and if you’ve done some research and you’ve gotten your hands on one of these, you can probably say, OK, this is a fake.
It’s a firearm that’s been made to look like it’s real, but it’s made to be a fake gun.
So, it might not be a real weapon, but if it has been manufactured in a factory that does it, that’s a felony, right?
If you take it out of the factory, that would be a felony.
And you would be committing a felony if you took it out from your home, if it had been made in your house.
So there’s lots of information on the Internet about fake guns, including a lot of information from reputable manufacturers.
If you have a question about a fake firearm, you should look into that first.
If the firearm is real, it can be legally transferred.
If it is a firearm made to resemble a real firearm, it may be a crime.
If there’s no legal way for you to transfer the firearm, and the gun has been made with a fake serial number, it could be a misdemeanor.
[laughter] So the first thing you should do if you have an issue with a firearm is check to see if it was made to the manufacturer’s specifications.
[Applause and applause] And if you find it’s counterfeit, then you’re going to need to be sure you’re getting the one that was made by the manufacturer that is the only one that meets the manufacturer specifications.
And then, you could file a complaint with the ATF or with the Federal Trade Commission or whatever it takes to get your firearm back.
And those are all the steps that are important to follow.
[Audience laughs, applause] So if you want to find if your firearm is a counterfeit, you’re not going to find it on the Web.
But the next thing you want is to find that gun.
If your firearm has a serial number that’s not what the manufacturer intended it to have, you need to go back to the dealer and say, Do you know of anyone that can verify the serial number?
And if the dealer can verify that, then it’s time to file a claim with the BATFE.
[inaudible] The second thing you need is a copy of the original invoice, the original manufacturer’s receipt, and if it says, “This firearm is made in the U.S.,” that means it was produced in the United States.
So if the manufacturer said it was manufactured in the Czech Republic, that means the gun was produced there.
And so, if that’s the case, then the BATF has a number of procedures to go through to verify the authenticity of the firearm.
And there are some procedures that are more difficult, such as going to a gun dealer that has a history of fraud or that has never had a problem with counterfeit firearms.
If that’s your situation, you also need to get an ATF Form 5473 to verify whether or not your firearm meets the BATFA standard.
And that can take up to three weeks to process.
And a lot can happen in that time, including the possibility of being charged with a crime, but the process is much faster than trying to prove whether it’s authentic or not.
[Laughter] So what you want, if your situation is not exactly what you’d like, but you still want to make sure that you have the one you’ve purchased, is to file for a Federal Firearms License.
The first thing that ATF does when you file for an FFL is check your license to make certain that you are eligible to receive the firearms.
The second step is that ATF will review the information in the FFL and decide whether or of the items listed on your FFL application meet the requirements for an ATF FFL.
So the next step is to go to the ATF’s website, which is www.atf.gov, and you can find a list of FFLs by state.
And on the FFO site, you see that there are a number in every state that have a list with all the required requirements.
And, so, you have to go look at the FSF and check whether or no of those items meet the ATF FSF requirements.
[loud applause] But if they do, you will be able return the firearm to the owner of record, so they’ll be reimbursed.
And when you’re