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4473 Form Shortage

The lamestream media told you:


The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

The federal Bureaucracy of Alcohol and Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives has run out of Form 4473, the form federal firearms dealers use to permanently record the retail sales of guns in America. The form, which has grown to six pages from its original two, is printed on yellow paper, and the bureaucracy has apparently run out of yellow paper too, in addition to printing delays. The source of this information is from BATFE itself in a plea to its dealers. It seemed clear that the massive sales of guns, which have left dealer shelves bare nationwide and manufacturers in frenzied backorder production mode has led to the shortage of forms. The bureaucracy has taken the unusual step of allowing dealers to make their own copies of the forms, provided all six pages are made, stapled together, permanently stored, and "of good quality." The shortage of record keeping paper and printed forms comes at an embarrassing time for the government, while it is trying to hand out hundreds of billions of dollars to every manner of avaricious gaping maw and keep track of the action. Skeptics question whether agencies that can't keep forms in stock for tracking innocent people can take over the health care industry, run the car manufacturing business, manage the banks, control the world's climate and justify 8,000 earmarks it formerly said it would quash, while ensuring the public it can do this without any problem and that our money is perfectly safe. The effect on crime of 7.5 million sheets of yellow paper used to record and store innocent people's purchase records in February is unknown, but at least federal officials didn't have to pick, pack and ship the paper to dealers everywhere last month.


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