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1436. Discovery Issues -- National Firearms And Registration Transfer Record -- National Firearms Act

On January 30, 1996, ATF informed the Criminal Division of their planned disclosure in response to a FOIA request of statements made at an ATF training session by the chief of the National Firearms Branch concerning an alleged 50% error rate in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record (NFRTR). On February 16, 1996, both a full explanation of those statements in an explanatory information package, and suggested disclosure materials, were distributed to all United States Attorneys' offices. The Criminal Division advises that disclosure of this material in newly filed affected National Firearms Act cases is necessary until a revamping of the NFRTR is completed, which may not occur until sometime in late 1997 or early 1998. Guidance and copies of the disclosure package can be obtained from the Terrorism and Violent Crime Section (TVCS) of the Criminal Division.

[cited in USAM 9-63.500]