All good to know, but the statement was correct, the dealer still must destroy the record after a given time.
What enables the ATF or LE to trace a gun that was used in a crime is exactly this.
The gun is seized by the police, they get the seriel number and run it through ATF. ATF links the gun to the manufacturer, to the dealer, to the name on the 4473 they have on file for the sale.
If I have this wrong please someone correct me.
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