I'm certain that this question must have been asked before, but I couldn't find where.
In regards to 4473's and record keeping in general, how long are you required to keep those records, and how are you required to dispose of them?
When I worked at a box store gun dept in the L48 (late 1990's) we kept a book (several actually) and every gun that came in from a distributor was recorded in the book. The book number, page, and line was tagged to each gun, and, when the gun was sold, it was "signed out" of the book on the same page and line. The book number, page, and line was written on the associated 4473, which was put into a file cabinet in the attic along with a photocopy of the buyer's ID.
What happens to all of those 4473's these days? Because I never held my own FFL, I was never clear on the responsibility of maintaining those records. At some point do you destroy them, turn them over to the authorities, or are you burdened with them for eternity?
Curious because I only have one or two guns left that were bought on 4473's (all bought pre-2000), none of the address info is valid anymore, and I just wonder what happened to those forms. I've sold all of the others, and these two may be the next to go as well.