Genderqueers now have the option to check “non-binary” on Form 4473s.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) put out a notice to the public to revise the Firearms Transaction Record (4473) in December of 2019.
Included in the proposed revision was language to amend Section 14, which asks about the transferee’s sex.
Traditionally, there were only two options: “Male” and “Female.”
However, “Non-Binary,” a third option, was added to the “Sex” box (Section 14) as part of that latest update.
Historically, government agencies have resisted adding a non-binary option in order to avoid confusion when trying to identify an individual.
But in 2017, Oregon became the first state to offer a non-binary option on state IDs, and at least nine other states have followed suit. The federal government has joined that trend.
The change was finalized after the customary 60-day comment period from the public, which ran into the early months of 2020.
Section 14 on current 4473s now reads as follows:
GunsAmerica is addressing this matter because an older article from 2018, entitled, “Gun Dealers Cannot Transfer Firearms to Genderqueers Who Fail to Check ‘Male’ or ‘Female’ on 4473s” is still getting legacy traffic due to web searches.
That headline is no longer correct.
This new “non-binary” option means that gun dealers can now transfer or sell firearms to individuals who do not identify as either “male” or “female” on the 4473.
Confused about what non-binary is? Check out the video below from BBC Three for more information: