Disclaimer: I am not an attourney so I am not offering legal advice.
Originally Posted by Wolfrage
That's only if they actually physically print a report out or contact ATF for permission since it doesn't meet ATF requirements for a digital only bound book, right? Just wanted to make sure people don't get confused -- wouldn't want a C&R to get an ATF inspection and realize they aren't complying with the law, that's all.
Wolfrage, thanks for the clarification. You are correct. NM Collector Software
"doesn't meet ATF requirements for a digital only bound book" as I understand them. This is intentional based on my understanding of the following excerpt of the latest ruling on the subject that I am aware of:
All data entered into the computer system must be recorded into the database and cannot be capable of being edited or modified at a later date without generating an audit trail. The software system must retain any correction of errors as an entirely new entry, without deleting or modifying the original entry. The system may allow for entries in a notes column to explain any correction.
The above rule was extracted from http://www.atf.gov/regulations-rulings/rulings/atf-rulings/atf-ruling-2008-2.pdf
. Perhaps this is not the latest ruling on the subject. I am certainly open to learning if there is something new on this topic.
I intentionally chose NOT to do that with NM Collector Software because most freedom loving Americans I know do not want an audit trail kept of every change they make to entries in their electronic records. I do not think they want to expose themselves to having their audit trail inspected by a government agent who may or may not be there "to help" them.
Also, given the BATFE definition for a "Bound Book" (found here
) you can print a C&R report from NM Collector Software and assemble the pages to make up your bound book.
I could be wrong so perhaps a good topic for a survey would be how many gun owners on this forum want their software to keep an audit trail of every change they make in their bound book records so that an ATF agent can audit their changes.
p.s. Wolfrage, you are free to comment on any of my posts on this forum. I will not accuse you of trying to hijack my threads.
However, in my opinion (I do not pretend to represent the forum owners or moderators in this statement), you should consider supporting the forum as a vendor if you are going to advertise your software in your .sig. I see that there are open spaces for advertisers. Just a suggestion.