FYI for those who might care... 21 Sept 18 ATF NICS communique QUOTE: [bolding inserted] These modifications are to better assist in the background check process. The NICS is a name-based system. When a NICS background check is performed, a match/no match decision has to be made based upon the information available to the system. The more information available for consideration in making a match/no match determination, the more accurate determination can be. It is extremely important that the FFL check the government issued photo Identification provided by the purchaser to ensure that information matches the information supplied by the purchaser on the ATF Form 4473 and that the information is input into the background check with the same accuracy. The last modification will pertain to the actual submission of a background check. On October 9, 2018, a system upgrade will be implemented with the following changes. These changes will be implemented across all methods of background check submissions, both NICS E-Check and the NICS Contracted Call Center. • Require the capture of customers full Middle Name o NICS E-Check users must use “IO” or “NMN” when applicable (example X”IO” for initial only or “NMN” for no middle name) • Require the capture of a Valid Identification Number in 18a in the Miscellaneous Number(s) Field, i.e. Driver’s License Number o For all Non-US Citizens you will be required to enter both the I94 or AR/USCIS number and a Valid Government Issued Identification Number • Require the submitting user to attest they have reviewed the ATF Form 4473 o “ Does the descriptive information in Section A exactly match the valid government-issued photo identification document(s) provided to you AND do questions 11b through 11i and 12b and 12c have a “No” response?” • NICS E-Check users will now be required to re-enter the customers First, Middle, and Last Name on the verification page before clicking submit unquote. NOTE: if ya'll expect these impending NICS modifications to be transparent...you also believe in Santa, Easter Bunny, as well as Charlie Brown's great Pumpkin!!!