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Using RFID to Help Track Guns for Firearm Wholesalers and Distributors

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American Tactical Imports (ATI) and AmChar Wholesale are using RFID technology to track firearms as they are entered in their facilities, placed in locked storage, and sold to retailers.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), wholesalers and distributers of firearms are supposed to have and carry impeccable records of all weapons entering and exiting their facilities.  Sales and other record keeping have traditionally been done manually via spreadsheets or notebooks, but due to the increase of  inspections minor recording errors can lead to hefty fines and other disruptive penalties.

Earlier this year, ATI has displayed and demonstrated AdvanTech’s newest RFID-based firearms record and inventory system, A&D Secure, at the 2013 Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (“SHOT”) Show and Conference, held at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. ATI is the first North American distributor in the industry to offer this technology through AdvanTech, Inc., a software development company and the creator of this RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) system.

A&D Secure software uses RFID technology for firearms distributors and retailers to better handle their Acquisition and Disposition (A&D) records requirements. The software tracks all ATF-monitored items from the manufacturer to the end user, records the chain of custody automatically and adds layers of security. The desire to reduce or eliminate ATF and State Department violations, improve department personnel job satisfaction and security, reduce labor cost and administrative activities, and provide an impressive return on investment.  Most importantly, the end-users will still have their privacy maintained while only the records required by law are safely and securely tracked during the buying and selling processes. Headquartered in Annapolis, MD and doing business across the United States and Canada.

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1 Response for “Using RFID to Help Track Guns for Firearm Wholesalers and Distributors”

  1. Eli S. Wade says:

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