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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jim Crandall

February 5, 2002

FY 02-04

ATF Issues Regulations Relating to Firearms Disabilities

for Nonimmigrant Aliens and Announces a Requirement for

Import Permits for Nonimmingrant Aliens Bringing Firearms

and Ammunition Into the United States

Washington, DC - The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
(ATF) announces the issuance of a temporary rule implementing the provision
of Public Law 105-277, relating to firearms disabilities for nonimmigrant
aliens. These regulations implement the law by prohibiting, with certain
exceptions, the transfer to and possession of firearms and ammunition
by aliens in the United States in a nonimmigrant classification. In addition,
ATF is amending the regulations to give the Secretary of the Treasury
or his delegate the authority to require nonresident who bring firearms
and ammunition into the United States for hunting or sporting purposes
to obtain an import permit. In the interest of national security and public
safety, ATF will require nonimmigrant aliens to obtain import permits
for all importations of firearms and ammunition into the United States
(except for those exempt importations specified in the regulations) as
of the effective date of the temporary rule. The temporary regulations
are effective February 19, 2002, and will remain in effect until superseded
by final regulations.

The temporary regulations also serve as the text of a notice of proposed
rulemaking for final regulations. The period for soliciting public comments
on the temporary regulations will be open until May 6, 2002. For the full
text of the temporary rule (T.D.
, and how to submit comments on the temporary regulations,
refer to today's issue of the Federal Register or visit the ATF web site

Fill out this form: ATF
F 6 - Part 1 (5330.3A)
- Application and Permit for Importation of
Firearms, Ammunition and Implements of War and FAX to: Firearms and Explosives
Import Branch, (202) 927-2697.