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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
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Freedom of Information Act

How To Make An Electronic FOIA Request


Like all federal agencies, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) generally is required under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to disclose records requested in writing by any person. However, agencies may withhold information pursuant to nine exemptions and three exclusions contained in the statute. The FOIA applies only to federal agencies and does not create a right of access to records held by Congress, the courts, or by state or local government agencies. Each state has its own public access laws that should be consulted for access to state and local records.

Before making a FOIA request, you should first browse About ATF, Pressroom, and Publications, which contain information already available to the public. You should also consult How to Request ATF Records, which outlines the types of records ATF maintains, and provides information on how to submit a FOIA request.

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