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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Does ATF regulate the importation of gas masks?

Yes. Gas masks are “defense articles” subject to regulation under the Arms Export Control Act. ATF regulates the importation of gas masks and generally requires an ATF Form 6 import permit for lawful importation of these items. The standard processing time is 4-6 weeks from the date ATF’s Firearms and Explosives Imports Branch receives a complete Form 6 application. You can download the Form 6 at