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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

What is my responsibility to respond to a request to trace a firearm?

A licensee must provide the requested information immediately and in no event later than 24 hours after receipt of a request by ATF. Failure to respond to the request for trace information can result in monetary fines, imprisonment, and/or revocation of the licensee’s Federal firearms license.

[18 U.S.C. 923(g)(7), 27 CFR 478.25a]