Firearms

Image of a handgun with bullets on a wooden table
Image of a handgun with bullets on a wooden table

The Bureau and Law Enforcement 

ATF recognizes the role that firearms play in violent crimes and pursues an integrated regulatory and enforcement strategy. Investigative priorities focus on armed violent offenders and career criminals, narcotics traffickers, narco-terrorists, violent gangs, and domestic and international arms traffickers. Sections 924(c) and (e) of Title 18 of the United States Code provide mandatory and enhanced sentencing guidelines for armed career criminals and narcotics traffickers as well as other dangerous armed criminals.

ATF uses these statutes to target, investigate and recommend prosecution of these offenders to reduce the level of violent crime and to enhance public safety. ATF also strives to increase State and local awareness of available Federal prosecution under these statutes. To curb the illegal use of firearms and enforce the Federal firearms laws, ATF issues firearms licenses and conducts firearms licensee qualification and compliance inspections. In addition to aiding the enforcement of Federal requirements for gun purchases, compliance inspections of existing licensees focus on assisting law enforcement to identify and apprehend criminals who illegally purchase firearms.

The inspections also help improve the likelihood that crime gun traces will be successful, since inspectors educate licensees in proper record keeping and business practices.

Federal Firearms Licensees

The Tools and Services for Licensees section contains information for the firearms industry and its members, classifications of firearms and the interpretation of the regulations codified under 27 CFR, Parts 447, 478 and 479.

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This issue's articles cover topics such as ATF personnel changes, electronic storage of Form 4473, common errors on NFA forms, the fflAlert system and much more.

ATF publishes these newsletters on a semiannual to annual basis in order to update federal firearms licensees (FFLs) on developments regarding the federal firearms laws and regulations. Previous editions of FFL newsletters are available in our Publication Library.

Download the latest FFL newsletter

If you need assistance regarding firearms enforcement-related issues, please contact your local ATF office.

What's New

Agency Information Collection Activities:  Proposed eCollection; eComments Requested – Action:  60-day Notice of Information Collection Under Review: Extension Without Change of a Currently Approved Collection Application for Alternate Means of Identification of Firearm(s) (Marking Variance) - draft ATF Form 3311.4 - Comment Period: Jan. 27, 2020 - March 27, 2020
 
Agency Information Collection Activities:  Proposed eCollection; eComments Requested – Action:  60-day Notice of Information Collection Under Review: Firearms Transaction Record/Registro de Transaccion de Armas De Fuego - draft Form 4473, draft Form 4473 (Spanish version), draft Form 4473 Continuation Sheet, and draft Form 4473 Continuation Sheet (Spanish version) - Comment Period: Dec. 26, 2019 - Feb. 24, 2020
 
Agency Information Collection Activities:  Proposed eCollection; eComments Requested – Action:  30-day Notice of Information Collection Under Review: Certification on Agency Letterhead Authorizing Purchase of Firearm for Official Duties of Law Enforcement Officer - Comment Period: Dec. 12, 2019 thru January 13, 2020
 
Agency Information Collection Activities:  Proposed eCollection; eComments Requested – Action30-day Notice of Information Collection Under Review:  Application for an Amended Federal Firearms License - Comment Period: Dec. 12, 2019 thru January 13, 2020
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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