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.

Cover of the 2019 FFL Newsletter2019 FFL Newsletter

This issue's articles cover topics such as ATF personnel changes, electronic storage of Form 4473, common errors on NFA forms, the FFL Alert 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. You can view previous editions of FFL newsletters or browse articles by topic using our FFL Newsletter Index.

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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: 30-day Notice of Information Collection Under Review: Investigator Integrity Questionnaire - Comment Period: Oct. 1, 2020 - Nov. 2, 2020 Draft (ATF Form 8620.1)

Agency Information Collection Activities:  Proposed eCollection; eComments Requested – Action:  30-day Notice of Information Collection Under Review:  Federal Firearms License (FFL) RENEWAL Application - Comment Period: Sept. 30, 2020 - Oct. 30, 2020

ATF Procedure 2020-2 Recordkeeping and Background Check Procedure for Facilitation of Private Party Firearms Transfers

ATF Procedure 2020-1 Recordkeeping Procedure for Non-Over-the-Counter Firearm Sales by Licensees to Unlicensed In-State Residents That are NICS Exempt

FFL Newsletter Index - Updated July 2020

Agency Information Collection Activities:  Proposed eCollection; eComments Requested – Action: 30-day Notice of Information Collection Under Review: National Firearms Act (NFA) - Special Occupational Taxes (SOT) - ATF Form 5630.7, ATF Form 5630.5R, and ATF Form 5630.5RC (ATF Form 5630.7) - Comment Period: July 30, 2020 - Aug. 31, 2020

Agency Information Collection Activities:  Proposed eCollection; eComments Requested – Action: 30-day Notice of Information Collection Under Review: Application for Restoration of Firearms Privileges - Comment Period: July 29, 2020 - Aug. 28, 2020 - (Draft) Application for Restoration of Firearms Privileges (ATF F 3210.1)

Agency Information Collection Activities:  Proposed eCollection; eComments Requested – Action: 30-day Notice of Information Collection Under Review: Application for Tax-Exempt Transfer of Firearm and Registration to Special Occupational Taxpayer - ATF Form 3 (5320.3). - Comment Period: July 27, 2020 - Aug. 26, 2020

Agency Information Collection Activities:  Proposed eCollection; eComments Requested – Action: 30-day Notice of Information Collection Under Review:  Application for National Firearms Examiner Academy - Comment Period: July 24, 2020 - Aug. 24, 2020 - Application for National Firearms Examiner Academy (ATF Form 6330.1) - Comment

Agency Information Collection Activities:  Proposed eCollection; eComments Requested – Action: 30-day Notice of Information Collection Under Review:  Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Exportation Report Under 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44, Firearms - Comment Period: July 22, 2020 - Aug. 21, 2020 - Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Exportation Report (AFMER) (ATF F 5300.11)

Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed eCollection; eComments – Action: 60-day Notice of Information Collection Under Review: Federal Firearms License (FFL) RENEWAL Application - Comment Period: July 14, 2020 - Sept. 14, 2020

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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