Firearms

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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. Compliance inspections target licensees likely to divert firearms from legitimate trade to criminal use and dealers with a history of poor compliance.

Federal Firearms Licensees

The Tools and Services for Licensee pages contain information regarding the firearms industry and its members, classifications of firearms and the interpretation of the regulations codified under 27 CFR, Parts 447, 478 and 479.

Notice to all registered eForms Users:

This latest edition of ATF’s eForms News (Volume 2, Issue 1) identifies and answers frequently asked questions (FAQ) such as recurring NFA errors and how to avoid them.   Other items include news regarding the enhanced eForms system; and the “State of eForms,” which updates NFA forms processing timelines, addresses improved pending application numbers, and provides a current eForms status update. Please send questions or comments to Lee.Alston-Williams@atf.gov .

If you need assistance regarding firearms enforcement related issues please contact your local ATF Office.

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Questions and Answers Regarding the Theft/Loss of Firearms in Transit

Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed eCollection; eComments Requested - Action: 60-day Notice of Information Collection Under Review: Firearms Transaction Record, ATF Form 4473 (5300.9)  (Proposed Revised Form 4473 (5300.9)

Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed eCollection; eComments Requested – Action: 30-day Notice of Information Collection Under Review: National Tracing Center Trace Request - ATF Form 3312.1

Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed eCollection; eComments Requested – Action: 30-day Notice of Information Collection Under Review: Certification of Qualifying State Relief from Disabilities Program - ATF Form 3210.12

Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed eCollection; eComments Requested - Action: 30-day Notice of Information Collection Under Review: Application to Register as an Importer of U.S. Munitions Import List Articles (OMB Number 1140-0009)

Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed eCollection; eComments Requested - Action: 30-day Notice of Information Collection Under Review: Application for Restoration of Firearms Privileges

Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed eCollection; eComments Requested - Action: 30-day Notice of Information Collection Under Review: Application for National Firearms Examiner Academy - ATF Form 6330.1

Agency Information Collection Activities:  Proposed eCollection; eComments Requested – Action: Notice of Information Collection Under Review: Application and Permit for Importation of Firearms, Ammunition and Defense Articles, ATF Form 6, Part II (5330.3B)

Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed eCollection; eComments Requested - Action: 60-day Notice of Information Collection Under Review: Application to Transport Interstate or Temporarily Export Certain National Firearms Act (NFA) Firearms