How does a person register a firearm or remove a name from a firearms registration?

Only those firearms subject to the National Firearms Act (NFA) (e.g., machineguns, short–barreled rifles and shotguns, silencers, destructive devices, and firearms designated as “any other weapons”) must be registered with ATF.

Firearms registration may be required by state or local law. Any person considering acquiring a firearm should contact their State Attorney General’s Office to inquire about the laws and possible state or local restrictions.

[26 U.S.C. 5841; 27 CFR 479.101]]

Last Reviewed April 12, 2022