Special Message from ATF: State Laws and Published Ordinances

I am pleased to provide you with the 32nd Edition of State Laws and Published Ordinances -Firearms (ATF Electronic P-5300.5). These Electronic Publications will help you comply with Federal and State firearms laws and, specifically, with the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA). The GCA prohibits licensees from selling or delivering a firearm to a nonlicensee whose receipt or possession of the firearm would violate State or local laws applicable at the place of sale or delivery. In addition, this book will help you make lawful over-the-counter sales of rifles and shotguns to out-of-State residents, transactions that must meet the legal requirements of both your the Federal firearms licensee's (FFL's) and the purchaser's States of residence.

As an FFL, you play a critical role in safeguarding the public by ensuring that only lawful persons can acquire firearms from you. When deciding whether to make a sale, you should first consult the full text of the State requirements and, if appropriate, contact State and local authorities before making a decision.

If you have any questions concerning major issues affecting the daily conduct of your business, you may call the numbers referenced below:

Interpretation of a State or local law or ordinance:  Contact your State police, local law enforcement authority, or your State Attorney General's office.

Federal firearms laws or regulations:  You can find the ATF Industry Operations field office nearest you at www.atf.gov/contact/atf-field-divisions.

Stolen or lost firearms, including National Firearms Act weapons:  Contact 1-888-930-9275 (Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.).

If you have knowledge of any unlawful activities concerning firearms:  Contact 1-800-ATF-GUNS.

Questions regarding NICS checks:  Contact the FBI NICS Operations Center at https://forms.fbi.gov/assistance-with-nics-processing-issues.

Your Federal firearms license or renewal application:  Contact our Federal Firearms Licensing Center at 1-866-662-2750.

 

Signature of Thomas E. Brandon

Thomas E. Brandon
Acting Director

 

STATE LAWS AND PUBLISHED ORDINANCE - FIREARMS (32nd EDITION - 2017-2018)

The State laws and ordinances in this publication are current through January 2017.

This material is not intended to provide legal advice and should be used only for informational purposes.  It is possible that a State may have passed a more recent law(s) or issued interpretations or regulations that have yet to be published and are not included in thie publication.  If you have any questions regarding State, County or local laws, please contact your state's Attorney General.

Last Reviewed July 21, 2017