For Immediate Release
Guidance on Disaster Preparedness for Federal Firearms Licensees and Explosives Licensees and Permittees
WASHINGTON D.C. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is committed to ensuring public safety by working directly and through partnerships to assist federal firearms licensees (FFL) and federal explosives licensees and permittees (FEL/FEP) in complying with federal laws and regulations.
The National Weather Service has forecasted Hurricane Harvey as a major hurricane on the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana. A disaster preparedness plan should be established by all licensees to safeguard their businesses by protecting explosives, firearms, and required records. If necessary, licensees (and permittees) should take precautionary steps by contacting their local ATF field office regarding:
- the relocation of explosives magazines or inventory and records from business premises to a safe location; or
- the removal of firearms and ammunition inventory, ATF Forms 4473 and 3310.4; and acquisition and disposition records from business premises to a safe location.
For more information in preparation for potential disasters, such as hurricanes floods and tornados:
- Explosives licensees and permittees should refer to ATF Publication 5400.16.
- Firearms licensees should refer to ATF Publication 3317.7.