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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

ATF News

For Immediate Release

Contact: Art Resnick

FY 99-12

Date: June 23, 1999




Washington -- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is proposing to amend the regulations to prescribe minimum height and depth requirements for identification markings placed on firearms by licensed importers and licensed manufacturers. Specifically, ATF is proposing a minimum height of 3/32 inch and a minimum depth of .005 inch for serial numbers and a minimum depth of .005 inch for all other required markings. We believe that such minimum standards are necessary to ensure that firearms are properly identified in accordance with the law. In addition, the proposed regulations, if adopted, will facilitate our ability to trace the origin of firearms used in crime.


Written comments must be received by September 21, 1999.

Send written comments to:

Chief, Regulations Division

Post Office Box 50221

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

Washington, DC 20091-0221

ATTN: Notice No. 877

For further information, refer to the June 23, 1999, issue of the Federal Register, contact ATF's Public Information Division at (202) 927-8500, or visit the ATF web site at




This was last updated on June 23, 1999