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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jim Crandall

August 3, 2001

FY 01-06

Identification Markings on Firearms

Washington, DC - The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
(ATF) announces that it is amending regulations in 27 CFR Parts 178 and
179 to prescribe minimum height and depth requirements for identification
markings placed on firearms by Federally licensed firearms importers and

Specifically, ATF is requiring a minimum height of 1/16 inch and a minimum
depth of .003 inch for serial numbers and a minimum depth of .003 inch
for all other required markings. ATF believes that these minimum standards
are necessary to ensure that firearms are properly identified in accordance
with the law. In addition, the final regulations will facilitate ATF's
ability to trace firearms used in crime.

The effective date of the final regulations is January 30, 2002. Click
for a complete text of the final rule (T.D. ATF-461) or visit
the ATF web site at