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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

June 3, 2010


Contact: Public Affairs Division

(202) 648-8500

ATF Decision-Making Authority Regarding Denial, Suspension, Revocation, or Civil Fine of Federal Firearms Licensees

The following statement is from Kenneth E. Melson, Deputy Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives:

ATF, in an effort to ensure consistency within the Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) community, initiated the ruling released today which provides ATF headquarters oversight of all administrative actions prior to notices being sent to the licensee.

This ruling establishes the final approval authority for denial of applications for licenses, suspension or revocation of licenses, or imposition of civil fines.

Read the ruling: Decision-Making Authority Regarding the Denial, Suspension, or Revocation of a Federal Firearms License, or Imposition of a Civil Fine.