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Applying for a Federal Explosives License
What type of explosives licenses are available?
May a same-sex spouse of a deceased licensee (including a Special (Occupational) Taxpayer) carry on the licensed firearms (or explosives) business for the remainder of the term of the license?
What types of fireworks require an ATF license or permit in order to be lawfully transported or received?
What areas of a fireworks manufacturing plant are considered to be “fireworks process buildings?”
Under what conditions may I temporarily store display fireworks (including low explosives for choreographed shows) on trucks?
Must partially assembled display fireworks be removed from a drying building for overnight storage?
How must display fireworks be stored?
Are “display fireworks” considered to be explosive materials subject to regulation under Federal explosives laws and regulations?
Are “consumer fireworks” subject to regulation under the Federal explosives laws?
Are “Articles Pyrotechnic” subject to the requirements of the Federal explosives regulations?
Recordkeeping Requirements - Explosives
Where must a licensee or permittee keep the daily summary of magazine transactions?
When must ATF Form 5400.4, “Limited Permittee Transaction Report (LPTR)”, be executed?
Must a licensee or permittee maintain a daily summary of magazine transactions?
May I keep computerized records?
Is there a requirement for licensees and permittees to make an annual inventory of explosive materials on hand?
How do licensees and permittees account for explosive quantities in their records?
How can I obtain additional copies of ATF Forms?
Does a purchaser of black powder have to sign any forms at the time of purchase?
Does a licensee or permittee have to keep records of the acquisition, distribution, and storage of explosive materials?
Do the ATF Forms 5400.4 have to be maintained by the licensee or permittee making the sale?
With the exception of 3/32" pyrotechnic safety fuse for use in small arms, must black powder fuses generally be stored in approved explosives magazines?
Who must comply with the storage requirements?
When low and high explosives are stored together, how is the distance determined to meet the table of distance requirements?
What is the “Table of Distances”?
What is the definition of a “case hardened shackle?”
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