Questions and Answers
ATF receives numerous telephone and electronic inquiries on a daily basis. In an effort to be consistent and to provide individuals with the most up-to-date information, ATF has compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions and provided answers to those questions (Q&As). Q&As do not have the force and effect of federal statutes or Department of Justice regulations, and are not final agency actions. They may also be rescinded or modified at ATF’s discretion.
For more information, see “Memorandum for All Components: Prohibition of Improper Guidance Documents,” from Attorney General Jefferson B. Sessions III, November 16, 2017.
Answers to common questions about alcohol and tobacco diversion, which is the trafficking of alcohol and tobacco products in avoidance of Federal, State or foreign taxes or in violation of Federal, State or foreign law.
These questions are intended to help you gain a better understanding of explosives-related issues. You can also find the latest federal explosives regulations in our Rules and Regulations section.
Answers to some common questions about importing or exporting firearms into/from the United States if you are not a federal firearms licensee.
Questions regarding the personal collections of firearms if you are a federal firearms licensee (FFL).
Answers to common questions about firearm records and bound book entries.
Answers to frequently asked questions regarding the theft or loss of firearms in transit.