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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Regulatory Documents & Notices

How does ATF inform people of proposed and final changes to the regulations?

Like all Federal agencies, ATF publishes official notices of its actions in the Federal Register, a publication of the Government Printing Office. The Federal Register is published Monday through Friday (except Federal holidays), both on paper and online. Here is the address of the Federal Register online: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/nara/index.html.

When you access the Federal Register online, you can search by subject or use their “Browse Feature,” to view the Table of Contents of any recent issue. Using either of these means, you can view a document as either a text file or as a PDF file, using Adobe Acrobat ®.

In addition, we place a copy of these documents on the ATF web site shortly after the Federal Register makes the documents available through their web site. When you access a notice or advance notice of proposed rulemaking on our website, you will see directions on how to submit a comment to us. You will also be able to view comments submitted to ATF via the Federal eRulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov.

As part of publishing a document, the Federal Register places a copy of the manuscript “on file” in their office the day before it is printed. Members of the public may view the document at that time. Call the Federal Register for details. Their number is (202) 741-6000.