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Title Description Category Document Type
Alaska Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1966 KB)

This brochure contains trace data related information from January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014.

About Report
Implementation of Public Law 105-277 Relating to Secure Gun Storage, Amended Definition of “Antique Firearm,” and Miscellaneous Amendments (99R 125P) (247 KB)

The Department of Justice proposes amending the regulations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), to codify into regulation certain provisions of Public Law 105-277, Omnibus Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 1999.  The proposed rule would amend ATF’s regulations to account for the existing statutory requirement for applicants for firearms dealer licenses to certify that secure gun storage or safety devices will be available at any place where firearms are sold under the license to nonlicensed individuals, and amend definitions of certain terms, including an amended definition of “antique firearm,” to include certain muzzle loading firearms. 

Rules and Regulations Rulemaking
TD-416: Delegation of Authority in 27 CFR Part 1 (Published: 09/15/99 – Effective: 09/15/99) (17 KB)

Authority delegation. This final rule places most ATF authorities contained in part 1, title 27 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), with the “appropriate ATF officer” and requires that persons file documents required by part 1, title 27 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), with the “appropriate ATF officer” or in accordance with the instructions on the ATF form. Also, this final rule removes the definitions of, and references to, specific officers subordinate to the Director.

Resource Center Report
TD-419: Implementation of Public Law 104-132, the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, Relating to the Marking of Plastic Explosives for the Purpose of Detection. (Published:10/14/99 – Effective: 12/13/99) (27 KB)

This final rule implements certain provisions of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-132).  These regulations implement the law by requiring detection agents for plastic explosives. The final rule also authorizes the use of four specific detection agents to mark plastic explosives and provides for the designation of other detection agents.

Explosives Report
TD 427: Extension of Package Use-Up Rule for Roll-Your-Own Tobacco Manufacturers and Importers (Published: 06/29/2000) (121 KB)

In Treasury Decision ATF–424, ATF issued temporary regulations requiring manufacturers and importers to mark packages of roll-your-own tobacco as either ‘‘roll-your-own tobacco’’ or ‘‘Tax Class J.’’ The temporary regulations provided a use up period until April 1, 2000 for manufacturers who used packages that did not meet the marking requirements, provided they used the packages before January 1, 2000.

Resource Center Report
Safety and Security Information for Federal Firearms Licensees (ATF P 3317.2) (4296 KB)

This booklet provides safety and security  information for Federal firearms licensees (FFL) and their businesses.  In this booklet you will find information pertaining to ATF's stolen firearms program, steps for reducing your vulnerability to theft or loss, properly identifying and recording firearms information, recording suspicious person descriptions and how to report a theft or loss of firearms inventory. 

Firearms Guide
2015 Summary: Firearms Reported Lost and Stolen (853 KB)

2015 Summary: Firearms Reported Lost and Stolen

Firearms Report
ATF 9F (57 KB)

This final rule conforms the regulations in 27 CFR Part 447 to the revised International Traffic in Arms Regulations by amending the list of countries from which the importation of defense articles into the United States is proscribed by adding Afghanistan and removing South Africa and some of the states composing the former Soviet Union (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Tajikistan). The rule also removes the arms embargo against the countries of Serbia and Montenegro. It also clarifies an outdated reference in the regulations to Zaire, currently known as the ‘‘Democratic Republic of the Congo,’’ and makes a miscellaneous technical amendment to the regulations.

Rules and Regulations Report
ATF Disclosure Of Firearms Trace Data (ATF P 3312.11) (177 KB)

This brochure clarifies ATF's disclosure policy regarding trace data.

Firearms Guide
ATF I 5300.2 — Youth Handgun Safety Act Notice (70 KB)

Federal law prohibits, except in certain limited circumstances, anyone under 18 years of age from knowingly possessing a handgun, or any person from selling, delivering, or otherwise transferring a handgun to a person under 18. A knowing violation of the prohibition against selling, delivering, or otherwise transferring a handgun to a person under the age of 18 is, under certain circumstances, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Firearms Report
ATF National Firearms Act Handbook (ATF P 5320.8) (10347 KB)

This handbook is primarily for the use of persons in the business of importing, manufacturing, and dealing in firearms defined by the National Firearms Act (NFA) or persons intending to go into an NFA firearms business. It should also be helpful to collectors of NFA firearms and other persons having questions about the application of the NFA. 

Firearms Guide
National Firearms Act Branch (ATF P 5320.6) (1648 KB)

This brochure provides information about ATF's National Firearms Act (NFA) Branch.

Firearms Guide
TD-404: This final rule amends regulations relating to the manufacturers excise tax on firearms and ammunition. (Published: 10/01/98 – Effective: 11/30/98) (70 KB)

This final rule amends regulations relating to the manufacturers excise tax on firearms and ammunition. Under 26 U.S.C. 4181, a tax is imposed on the sale by the manufacturer, importer or producer of firearms, shells, and cartridges. The tax is 10 percent of the sale price for pistols and revolvers, 11 percent for firearms (other than pistols and revolvers), and 11 percent for shells and cartridges. Current regulations provide that no tax is imposed by section 4181 on the sale of parts or accessories of firearms, pistols, revolvers, shells, and cartridges when sold separately or when sold with a complete firearm. This final rule amends the regulations to clarify which parts and accessories must be included in the sale price when calculating the tax on firearms.

Rules and Regulations Report
TD-402: Posting of Signs and Written Notification to Purchasers of Handguns (Published: 07/13/98 – Effective: 09/11/98) (70 KB)

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is amending the firearms regulations to require that signs be posted on the premises of Federal firearms licensees and that written notification be issued with each handgun sold advising of the provisions of the Youth Handgun Safety Act.

Rules and Regulations Report
TD-415: Implementation of Public Law 103-159, Relating to the Permanent Provisions of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (Published: 10/29/98 – Effective: 11/30/98) (59 KB)

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is amending the regulations to implement the provisions of Public Law 103-159, relating to the permanent provisions of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act. These regulations implement the law by requiring, with some exceptions, a licensed firearms importer, manufacturer, or dealer to contact the national instant criminal background check system (NICS) before transferring any firearm to an unlicensed individual. NICS will advise the licensee whether the system contains any information that the prospective purchaser is prohibited by law from possessing or receiving a firearm.

Rules and Regulations Report
Gun Free School Zone Notice (ATF P 5310.1) (934 KB)

This notice provides information about the laws and public responsibility regarding firearms near to or in school zones. 

Firearms Guide
Guide to Firearms Types (ATF M 3317.7) (478 KB)

This information document provides basic information for law enforcement about the structure of firearms by type.

Firearms Guide
Firearms Curios or Relics List (1972-2007) (ATF P 5300.11) (521 KB)

This publication is a cumulative digest of determinations made by ATF and is not inclusive of all weapons meeting curio and relic classification (i.e., firearms manufactured at least 50 years prior to the current day). This list was revised December 2007. 

Firearms Guide
Recordkeeping Regulations - Technical Amendment to 27 CFR 478.125 (54 KB)

This final rule makes technical amendments to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) regulations in title 27 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) pertaining to certain firearms recordkeeping requirements in 27 CFR 478.125 and 478.125a to provide clarity and enhance uniformity.  The technical changes are being made in the wording of three tables to reflect the same wording in the body of the regulations associated with the tables regarding the required description of firearms for recordkeeping purposes

Rules and Regulations Rulemaking
How to Conduct a Firearms Inventory, ATF P 5380.2 (207 KB)

This publication provides guidelines on how to conduct a firearms inventory.

Firearms Guide
2015 Report on Firearms Commerce in the U.S. (1176 KB)

This is the 2015 Annual Statistical Update on Firearms Commerce in the United States. (This publication has been updated to correct 2013 firearms manufactured total in Exhibit 1.)

About Report
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter - May 2012 (241 KB)

What’s in This Issue: Customer Service Standards; SHOT Show 2012; Multiple Trade Name Policy; Hunting Licenses Issued by Retailers; Binary Exploding Targets; Completion of Section A of ATF Form 4473 Out-of-State Driver’s License Used as an Identification Document; REAL ID Act of 2005; Recording Firearms in the Acquisition and Disposition Record; Guide to Requesting Marking Variances; Firearms Commerce in the United States 2011; Looking for Past Newsletters?; FBI NICS Information

Firearms Newsletter
TD 487: Reorganization of Title 27, Code of Federal Regulations (Published: 1/24/03) (124 KB)

The Homeland Security Act of 2002 divides the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Department of the Treasury, into two separate agencies, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) in the Department of Justice, and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) in the Department of the Treasury. 27 CFR Parts 447, 478 et al. Reorganization of Title 27, Code of Federal Regulations; Final Rule

Resource Center Report
TD 422b: Implementation of Public Law 105-33, Section 9302, Requiring the Qualification of Tobacco Product Importers and Miscellaneous Technical Amendments: Correction (Published: 07/24/2000) (120 KB)

This document contains a correcting amendment to the temporary regulations, which were published in the Federal Register on December 22, 1999 (64 FR 71947) and on March 21, 2000 (65 FR 15058). The temporary regulations relate to implementing certain provisions of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 that set forth requirements that, beginning January 1, 2000, importers of tobacco products must qualify for a permit to conduct that activity.

Resource Center Report
TD 443: Distribution and Use of Tax-Free Alcohol (Published: 3/02/01) (39 KB)

This final rule amends the regulations in 27 CFR part 22 by eliminating the requirement for users of tax-free alcohol to file a bond. It also liberalizes certain qualification requirements relating to tax-free alcohol user permits.

Resource Center Report
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