Publications Library

ATF occasionally issues publications to inform the industries it regulates and the general public about the laws and regulations administered and enforced by ATF. These include guidebooks, newsletters, brochures, studies, and reports. ATF publications 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 They may also be rescinded or modified at ATF’s discretion.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.

Title Description Category Document Type
Notice 968 - Corrections (0 KB)

Corrections to Notice 968 - Comments are due on or before April 29, 2003. To submit a comment electronically, use http://www.regulations.gov. To submit comments by mail or fax, please see the instructions included within the notice. To view all comments and documents associated with this notice, go to http://www.regulations.gov and enter Corrections to Notice 968.

Explosives Report
Notice 968 - Additional Corrections (16 KB)

Additional Corrections to Notice 968 - Comments are due on or before April 29, 2003. To submit a comment electronically, use http://www.regulations.gov. To submit comments by mail or fax, please see the instructions included within the notice. To view all comments and documents associated with this notice, go to http://www.regulations.gov and enter Additional Corrections to Notice 968.

Explosives Report
Notice 956 (55 KB) Identification Markings Place on Imported Explosive Materials and Miscellaneous Amendments - Comments are due on or before January 14, 2003. To submit a comment electronically, use http://www.regulations.gov. To submit comments by mail or fax, please see the instructions included within the notice. To view all comments and documents associated with this notice, go to http://www.regulations.gov and enter Notice 956. Explosives Report
Notice 933 (46 KB)

Implementation of Public Law 104-208, the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997, Relating to a National Repository for Arson and Explosives Information (Pub. 11/15/01) - Comments are due on or before February 13, 2002. To submit a comment electronically, use http://www.regulations.gov. To submit comments by mail or fax, please see the instructions included within the notice. To view all comments and documents associated with this notice, go to http://www.regulations.gov and enter Notice 933.

Explosives Report
Notice 2014R-50N – Granting of Relief; Federal Firearms Privileges (194 KB)

Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation (NGSC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC), has been granted relief from the disabilities imposed by Federal laws by the Director of ATF with respect to the acquisition, receipt, transfer, shipment, transportation, or possession of firearms.

Firearms Report
OMB 1140 - Report of Multiple Sale or Other Disposition of Certain Rifles (140 KB)

The Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, will submit the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with emergency review procedures of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. OMB approval has been requested by January 5, 2011.

Firearms Report
Notice 48N — Granting of Relief; Federal Firearms Privileges (2011R–13T) (172 KB)

Northrop Grumman Guidance and Electronics Company, Inc. (NGGECI) (formerly Litton Systems, Inc.), a subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC), has been granted relief from the disabilities imposed by Federal laws by the Director of ATF with respect to the acquisition, transfer, receipt, shipment, or possession of firearms.

Firearms Report
Notice 36N — Hearing Procedures Relating to Federal Firearms Licenses (156 KB)

In this notice, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) advises federal firearms licensees and other interested parties of its current procedures regarding administrative hearings held as part of firearms license proceedings. The intended purpose of the notice is to ensure that federal firearms licensees and persons applying for a federal firearms license are familiar with the hearing process relative to the denial, revocation, or suspension of a federal firearms license, or the imposition of a civil fine. This notice does not contain any policy guidelines as to whether a notice of denial, revocation, suspension or fine should be issued.

Firearms Report
Notice 32N — Delegation Order — Authority to Facilitate Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (134 KB)

This order delegates the authority to exercise the authorities and responsibilities committed to the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) under the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007, Public Law 110–180 (NIAA). This authority is to establish and enforce the criteria that applicable Federal departments and agencies and states use to create qualifying relief from firearms disabilities programs, to make decisions as to whether applicable Federal departments and agencies and states have properly implemented and certified relief from firearms disabilities programs under the NIAA, and to make any related determinations under the NIAA regarding such relief from firearms disabilities programs.

Firearms Report
Notice 3 — The Gang Resistance Education and Training Program (G.R.E.A.T): Availability of Financial Assistance, Criteria, and Application Procedure (165 KB)

Subject to the availability of appropriations, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) intends to enter into cooperative agreements with State and local law enforcement agencies to assist them in providing the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Program to school students. This notice also sets forth the intended funding priorities and criteria, as well as the application procedures that ATF will use to select, and award Federal funds to, State and local law enforcement agencies to deliver the G.R.E.A.T. Program.

Resource Center Report
ATF 2013R-9F (217 KB)

Technical Amendments to Regulations - The effective date of this final rule is August 11, 2014. - This final rule makes technical amendments and corrects typographical errors in ATF regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Many of the technical changes are being made to reflect changes in nomenclature resulting from the transfer of ATF to the Department of Justice from the Department of the Treasury pursuant to the Homeland Security Act of 2002. The changes are designed to provide clarity and enhance uniformity throughout these regulations.

Resource Center Report
ATF 19F (199 KB) Elimination of Firearms Transaction Record, ATF Form 4473 (Low Volume) -The effective date of this final rule is October 3, 2014. - The Department of Justice is amending the regulations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) by eliminating the Firearms Transaction Record, ATF Form 4473 (Low Volume (LV)), Parts I and II. Federally licensed firearms dealers used this form as an alternate record for the receipt and disposition of firearms. Because licensees rarely use Form 4473 (LV), ATF has determined that continued use of this form is unwarranted and it should be eliminated. Licensees will be required to use the standard Form 4473 for all dispositions and maintain a record of the acquisition and disposition of firearms in accordance with the regulations.
 
Rules and Regulations Report
ATF 25I (236 KB) Importation of Arms, Ammunition and Defense Articles--Removal of Certain Defense Articles Currently on the U.S. Munitions Import List That No Longer Warrant Import Control Under the Arms Export Control Act.”  The effective date of this finale rule is April 28, 2014.  Comments on this interim final rule are due on or before June 25, 2014.  To submit a comment electronically, use the http://www.regulations.govfor Docket No. ATF 25I.  To submit comments by mail or fax, see the instructions included within the notice.  To view all comments and documents associated with this rulemaking, go to http://www.regulations.gov. Rules and Regulations Report
ATF 43P (213 KB) Importation of Arms, Ammunition and Implements of War and Machine Guns, Destructive Devices, and Certain Other Firearms; Extending the Term of Import Permits (2010R–26P). The effective date of this final rule is April 8, 2014. - This rule amends the regulations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to extend the standard term of import permits for firearms, ammunition, and defense articles from 1 year to 2 years. The additional time will allow importers sufficient time to complete the importation of the authorized commodity. In addition, it will eliminate the need for the importer to submit a new import application, ATF Form 6, where the importation was not completed within the 1-year period.
 
Rules and Regulations Report
ATF 22I (237 KB) Residency Requirements for Aliens Acquiring Firearms. Comments on this interim final rule are due on or before September 5, 2012. - The Department of Justice is amending the regulations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) by removing the 90-day State residency requirement for aliens lawfully present in the United States to purchase or acquire a firearm. The Department has determined that the Gun Control Act does not permit ATF to impose a regulatory requirement that aliens lawfully present in the United States are subject to a 90-day State residency requirement when such a requirement is not applicable to U.S. citizens. Rules and Regulations Report
ATF 24F (239 KB) Firearms Disabilities for Certain Nonimmigrant Aliens. The effective date of this final rule is July 9, 2012. - The Department of Justice has now determined that the relevant statutory prohibitions on transfer and possession of firearms and ammunition apply only to nonimmigrant aliens who were admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa, and that the prohibitions do not apply to nonimmigrant aliens who lawfully entered the United States without a visa.
 
Rules and Regulations Report
ATF 17F (157 KB) Decision-Making Authority Regarding the Denial, Suspension, or Revocation of a Federal Firearms License, or Imposition of a Civil Fine - The Department of Justice has adopted as final, without change, an interim rule that amended the regulations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (‘‘ATF’’) to delegate to the Director of ATF the authority to serve as the deciding official regarding the denial, suspension, or revocation of federal firearms licenses, or the imposition of a civil fine. Under the interim rule, the Director has the flexibility to delegate to another ATF official the authority to decide a revocation or denial matter, or may exercise that authority himself. Because the Director can redelegate authority to take action as the final agency decision-maker to Headquarters officials, field officials, or some combination thereof, such flexibility allows ATF to more efficiently conduct denial, suspension, and revocation hearings, and make the determination whether to impose a civil fine.
 
Rules and Regulations Report
ATF 15F (153 KB) Storage of Shock Tube with Detonators - The Department of Justice is amending the regulations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) by allowing shock tube to be stored with detonators because these materials when stored together do not pose a mass detonation hazard. Shock tube is a small diameter plastic laminate tube coated with a very thin layer of explosive material. When initiated, it transmits a low energy wave from one point to another. The outer surface of the tube remains intact during and after functioning.
 
Explosives Report
AG Order No. 3421-2014 (223 KB) Authorization To Seize Property Involved in Drug Offenses for Administrative Forfeiture - The Department of Justice is amending its regulations to extend the trial period during which the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) may exercise, for an additional one-year period following the effective date of this rule, the authority under the United States Code to seize and administratively forfeit property involved in controlled substance offenses.
 
Resource Center Report
AG Order No. 3342-2012 (200 KB) Authorization to Seize Property Involved in Drug Offenses for Administrative Forfeiture - The Department of Justice is amending its regulations to allow the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to exercise, for a one-year period following the effective date of this rule, the authority to seize and administratively forfeit property involved in controlled substance offenses. Resource Center Report
ATF Quarterly Bulletin 2002, Volume 3 (26 KB)

The Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Quarterly Bulletin is the authoritative instrument of the Bureau for announcing official rulings and procedures, and for publishing Treasury decisions, legislation, administrative matters, and other items of general interest. It incorporates, into one publication, matters of the Bureau, which are of public record.

Resource Center Report
ATF Quarterly Bulletin 2002, Volume 2 (103 KB) The Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Quarterly Bulletin is the authoritative instrument of the Bureau for announcing official rulings and procedures, and for publishing Treasury decisions, legislation, administrative matters, and other items of general interest. It incorporates, into one publication, matters of the Bureau, which are of public record. Resource Center Report
ATF Quarterly Bulletin 2002, Volume 1 (103 KB) The Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Quarterly Bulletin is the authoritative instrument of the Bureau for announcing official rulings and procedures, and for publishing Treasury decisions, legislation, administrative matters, and other items of general interest. It incorporates, into one publication, matters of the Bureau, which are of public record. Resource Center Report
ATF Quarterly Bulletin 2001, Volume 3 (103 KB) The Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Quarterly Bulletin is the authoritative instrument of the Bureau for announcing official rulings and procedures, and for publishing Treasury decisions, legislation, administrative matters, and other items of general interest. It incorporates, into one publication, matters of the Bureau, which are of public record. Resource Center Report
ATF Quarterly Bulletin 2001, Volume 2 (104 KB) The Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Quarterly Bulletin is the authoritative instrument of the Bureau for announcing official rulings and procedures, and for publishing Treasury decisions, legislation, administrative matters, and other items of general interest. It incorporates, into one publication, matters of the Bureau, which are of public record. Resource Center Report
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