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Title Description Category Document Type
Explosive Pest Control Devices (2002R-285P) (49 KB)

Based, in part, on a petition we have received, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is proposing to amend the regulations to provide a limited exemption from the requirements of part 55 for individuals having a legitimate need to use explosive pest control devices for wildlife management purposes. The proposed regulations are intended to facilitate the acquisition of these devices by those individuals who have a legitimate pest control need.

Explosives Rulemaking
Armor Piercing Ammunition (98 KB)

To protect the lives and safety of law enforcement officers from the threat posed by ammunition capable of penetrating a protective vest when fired from a handgun, the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA), as amended, prohibits the import, manufacture, and distribution of "armor piercing ammunition" as defined by the statute. Interpreting the meaning of this statutory language, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has developed a framework that will apply to requests seeking a determination that certain projectiles qualify for this "sporting purpose" exemption.

Firearms General Notice
Commerce in Firearms and Ammunition-Reporting Theft or Loss of Firearms in Transit (2007R-9P) (269 KB)

The final rule specifies that when a Federal firearms licensee (FFL) discovers a firearm it shipped was stolen or lost in transit, the transferor/sender FFL must report the theft or loss to ATF and to the appropriate local authorities within 48 hours of discovery. 

Firearms Rulemaking
Final Rule – Machineguns, Destructive Devices and Certain Other Firearms; Background Checks for Responsible Persons of a Trust or Legal Entity With Respect to Making or Transferring a Firearm (625 KB)

The Department of Justice is amending the regulations of the ATF regarding the making or transferring of a firearm under the National Firearms Act. This final rule standardizes the requirements by ensuring that responsible persons for a trust or legal entity are subject to the same identification and background check requirements as individuals. To lessen potential compliance burdens for the public and law enforcement, this final rule eliminates the requirement for a certification signed by the chief law enforcement officer (CLEO) and instead requires CLEO notification. The final rule also clarifies the definition “responsible person” for a trust or legal entity to address concerns about the definition’s scope while maintaining the important objective of ensuring background checks for relevant parties associated with a trust or legal entity.

Firearms Rulemaking
ffl_type_by_state_02102016.pdf (35 KB)

Report of Active Firearms Licenses - License by State Statistics - February 10, 2016

Firearms General Notice
Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act Information Guide (297 KB)

The Attorney General has delegated the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to administer and enforce the PACT Act. ATF is providing this document on the PACT Act’s amendments to the Jenkins Act (15 U.S.C. §375-378), which governs the collection of taxes on, and trafficking in, cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. There are specified responsibilities that require independent action, coordination of efforts, and information sharing.

PACT Act Law

Alcohol & Tobacco Guide
List of Explosive Materials - 2015 (174 KB)

Notice of List of Explosive Materials

Explosives General Notice
State Laws and Published Ordinances (2010-2011) - Alabama (139 KB)

State of Alabama Firearms Code.

Resource Center Guide
State Laws and Published Ordinances (2010-2011) - Alaska (63 KB)

State of Alaska Firearms Code

Resource Center Guide
State Laws and Published Ordinances (2010-2011) - American Samoa (48 KB)

American Samoa Firearms Code

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State Laws and Published Ordinances (2010-2011) - Arizona (78 KB)

State of Arizona Firearms Code

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State Laws and Published Ordinances (2010-2011) - Arkansas (57 KB)

State of Arkansas Firearms Code

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State Laws and Published Ordinances (2010-2011) - California (860 KB)

State of California Firearms Code

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State Laws and Published Ordinances (2010-2011) - Colorado (107 KB)

State of Colorado Firearms Code

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State Laws and Published Ordinances (2010-2011) - Connecticut (192 KB)

State of Connecticut Firearms Code

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State Laws and Published Ordinances (2010-2011) - Delaware (88 KB)

State of Delaware Firearms Code

Resource Center Guide
State Laws and Published Ordinances (2010-2011) - District of Columbia (153 KB)

District of Columbia Firearms Code

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State Laws and Published Ordinances (2010-2011) - Florida (161 KB)

State of Florida Firearms Code

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State Laws and Published Ordinances (2010-2011) - Georgia (93 KB)

State of Georgia Firearms Code

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State Laws and Published Ordinances (2010-2011) - Guam (55 KB)

Guam Firearms Code

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State Laws and Published Ordinances (2010-2011) - Hawaii (76 KB)

State of Hawaii Firearms Code

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State Laws and Published Ordinances (2010-2011) - Idaho (57 KB)

State of Idaho Firearms Code

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State Laws and Published Ordinances (2010-2011) - Illinois (397 KB)

State of Illinois Firearms Code

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State Laws and Published Ordinances (2010-2011) - Indiana (133 KB)

State of Indiana Firearms Code

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State Laws and Published Ordinances (2010-2011) - Kansas (60 KB)

State of Kansas Firearms Code

Resource Center Guide
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