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 They may also be rescinded or modified at ATF’s discretion.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.

Titlesort ascending Description Category Document Type
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-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-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
TD-414: Rules of Practice in Permit Proceedings; Technical Amendments (Published: 09/10/99 – Effective: 09/19/99) (16 KB)

This Treasury decision amends the provisions of 27 CFR part 200 to change the title designation “District Director” to “Director of Industry Operations (DIO)” wherever it appears, and to make other necessary conforming amendments. All such changes are to provide clarity and uniformity throughout Title 27 Code of Federal Regulations.

Resource Center Report
TD-411: Technical Amendments to 27 CFR part 178 (Published: 04/09/99 – Effective: 04/09/99) (19 KB) This Treasury decision changes the titles "Regional Director (Compliance)" to "Director of Industry Operations" and "Chief, Firearms and Explosives Licensing Center" to "Chief, National Licensing Center." It also replaces the term "region" with "division" and the term "regional counsel" with "Assistant Chief Counsel and Division Counsel." Finally, the decision replaces the words "local ATF office (compliance)" with "local ATF office." The changes are to provide clarity and uniformity throughout Title 27 Code of Federal Regulations
(CFR).
Resource Center Report
TD-409: Delegation of Authority for ATF. (Published: 03/22/99 – Effective: 03/22/99) (76 KB) This final rule places most ATF authorities contained in part 24, title 27 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), with the appropriate ATF officer and requires that persons
file documents required by part 24, 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.
 
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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-400: This final rule amends regulations to clarify the meanings of terms, increase license and permit fees, eliminate duplication in licensing, relax the licensing requirements for on-site manufacturers, implement a storage notification requirement (104 KB)

This final rule amends regulations to clarify the meanings of terms, increase license and permit fees, eliminate duplication in licensing, relax the licensing requirements for on-site manufacturers, implement a storage notification requirement for manufacturers and other storers of explosives, update the theft/loss hotline number for reporting thefts or losses of explosives, and make minor modifications to regulations on storage.

Explosives Report
TD-396: Implementation of Public Law 103-322, the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (Published: 03/16/98 – Effective: 05/15/98) (62 KB)

These final regulations implement the provisions of Public Law 103-322, the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. This Treasury decision adopts the regulations substantially as proposed in Notice No. 807, as amended by Notice No. 833.

Resource Center Report
TD-394: Final Rule: Manufacturers Excise Taxes-Firearms and Ammunition (Published: 02/04/98 – Effective: 04/06/98) (14 KB)

This final rule adopts without change temporary regulations published in the Federal Register on July 16, 1996. The temporary rule amended the regulations in 27 CFR part 53 that require exemption certificates or vendee statements in support of certain tax-free sales of firearms and ammunition. As amended by the temporary rule and this final rule, the regulations provide that taxpayers may use a pre-printed document as an exemption certificate or vendee statement, or design their own certificate and statement using specified information. The regulatory amendments are part of the Administration's efforts to reduce regulatory burdens and streamline requirements.

Rules and Regulations Report
TD-393: Removal of Restrictions on Importation of Defense Articles From Specified New Independent States of the Former Soviet Union and Yugoslavia and To Amend the Term “Military Firearms and Ammunition” (Published: 11/17/97 – Effective: 11/17/97) (34 KB)

This final rule removes the following States of the former Soviet Union from the list of countries from which the import of defense articles into the United States is proscribed: Georgia, Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russian Federation, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. The rule also restricts the importation of certain firearms and ammunition located or manufactured in any of the above countries or previously manufactured in the Soviet Union to conform to limitations contained in an agreement between the United States and the Russian Federation and in accordance with advice from the Department of State.

Resource Center Report
TD-391: Definitions for the Categories of Persons Prohibited From Receiving Firearms (Published: 06/27/97 – Effective: 08/26/97) (99 KB)

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is amending the regulations to provide definitions for the categories of persons prohibited from receiving or possessing firearms. The definitions will facilitate the implementation of the national instant criminal  background check system (NICS) required under the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act.

Resource Center Report
TD-389: Residency Requirements for Persons Acquiring Firearms; Temporary Rule and Proposed Rule Published: 04/21/97 – Effective: 04/21/97) (70 KB)

This temporary rule amends the regulations to provide for a firearms purchaser's affirmative statement of his or her State of residence on ATF Form 4473 (Firearms Transaction Record) and ATF Form 5300.35 (Statement of Intent to Obtain a Handgun) in acquiring a firearm from a Federal firearms licensee.

Rules and Regulations Report
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 477: Correction (Published: 7/26/02) (32 KB)

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms published a final rule in the April 15, 2002, Federal Register concerning the delegation of the Director’s authorities in its exportation of liquors regulations.

Resource Center Report
TD 451: Delegation of Authority (Published: 5/01/01) (48 KB)

This final rule places ATF authorities contained in ATF regulations, with the ‘‘appropriate ATF officer’’ and requires that persons file documents required by ATF regulations, 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 and the word ‘‘region.’’

Resource Center Report
TD 449: Labeling Proceedings; Delegation of Authority (Published: 4/13/01) (44 KB)

This final rule places all ATF authorities contained in regulations on ‘‘Labeling Proceedings’’ with the ‘‘appropriate ATF officer’’ and requires that persons file documents required by those regulations with the ‘‘appropriate ATF officer’’ or in  accordance with the instructions on the ATF form.

Resource Center Report
TD 446: Technical amendments (Published 3/27/01) (41 KB)

This Treasury decision makes technical amendments and corrects typographical errors in parts 55, 70, 270 and 275 of title 27 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

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TD 444: Tobacco products and cigarette papers and tubes shipped from Puerto Rico; on-site supervision and forms eliminated (Published: 3/8/01) (39 KB)

This temporary rule eliminates ATF on-site supervision of tobacco products and cigarette papers and tubes of Puerto Rican manufacture that are shipped from Puerto Rico to the United States and related ATF forms. Specifically, this temporary rule eliminates the requirements that persons who ship such articles notify ATF prior to the shipment and that an ATF officer inspects, certifies that the amount of tax on such articles has been calculated correctly for, and releases, each shipment.

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
TD 439: Delegation of Authority in Part 170 (Effective: 02/02/01) (54 KB)

This final rule places all ATF authorities contained in part 170, title 27 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), with the ‘‘appropriate ATF officer’’ and requires that persons file documents required by 27 CFR part 170, with the ‘‘appropriate ATF officer.’’  also, this final rule removes the definitions of, and references to, specific officers subordinate to the Director.

Resource Center Report
TD 438: Delegation of Authority in 27 CFR Part 30 (Published: 01/19/01) (48 KB)

This final rule places all ATF authorities contained in part 30, title 27 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), with the ‘‘appropriate ATF officer.’’ Also, this final rule removes the definitions of, and references to, specific officers subordinate to the Director.

Resource Center Report
TD 437a: Delegation of Authority for Part 25 (Correction) (Published: 4/04/01) (33 KB)

This document makes one correction to a final rule published in the Federal Register of January 19, 2001, regarding delegation of authorities contained in part 25, title 27 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

Resource Center Report
TD 437: Delegation of Authority for Part 25 (Published: 01/19/01) (58 KB)

This final rule places ATF authorities contained in part 25, title 27 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), with the ‘‘appropriate ATF officer’’ and requires that persons file documents required by part 25, 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 and the word ‘‘region.’’ Concurrently with this Treasury Decision, ATF Order 1130.10 is being published.

Resource Center Report
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