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 They may also be rescinded or modified at ATF’s discretion.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

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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.

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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.

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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.’’

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TD-457: Recodification of Regulations on Tobacco Products and Cigarette Papers and Tubes (Published: 6/14/01) (47 KB)

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is recodifying the regulations in part 296- Miscellaneous Regulations Relating to Tobacco Products and Cigarette Papers and Tubes, title 27 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The purpose of this recodification is to reissue the regulations in 27 CFR part 296 as 27 CFR part 46. This change improves the organization of title 27.

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TD-472a: Delegation of Authority; Correction (Published: 10/15/02) (38 KB)

This document contains a  correction to a final rule published by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in the February 7, 2002,

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Notice 907 — Appointment of Individuals to Serve as Members of the Performance Review Board (PRB); Senior Executive Service (121 KB)

Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 4314(c)(4), this notice announces the appointment of members of the Performance Review Board for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) for the rating period beginning October 1, 1999, and ending September 30, 2000. This notice effects changes in the membership of the ATF PRB previously appointed November 12, 1999 (64 FR 61688).

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Notice 908 — Availability of ATF Publication 5400.7 (118 KB)

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is issuing this notice: (1) To announce the release of ATF Publication 5400.7 (09/00), ‘‘Federal Explosives Law and Regulations—2000’’ and (2) to make certain technical corrections to that publication. The purpose of this publication is to serve as a guide to Federal explosives laws, regulations, and related information.

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List of Explosive Materials - 2002 (41 KB) Notice of List of Explosive Materials. Five additions: Azide explosives, HMTD [hexamethylenetriperoxidediamine], Nitrate explosive mixtures, Picrate explosives and TATP [triacetonetriperoxide] Explosives Report
Notice 878 — The Department of the Treasury’s Odor Recognition Proficiency Standard for Explosives Detection Canines (13 KB)

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is announcing the availability of the Department of the Treasury’s Odor Recognition Proficiency Standard for Explosives Detection Canines. The standard has been revised using solicited input and recommendations from other Federal law enforcement agencies that use explosives detection canines. A copy of the standard is available to all interested persons.

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AAG/A Order No. 012-2003 — Correction (19 KB)

In rule document 03–9324 beginning on page 19148 in the issue of April 18, 2003, make the following correction: On page 19149, in the second column, under List of Subjects in 28 CFR Part 16, in the second paragraph, in the fourth line ‘‘3003’’ should read ‘‘2003’’.

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AAG/A Order No. 012-2003 (37 KB)

The Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), is exempting five Privacy Act systems of records from the subsections of the Privacy Act listed below. The five systems of records were published in the Federal Register on January 24, 2003 (68 FR 3551). As described in this rule, the exemptions are necessary to protect law enforcement and investigatory information and functions of ATF.

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ATF 1 (200 KB) Implementation of the Safe Explosives Act, Title XI, Subtitle C of Public Law 107-296 (Comment period closed June 18, 2003) Explosives Report
ATF 10F (110 KB)

The Department of Justice is amending the regulations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (‘‘ATF’’) to clarify that the term ‘‘propellant actuated device’’ does not include hobby rocket motors or rocket-motor reload kits consisting of or containing ammonium perchlorate composite propellant (‘‘APCP’’), black powder, or other similar low explosives.

Explosives Report
ATF 11F (55 KB)

This final rule makes technical amendments and corrects typographical errors in parts 447, 478, 479, and 555 of title 27, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). All changes are to provide clarity and uniformity throughout these regulations.

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ATF 2 (57 KB)

The Department of Justice is amending current regulations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to remove the requirement that common or contract carriers taking possession of explosive materials for delivery to a licensee or permittee complete ATF Form 5400.8 (Explosives Delivery Record) prior to taking possession of explosive materials, regardless of whether they are hired by the distributor or by the distributee.

Explosives Report
ATF 27P (61 KB)

The Department of Justice is amending 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. The Director will have the flexibility to delegate to another ATF official the authority to decide a revocation or denial matter, or may exercise that authority himself.

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ATF 5 (81 KB)

The Department of Justice is amending the current regulations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to require licensed importers to identify by marking all explosive materials they import for sale or distribution.

Explosives Report
ATF 6F (156 KB)

The Department of Justice is amending the regulations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to clarify that the requirements of part 555 do not apply to model rocket motors consisting of ammonium perchlorate composite propellant, black powder, or other similar low explosives, containing no more than 62.5 grams of total propellant weight, and designed as single-use motors or as reload kits capable of reloading no more than 62.5 grams of propellant into a reusable motor casing. This final rule is intended to provide rocketry hobbyists with guidance to enable them to enjoy their hobby in compliance with the safety and security requirements of the law and regulations.

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Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter - July 1986 (299 KB)
What’s In This Issue: AN OPEN LETTER TO LICENSEES AND OTHERS CONCERNED Stephen E. Higgins, Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; PRESIDENT SIGNS NEW GUN LAW; NEWS YOU CAN USE
Firearms Newsletter
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter - July 1989 (146 KB) What’s In This Issue: ATF DETERMINES SEMIAUTOMATIC ASSAULT RIFLES CANNOT BE IMPORTED INTO THE UNITED STATES; FACT SHEET Firearms Newsletter
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter 1989 Volume 2 (369 KB)
What’s In This Issue: OUT-OF-STATE AND MAIL ORDER SALES; "STRAW PURCHASES" OF FIREARMS; FIREARMS TRANSACTION RECORDS ON TITLE II TRANSFERS; ATF DISTRIBUTION CENTER; ARMOR PIERCING AMMUNITION-UPDATE; CHANGE OF CONTROL; FORM 4473 OMISSIONS AND DISCREPANCIES; SALES TO UNDERAGED PERSONS; SPECIAL OCCUPATIONAL TAX; ATF IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS; PERMIT TO CARRY CONCEALED WEAPONS; ASSAULT RIFLES; GUN SHOW GUIDELINES
Firearms Newsletter
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter 1990 Volume 1 (471 KB)
What’s In This Issue: FACSIMILE TRANSMITTED COPIES OF FORMS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS; FFL TOLL-FREE INFORMATION; SALES AGENTS; OUT·OF-STATE FFL'S; FALSIFIED FEDERAL FIREARMS LICENSES; MANUFACTURER'S ANNUAL REPORT FORM 4483-A; LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Firearms Newsletter
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter 1990 Volume 2 (537 KB)
What’s In This Issue: MP-83 AND MP-22 PISTOLS; MACHINEGUN BAN UPHELD BY U.S. COURT OF APPEALS IN FARMER V.HIGGINS; FLORIDA CONVICTIONS; FIREARMS REGULATIONS UPHELD BY U.S. COURT OF APPEALS IN NRA V. BRADY; FIREARMS AND EXPLOSIVES DIVISION PERSONNEL CHANGES; COMPLIANCE INSPECTION PROBLEMS; CERTIFIED COPIES OF LICENSES; EXCISE TAX- UPDATE; GUN SHOW GUIDELINES; PERMIT TO CARRY CONCEALED WEAPONS; INTRATEC RECALL TEC-22 "SCORPION"; LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Firearms Newsletter
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter 1991 Volume 1 (790 KB)
What’s In This Issue: EXCISE TAX; Multiple Sales Reports; License Revocations; Crime Control Act of 1990; Repairs of NFA Weapons; Discontinuance of Business - Chain Store Operations; Change or Correction of License; Transfers of National Firearms Act Firearms; Discontinuance of Operations as an NFA Dealer, Manufacturer, or Importer; Change in Business Structure as an NFA Dealer, Manufacturer or Importer; Bureau Headquarters Move; Compliance Inspection Program; FFL Advisory
Firearms Newsletter
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