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 They may also be rescinded or modified at ATF’s discretion.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

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Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter – August 1997 (564 KB)
What’s In This Issue: LEGISLATIVE ISSUES; NEW RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS FOR PURCHASERS; LICENSEE NOTIFICATION; ASSAULT WEAPON RECEIVERS; GOVERNMENTAL EXEMPTION TO SEMIAUTOMATIC ASSAULT WEAPON BAN; IMPORTATION OF MACHINEGUNS; TRANSFER OF REGISTERED NFA WEAPONS IN A DECEDENT’S ESTATE; RETENTION OF REGISTERED MACHINEGUNS BY LICENSEES WHO DISCONTINUE BUSINESS; MEET THE NEW CUSTOMER SERVICE SPECIALIST; GOING OUT OF BUSINESS; WALLET GUNS; IMPROVING SECURITY; ATF’S STOLEN FIREARMS PROGRAM
Firearms Newsletter
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 2 (246 KB)
What’s In This Issue: GUN SHOWS REVISITED; Armed Forces Dual Residency Clarified; YAC STEN MK II Carbine Classified as Machinegun; Remember--It's A Three- Year License Now; Licensee Q's and A's; Court Decisions
Firearms Newsletter
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 1 (343 KB)
What’s In This Issue: A MESSAGE TO THE FFL from Stephen Higgins Director of ATF; Firearms License Streamlined; FIREARMS SEMINARS LOOK LIKE A HIT; .22 Caliber Rimfire Ammunition Records Eliminated; Black Powder Form Eliminated; Three Firearms Defined As Machineguns; NEW ORGANIZATION OFFICE OF REGULATORY ENFORCEMENT; ATF SPOTLIGHTS; ATF REORGANIZATION
Firearms Newsletter
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 2 (354 KB)
What’s In This Issue: The Director's Column; Curios, Relics Classification Expanded; Stolen Guns Threaten Everyone; News You Can Use
Firearms Newsletter
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter September 2011 (727 KB)
What’s In This Issue: Adjudicated “Mentally Defective”; Prohibited Persons and Restoration of Gun Rights Serial Numbers; FBI Flyer: Potential Indicators of Terrorist Activities Related to Firearms Shops and Ranges; Marking of Conversion Devices by Manufacturers; Prohibition on Obliterating, Removing or Changing the Markings on an NFA Firearm; Address for Reports of Multiple Sale or Other Disposition of Pistols and Revolvers Address; Transferring Firearms from One A&D Record to Another; C&R Licensees: Out-of-Business; Requirements; Are You Moving?; Most Recent Open Letters; On-Site Responsible Persons; Guidance to FFLs Affected by Flooding and Other Natural Disasters; Looking for Past Newsletters?
Firearms Newsletter
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter June 2010 (1195 KB) What’s In This Issue: New Appointments in Enforcement Programs and Services–Assistant Director and Deputy Assistant Director; eTrace Claims Of Illegal Gun Owner Registration; Valid Identification Document; Internet Sales; ATF I 5300.2, Youth Handgun Safety Act Notice; State Firearms Freedom Acts; Gun Show Guidelines; ATF Form 6 Import Applications; FBI/NICS News Firearms Newsletter
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter February 2011 (645 KB) What’s In This Issue: SHOT Show 2011; Important Notice to Dealers and Other Participants at This Gun Show, ATF I 5300.23a; Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Exportation Report; Study on the Importability of Certain Shotguns; Contiguous State; Hunting Licenses Used as Government Identification; FFL eZ Check: Collectors; Changes in Legal Entity; Special Characters in Serial Numbers; Purchase of Firearms by Organizations; Sole Proprietors and Logging Personal Firearms In/Out of the A&D Records; National Firearms Act: Restrictions Stamped on an NFA Form; FBI/NICS News Firearms Newsletter
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter 1992 Volume 1 (700 KB)
What’s in this issue:"Straw Purchases" of Firearms; FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION EXCISE TAX­ HISTORY OF THE PITTMAN­ ROBERTSON ACT; PAYMENT OF EXCISE TAXES BY GUNSMITHS; REGISTRATION FOR TAX-FREE SALES; CUSTOMER'S TAX LIABILITY FOR RELOADED AMMUNITION; TRANSFER OR DUPLICATION OF SERIAL NUMBERS ON NATIONAL FIREARMS ACT FIREARMS; CALIFORNIA LAW CHANGE ADVISORY; MARKINGS ON FIREARMS; STORAGE OF NFA FIREARMS; SALES OF FIREARMS TO LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS; SUPREME COURT RULES ON THOMPSON/CENTER ARMS CASE
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
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 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 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
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Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter - September 2013 - Volume 2 (623 KB)
What’s in This Issue: Private Party Transfers; Updated ATF Website; Top 8 Questions Asked by FFLs on the ATF Website; Use of Computerized Software; Guidance for Requesting Marking Variances; Personal Firearms Record; Updated Most Frequently Asked Questions; eForms News; FFLs May Ship Firearms to Locations Other than the Business Premises Address; National Firearms Act Firearms in Estates; Sales to Law Enforcement; Retention of Registered Machineguns by Licensees Who Discontinue Business
Firearms Newsletter
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter - September 2013 - Volume 1 (626 KB)
What’s in This Issue: Customer Service Standards; Active Federal Firearms License (FFL) Records; Best Practices; ATF Outreach Activities; New Moves in EPS; FBI/NICS News
Firearms Newsletter
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter - November 2012 (1254 KB)
What's in this issue: Customer Service Standards; Reminder: Top 10 Frequently Asked Firearms Questions and Answers; Receive Firearms Industry News; Electronic Devices Used to Verify Change of Address; Government Issued Documents Bearing an Incorrect Zip Code; PCS Orders and Military Dependants Purchasing Firearms; Licensed Manufacturer's Registration Requirement with the Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Control (DDTC); Guidance to FFLs Affected by Flooding and Other Natural Disasters; Ethnicity and Race on the ATF Form 4473; Firearms Shipments via Common or Contract Carrier; Out-of-Business Procedures; Out-of-Business with Succession; Residence as a Licensed Business Premises; New Move in EPS; Who to Contact with your Firearms Related Questions; FBI NICS News
Firearms Newsletter
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter - November 2008 (493 KB) What’s In This Issue: SALE OF FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION TO ALIENS; TRIBAL IDENTIFICATION DOES NOT MEET BRADY LAW REQUIREMENTS; CHANGE IN BUSINESS STRUCTURE THAT REQUIRES A NEW LICENSE; TRANSFER OF A NATIONAL FIREARMS ACT FIREARM TO A CORPORATION OR OTHER LEGAL ENTITY; AVAILABILITY OF ATF PUBLICATION 3312.8 PERSONAL FIREARMS RECORD; ACHIEVING COMPLIANCE WITH THE GUN CONTROL ACT; CLARIFICATION ON MULTIPLE SALES REPORTS; NONLICENSEE STATE-TO-STATE TRANSFER; CUSTOMER SERVICE ENHANCEMENTSAT THE FEDERAL FIREARMS LICENSING CENTER; TRANSACTIONS IN EXPLOSIVE-TYPE DESTRUCTIVE DEVICES; FBI/NICS News Firearms Newsletter
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
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter - March 2013 - Volume 2 (591 KB)
What’s in This Issue: Reminder: Keep Your Contact Information Up to Date ; Reminder: eForm 6; Agency Information Collection Activities; Rental of Firearms On-Premises; Rental of Firearms Off-Premises; Clarification of ATF Ruling 2008–3: Making Corrections to the e4473; Recording Identification Documents on the ATF Form 4473—Military Identification and PCS Orders; Purchase of Firearms by Current or Former Law Enforcement Officers; Recording Pistol Grip Firearms in the Acquisition and Disposition Record; Manufacturing NFA Firearms for the United States Government; When Permission Is Required To Move NFA Firearms; Recordkeeping Requirements and Retention Requirements for Licensed Manufacturers; Clarification: Firearms Shipments via Common or Contract Carrier; Brokering of Firearms/Drop Shipments
Firearms Newsletter
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter - March 2013 - Volume 1 (610 KB)
What’s in This Issue: SHOT Show 2013; ATF Outreach Activities; Best Practices; FBI/NICS News
Firearms Newsletter
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter - March 2006 (182 KB) What’s In This Issue: REVISED ATF FORM 4473 (FIREARMS TRANSACTION RECORD); CHILD SAFETY LOCK ACT OF 2005; NEW ATF PROGRAM IMPACTS THE NATION’S VIOLENT CRIME RATES; NEW FEDERAL FIREARMS REGULATIONS REFERENCE GUIDE; IMPORTATION OF DUAL USE FIREARM BARRELS; RESPONSIBLE PERSONS LISTED ON THE FEDERAL FIREARMS LICENSE; REPORTING THEFT OR LOSS OF FIREARMS; LICENSE RENEWAL APPLICATIONS; ONLINE LEARNING THEATER AVAILABLE TO ALL FFLS; READERS NOTE; FBI/NICS Firearms Newsletter
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter - July 2017.pdf (1106 KB)
What’s In This Issue:  Announcement – ATF stands up the National Firearms Act (NFA) Division; Firearm Thefts & Burglaries; Burglary and Robbery Statistics; ATF Ruling 2016-1: Electronic A&D Records; ATF Ruling 2016-2; ATF Ruling 2016-3; ATF Ruling 2016-5; Revised ATF Form 4473 (Firearms Transaction Record); Rental of Firearms On-Premises; Rental of Firearms Off-Premises; FFLs are Responsible for Retrieving Status when Using E-Check; Tips from the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Section; Gun Shows.
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 - 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 - January 2007 (7709 KB) What’s In This Issue: Federal Firearms License Enhancement; Scanned or e-mailed copies of federal Firearms Licenses; New e-mail Service Available to Federal Firearms Licensees; Violent Crime Impact teams Stop Criminals From Unlawfully Engaging in the Business of Dealing in Firearms; Changes and Improvements to eZ Check; Requirements of Pawn Dealers Performing a Pre-Pawn NICS Check; Results from FY-05 firearms Compliance Inspections; ATF Requirement to Update Licensee Contact Information; ATF Form 4473 Completion and NICS Check; FBI/NICS News Firearms Newsletter
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter - February 1979 (192 KB)
What’s In This Issue: REGISTERED FIREARMS AND WEAPONS Certain Firearms And Weapons Must Be Registered with The Bureau f Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Examples Of NFA Weapons; Tax To make Or Transfer An A Weapon, By An Individual; Licensed Collectors Of Curios And Relics; Application To Make Or Transfer An NFA Weapon; Storage Of NFA Weapons; Bringing An NFA Weapon Into The United States; Turning In An Unregistered NFA Weapon; The 1968 Amnesty Period; Penalties
Firearms Newsletter
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