Definition of “Frame or Receiver” and Identification of Firearms

On April 11, 2022, the Attorney General signed ATF final rule 2021R-05F, Definition of “Frame or Receiver” and Identification of Firearms. The goal of the final rule is to ensure the proper marking, recordkeeping, and traceability of all firearms manufactured, imported, acquired and disposed by federal firearms licensees.

The rule will go into effect August 24, 2022; 120 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register.

Read the final rule in the Federal Register

Summary

On April 11, 2022, the Attorney General signed ATF final rule, Definition of “Frame or Receiver” and Identification of Firearms, amending ATF’s regulations by removing and replacing the regulatory definitions of “firearm frame or receiver” and “frame or receiver” using examples and diagrams to clearly convey what is a “frame or receiver,” amending the definitions of “firearm” and “gunsmith,” providing definitions of terms such as “complete weapon,” “complete muffler or silencer device,” “privately made firearm” and “readily,” and amending regulations on marking and recordkeeping.

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Contact Us

For questions regarding the application of the final rule, contact the Firearms Industry Programs Branch at FIPB@atf.gov.

For technical questions regarding firearms, contact the Firearms and Ammunition Technology Division at fire_tech@atf.gov.

For questions regarding the rulemaking process, contact the Office of Regulatory Affairs at ORA@atf.gov.

Last Reviewed May 9, 2022