Firearms Open Letters

Titlesort descending Description
Alabama-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (44.54 KB)

The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in Alabama of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law.

Alaska-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (44.72 KB)

The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in Alaska of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law.

Alaska-Oct2005-Open Letter-Alaska Concealed Handgun Permits Marked "NICS Exempt" Qualify as NICS Check Alternative (38.9 KB)

This open letter informs Alaska Federal firearms licensees that beginning October 19, 2005, only Alaska Concealed Handgun Permits marked “NICS EXEMPT” will qualify as an alternative to a National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) check.

All FFLs-Apr2001-Open Letter-End of Registration Period for Streetsweeper, Striker-12, and USAS-12 Shotguns (83.77 KB)

On February 9, 2001, ATF published a ruling that establishes a final deadline and ends the registration period for individuals who are currently in possession of the Streetsweeper, Striker-12, and the USAS-12 shotguns. The registration period for these shotguns will expire on May 1, 2001.

All FFLs-Apr2006-Open Letter-Child Safety Lock Act of 2005 (31.25 KB)

This open letter serves to notify Federal firearms licensees that the Child Safety Lock Act of 2005 makes it generally unlawful for “any licensed importer, manufacturer, or dealer to sell, deliver, or transfer any handgun to any person, other than another licensee, unless the transferee (buyer) is provided with a secure gun storage or safety device for that handgun.”

All FFLs-Aug2001-Open Letter-Firearms Importer and Manufacturer Marking Requirements Amendment Notification (27.83 KB)

The purpose of this letter is to apprise Federally licensed importers and manufacturers of amendments made to regulations that prescribe marking requirements for firearms.

All FFLs-Aug2005-Open Letter-Extension of Time to Effect Importation of Approved Permits for Frames, Receivers or Barrels (33.62 KB)

The purpose of this open letter is to provide important updated information to importers concerning the lawful importation of certain frames, receivers and barrels.

All FFLs-Aug2006-Open Letter-ATF Requests Assistance in Recovering Firearms Stolen During the Murder of an FFL (29.32 KB)

On August 12, 2006, a murder-robbery occurred at Fast Cash Pawn Shop, 4613 White Horse Road, Greenville South Carolina. The owner of that business, Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) Tim Henson, died in his store and an employee was critically wounded. 

All FFLs-Aug2010-Open Letter-Acquisition and Disposition Records Maintained by Licensed Importers (96.97 KB)

 This open letter contains information about a recent clarification on the “date of importation” required to be recorded in a licensed importer’s record of acquisition, often referred to as the “bound book.”

All FFLs-Dec2002-Open Letter-Homeland Security Act of 2002 - ATF Moves to the Department of Justice (25.56 KB)

The purpose of this letter is to provide you with information on a provision of the recently enacted Homeland Security Act of 2002. This provision moves most of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) from the Department of the Treasury to the Department of Justice effective January 24, 2003.

All FFLs-Dec2004-Open Letter-Establishment of the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System's Voluntary Appeal File (14.87 KB)

The purpose of this letter is to inform Federal firearms licensees that the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) National Instant Criminal Background Check System's (NICS) Voluntary Appeal File (VAF) has been established.

All FFLs-Jan2001-Open Letter-"Do's" and "Don'ts" for Curio or Relic Firearms Collectors (107.47 KB)

The purpose of this letter is to apprise Federally licensed collectors of pertinent regulations of the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA).  In this letter are some major “Do’s” and “Don’ts” for collectors that are based on these provisions.

All FFLs-Jan2004-Open Letter-Importance of Partnerships Between ATF and the Firearms Industry (90.07 KB)

This open letter discusses the importance of the partnerships that have been established between ATF and the firearms industry and to reinforce our joint responsibilities under the Gun Control Act (GCA).

All FFLs-Jan2006-Open Letter-Certain Firearms Transfers Affected by the Change to the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (35.37 KB)

The purpose of this Open Letter is to advise all Federal firearms licensees (FFLs) of a recent change to the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as it relates to the transfer of certain types of firearms.

All FFLs-Jan2006-Open Letter-Change to the Look of the Federal Firearms License (FFL) (49.73 KB)

The purpose of this letter is to advise you of a change to the look of the Federal firearms license (FFL) beginning January 12, 2006, in response to feedback received from licensees.

All FFLs-July2000-Open Letter-FFL eZ Check Launch Announcement (86.96 KB)

“FFL eZ Check” allows a Federal Firearms Licensee who has a copy of an FFL to verify or authenticate the license prior to shipping or disposing of a firearm(s) to the licensee. The web site will verify the information shown on the license.

All FFLs-July2002-Open Letter-Importer Dealer Sales Samples (41.24 KB)

This open letter  contains information about recent changes that may affect your day-to-day operations and/or long range plans regarding dealer sales samples of machineguns. 

All FFLs-July2004-Open Letter-3rd Anniversay of September 11th Attack (28.79 KB)

 It will be 3 years this September since America was attacked. We at ATF remain vigilant, but we are requesting your assistance in our national effort to prevent terrorism.

All FFLs-July2004-Open Letter-ATF Requests Assistance in National Effort to Prevent Terrorism (151.75 KB)

This open letter provides awareness information for Federal firearms licensees to incorporate in their daily business activities. 

All FFLs-July2005-Open Letter-Department of State Rescinded Sanctions on Trade in Defense Articles and Services from South Africa (70.81 KB)

The purpose of this open letter is to inform licensed firearms importers and registered importers of U.S. Munitions Import List Articles that the United States Department of State has rescinded the sanctions on trade in defense articles and services from South Africa. 

All FFLs-July2005-Open Letter-Importation of Frames, Receivers or Barrels of Firearms Under Title 18 U.S.C. § 925(d)(3) (40.9 KB)

The purpose of this open letter is to provide important information to importers concerning the lawful importation of certain frames, receivers and barrels

All FFLs-July2005-Open Letter-Importation of U.S. Manufactured Surplus Military Firearms Classified as Curios or Relics (100.63 KB)

This Open Letter is to advise all Federal Firearms Licensees and registered importers of U.S. munitions import list articles that ATF was advised by the Department of State, on a case-by-case basis, permit the retransfer of U.S. manuafacturing military firearms that were sold or graned by the United States Government classified by ATF as curios or relics.

All FFLs-June2000-Open Letter-Open Letter to Importers Regarding CICAD Model Regulations (112.73 KB)

Through a final rule published June 20, 2000, in the Federal Register, ATF is amending its regulations and affected forms to comply with Model Regulations for the Control of the International Movement of Firearms, Their Parts and Components, and Ammunition (the Model Regulations).

All FFLs-Mar2006-Open Letter-Filing National Firearms Act (NFA) Transaction Forms by Facsimile Transmission (34.03 KB)

This is to update information regarding the filing of certain National Firearms Act (NFA) forms by facsimile transmission as the functions of the NFA Branch have been relocated to Martinsburg, West Virginia from Washington, DC.

All FFLs-May2004-Open Letter-Importation of Articles Added by the Amendment to Annex A of the Voluntary Restraint Agreement (VRA) (42.08 KB)

A decision was agreed upon to amend Annex A of the Voluntary Restraint Agreement (VRA) by adding 74 types of firearms to the list.  Please note, that even though these 74 firearms have been added to Annex A, ATF will still need to determine the importability of some of these firearms.

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