Firearms Open Letters

Titlesort ascending Description
Rhode Island-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (647.67 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in Rhode Island of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law.
Puerto Rico-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (68.14 KB) Open Letter to All FFL's regarding Brady Law.
Public Advisory to All Michigan FFLs 03-03-20 (566.92 KB)

The purpose of this public safety advisory is to advise all Michigan federal firearms licensees (FFLs) of an important change to the procedure they must follow to comply with the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (Brady law), 18 U.S.C. § 922(t), when transferring a firearm to an unlicensed person.

Pennsylvania-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (779.65 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in Pennsylvania of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law.
Pennsylvania-Dec2005-Open Letter-Private Transfers of Firearms and Using NICS or the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS) (36.62 KB)
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has received questions from firearms dealers in Pennsylvania concerning the use of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)/Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS) to do background checks of people who are acquiring firearms from other nonlicensees in what are commonly called “private transfers.”
Oregon-Nov1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (913.1 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in Oregon of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law.
Oregon-Dec2000-Open Letter-Notice of Amendment for All Oregon Firearms Background Checks (100.58 KB)
The provision of Oregon State law regarding all firearms background checks was recently amended. Effective December 8, 2000, the Oregon State Police will act as the point of contact for all firearms background checks (handguns and long guns).
Open Letter Federal Firearms Licensees Ready Ability (237.83 KB)

The purpose of this open letter is to remind all Federal firearms licensees (FFL) of their ready ability to enhance public safety and assist law enforcement by encouraging and facilitating transfers of firearms between private individuals through their businesses.

Oklahoma-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (825.02 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in Oklahoma of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law.
Ohio-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (471.42 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in Ohio of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law.
Ohio-May2016-Open Letter-Ohio's Concealed Handgun License Qualifies as Alternative to Background Check Requirement (62.79 KB)
The purpose of this open letter is to advise all Ohio FFLs that Ohio's concealed handgun license qualifies as an alternative to the background check requirement.
Northern Mariana Islands-Oct2005-Open Letter-Northern Mariana Island Weapons Identification (38.5 KB)
This open letter informs Northern Mariana Island Federal firearms licensees that beginning October 19, 2005, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Island Weapons Identification Card Permits no longer qualifies as an alternative to a National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) check.
Northern Mariana Islands-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (49.81 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law.
North Dakota-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (44.75 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in North Dakota of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law.
North Dakota-Apr2000-Open Letter-Correction Notice-Qualifying Permit Alternatives to NICS Check (102.27 KB)
The provisions of North Dakota law regarding the issuance of concealed weapons permits were recently amended.  Based on these changes, concealed weapons permits issued on or after December 1, 1999, will now qualify as alternatives to a NICS check at the time of transfer.
North Carolina-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law.pdf (712.86 KB) October 1991 Open Letter to all FFL's regarding Brady Law.
New York-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (113.11 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in New York of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law.
New York-May2006-Open Letter-New York's License to Carry and Possess Handguns No Longer Qualifies as Alternative to NICS Check (90.79 KB)
The purpose of this letter is to advise New York Federal firearms licensees that the New York license to carry and possess handguns  no longer qualifies as an alternative to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) check. 
New Mexico-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (83.69 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in New Mexico of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law.
New Mexico-Nov1998-Open Letter-Correction Notice-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (986.38 KB)
This correction notice is to advise all New Mexico Federal firearms licensees that the New Mexico Department of Public Safety will no longer participate as the NICS point of contact.
New Mexico-Feb1994-Open Letter-Implementation of Brady Law Requirements (34.11 KB) The purpose of this open letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in New Mexico the requirements of the Brady Law. 
New Jersey-Nov1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (42.9 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in New Jersey of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law
New Jersey-Dec1998-Open Letter-Correction Notice-Change to New Jersey Background Check Procedure (658.26 KB)
The correction notice corrects an error found in the ATF open letter, dated November 10, 1998, regarding the point of contact for background checks firearm transfers. 
New Hampshire-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (93.12 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in New Hampshire of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law.
New Hampshire-Nov1998-Open Letter-Change to New Hampshire Background Check Procedures (1.47 MB)
This correction notice is an update to the original background check letter, dated October 28, 1998.  The State of New Hampshire has elected to participate as a NICS point of contact for handguns.
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