Firearms Rulings

Titlesort descending Description
1969-59 - Gunshow Sales at Non-Licensed Premises (42.13 KB)

Firearms or ammunition may not be sold at gun shows by a licensed dealer, but orders may be taken under specified conditions

1973-13 - Gunsmithing Premises and Regular Business Hours (27.32 KB)

Because of the nature of operations conducted by a gunsmith, he shall not be required to have business premises open to the general public or to have regular business hours.

1973-19 - Bonafide Firearms Consultants and Business Premises (72.96 KB)

Because of the nature of operations conducted by a consultant or expert, he shall not be required to have business premises open to the general public or to have regular business hours.

1973-9 - Federal Firearms Licensees at Multiple Locations and Common Expiration Dates (27.14 KB)

Licensed firearms or ammunition dealers operating at multiple locations may establish a common expiration date for all licenses.

1974-13 - Importation of Firearms by Members of the U.S. Armed Forces (25.42 KB)

A member of the U.S. Armed Forces who is a resident of any State or territory which requires that a permit or other authorization be issued prior to possessing or owning a handgun shall submit evidence of compliance with State law before an application to import a handgun may be approved.

1974-20 - Disposition of Replacement Firearms (107.08 KB)

Form 4473 shall not be required to record disposition of a like replacement firearm when such firearm is delivered by a licensee to the person from whom the malfunctioning or damaged firearm was received, provided such disposition is recorded in the licensee’s permanent records.

1974-8 - NFA Firearms for Official Use Only (67.45 KB)

When NFA firearms are registered on Form 10 by governmental entities, subsequent transfers of such firearms shall be made only to other governmental entities.

1975-27 - Renewed Federal Firearms License Conduct of Business (66.63 KB)

A firearms licensee may continue operations until his renewal application for a license is finally acted upon.

1975-7 - Small Caliber Penguns (50.38 KB)

A small caliber weapon ostensibly designed to expel only tear gas, similar substances, or pyrotechnic signals, which may readily be converted to expel a projectile by means of an explosive, classified as a firearm.

1976-15 - Acquisition and Disposition of Pawned Firearms (51.13 KB)

Certain reporting and recordkeeping requirements of pawnbrokers are explained.

1976-22 - Qualifying Tax Free Transfers (84.68 KB)

Mere possession of a license and a special tax stamp as a dealer in firearms does not qualify a person to receive firearms transfer-tax-free. Rev. Rul. 58-432 superseded.

1976-25 - Recordkeeping Requirements Salvaged Firearms (68.88 KB)

Recordkeeping requirements for Title I firearms from which parts are salvaged for use in repairing firearms are clarified.

1976-6 - Tasers as Firearms (25.14 KB)

A hand-held device designed to expel by means of an explosive two electrical contacts (barbs) connected by two wires attached to a high voltage source in the device classified as a firearm.

1977-1 - Gunsmithing at Shooting Events (50.03 KB)

The recordkeeping requirements for licensed gunsmiths are clarified. ATF Rul. 73-13 amplified.

1980-20 - Rifle Bore Tasers as Firearms (23.39 KB)

A hand-held device with a hand grip bent at an angle to the bore and having a rifled bore which is designed to expel, by means of an explosive, two electrical contacts (barbs) connected by two wires to a high voltage source within the device is classified as a firearm. ATF Rul. 76-6 is amplified.

1980-21 - Identification of State of Residency for Out-of-State College Students (22.54 KB)

An out-of-State college student may establish residence in a State by residing and maintaining a home in a college dormitory or in a location off-campus during the school term.

1980-8 - Importation of Surplus Military Firearms for Law Enforcement (24.75 KB)

Applications to import surplus military firearms or nonsporting firearms or ammunition for individual law enforcement officers for official use must be accompanied by the agency’s purchase order.

1981-3 - Importation of Firearms Acquired Outside the U.S. by U.S. Citizens (29.08 KB)

Nonresident U.S. citizens returning to the United States and nonresident aliens lawfully immigrating to the United States may obtain a permit to import firearms acquired outside of the United States, provided such firearms may be lawfully imported.

1981-4 - Auto Sear (12.82 KB)

The AR15 auto sear is a machinegun as defined by 26 U.S.C. 5845(b).

1982-2 - KG-9 Pistol as NFA Weapon (25.1 KB)

The KG-9 pistol is a machinegun as defined in the National Firearms Act.

1982-8 - SM10, SM11A Pistols and SAC Carbines as NFA Weapons (27.17 KB)

The SM10 and SM11A1 pistols and SAC carbines are machineguns as defined in the National Firearms Act.

1983-5 - STEN MK II as NFA Weapon (23.56 KB)

The YAC STEN MK II carbine is a machinegun as defined in the National Firearms Act.

1985-10 - Surplus Military Frames or Receivers, Alone, Denied Importation (31.73 KB)

Surplus military firearms frames or receivers alone not specifically classified as curios or relics by ATF will be denied importation.

1985-2 - Importation of NFA Firearms as Sales Samples (28.49 KB)

A National Firearms Act (NFA) firearm may not be imported for use as a sample for sales to law enforcement agencies if the firearm is a curio or relic unless it is established that the firearm is particularly suitable for use as a law enforcement weapon.

1994-1 - USAS-12 Shotgun as NFA Weapon (33.47 KB)

The USAS-12 shotgun has a bore of more than one-half inch in diameter and is not generally recognized as particularly suitable for sporting purposes. Therefore, it is classified as a destructive device for purposes of the National Firearms Act, 26 U.S.C. Chapter 53.

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