Rules and Regulations Library

Title Description Category Document Type
West Virginia-Jun2014-Open Letter-West Virginia's Concealed Handgun Licenses (CHLs) as Alternative to NICS Checks (51 KB)
The purpose of this open letter is to provide guidance regarding the West Virginia's Concealed Handgun Licenses (CHLs) issued on or after June 4, 2014 as an alternative to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) check.
Firearms Open Letter
inside-atf-feb-2014.pdf (4165 KB) Inside ATF
California-Apr2013-Open Letter-Completing ATF Forms 4473 While Complying with CA DOJ Dealer Record of Sale (DROS) Transaction Procedures (43 KB)
The purpose of this letter is to provide procedures for completing Firearms Transaction Records, ATF Form 4473, while complying with the California Department of Justice (CA DOJ) Dealer Record of Sale (DROS) transaction procedures.
Firearms Open Letter
National-Apr2013-Open Letter-USBDC Response to IME Request for Information (169 KB)

This letter is a response by the U.S. Bomb Data Center (USBDC) to the Institute of Makers of Explosives (IME) request for information regarding the use of commercial explosives utilized in bombing events in the United States.

Explosives Open Letter
All FFLs-May2013-Open Letter-Prohibited Transfers of Firearms to Foreign Purchaser (64 KB)

The purpose of this open letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees that arranging for the exportation of firearms and ammunition through in-person disposition to foreign purchasers at airline ticket counters of local international airports violates the Gun Control Act of 1968.

Firearms Open Letter
2012-3 - AFMER Electronic Form (107 KB)
Approved alternate method or procedure for licensed manufacturers to submit the Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Exportation Report (AFMER), ATF Form 5300.11, electronically using ATF eForms, provided all of the conditions set forth in this ruling are met. 
Firearms Ruling
2013-2 - NFA Electronic Forms (823 KB)
Approved alternate method or procedure for FFLs, legal entities, and government agencies to file ATF Forms 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, and 10 using ATF eForms, provided all of the conditions set forth in this ruling are met.   
Firearms Ruling
2013-3 - Adopting Identification of Firearms (52 KB)
Approved alternate method or procedure for licensed manufacturers and importers of firearms, and makers of NFA firearms, to adopt the serial number, caliber/gauge, and/or model already identified on a firearm without seeking a marking variance, provided all of the conditions in this ruling are met. Licensed manufacturers seeking to adopt all of the required markings, including the original manufacturer’s name and place of origin, must receive an approved variance from ATF.  Supersedes ATF Ruling 75-28, and clarifies ATF Industry Circular 77-20.
Firearms Ruling
2013-1 - Electronic Form 6 and 6A (91 KB)
Approved alternate method or procedure for individuals, Federal firearms licensees, and registered importers of articles enumerated on the U.S. Munitions Import List (USMIL) to file ATF Form 6 - Part I and Form 6A electronically using ATF eForms, provided all of the conditions set forth in this ruling are met.  Supersedes ATF Rulings 2003-6 and 2010-9.
Firearms Ruling
Kansas-July2013-Open Letter-Passage of the Kansas Second Amendment Protection Act (79 KB)
The purpose of this open letter is to provide guidance and information related to the passage of the Kansas Second Amendment Protection Act, Kansas, effective April 25, 2013.
Firearms Open Letter
ATF Proc. 2013-2: Recordkeeping procedure for non-over-the-counter-firearm sales by licensees to unlicensed in-state residents that are NICS exempt (55 KB)

This ATF procedure gives guidance to licensed importers, manufacturers, and dealers (licensees) on how to record the sale of a firearm to an unlicensed person who:

  1. Has a valid alternate permit or otherwise is exempt from National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) requirements;
  2. Resides in the same State as the licensee; and
  3. Does not appear in person at the licensee's business premises.
Rules and Regulations Ruling
inside_atf_-_march_2015.pdf (5210 KB) Inside ATF
insideatf_jan-feb2015.pdf (6758 KB) Inside ATF
inside-atf-april-2015.pdf (3567 KB) Inside ATF
2014_january_issue_inside_atf.pdf (1523 KB) Inside ATF
inside_atf_december_2014.pdf (4284 KB) Inside ATF
inside_atf_july-august_2014.pdf (17104 KB) Inside ATF
inside_atf_march_2014.pdf (6438 KB) Inside ATF
inside_atf_september_2014.pdf (6411 KB) Inside ATF
insideatf_april_2014.pdf (7121 KB) Inside ATF
insideatf_november_2014.pdf (8808 KB) Inside ATF
insideatf_october_2014.pdf (5693 KB) Inside ATF
june-2014.pdf (3275 KB) Inside ATF
may-2014.pdf (6834 KB) Inside ATF
2011-1 - Importers Consolidated Records (382 KB)
Approved alternate method or procedure for licensed importers to consolidate their records of importation or other acquisition of firearms and their separate firearms disposition records, provided all of the requirements stated in this ruling are met.
Firearms Ruling
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