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Title Description Category Document Type
All FFLs-May2006-Open Letter-New E-mail Service Available to Federal Firearms Licensees (26 KB)

ATF is offering Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) a new option to receive ATF information by e-mail. This voluntary service will allow FFLs to receive newsletters, open letters, and important notices by e-mail.

Firearms Open Letter
Nevada-Jan2006-Open Letter-Nevada’s Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) Permits Again Qualify as Alternative to NICS Check (102 KB)

The purpose of this letter is to advise you of an important change to the procedure you may follow beginning January 5, 2006.  On this day, Nevada’s Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) permit will again qualify as an alternative to a National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) check.  Accordingly, the October 17, 2005 Open Letter to Nevada Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) is superseded.

Firearms Open Letter
Nevada-Oct2005-Open Letter-Nevada’s Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) Permits No Longer Alternative to NICS Check (38 KB)

This letter is superseded by ATF's January 5, 2006 open letter.  The purpose of this letter is to inform Federal firearms licensees (FFLs) that beginning October 19, 2005, Nevada’s Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) Permits will no longer qualify as an alternative to a National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) check.

Firearms Open Letter
Georgia-Oct2005-Open Letter-Georgia’s Concealed Weapons Permits No Longer Alternative to NICS Check (39 KB)

The purpose of this letter is to inform all Georgia Federal firearms licensees (FFL) that Georgia’s Concealed Weapons Permits no longer qualifies as an alternative to a National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) check.

Firearms Open Letter
Michigan-Mar2004-Open Letter-Michigan Concealed Pistol Permit Not an Alternative to NICS (75 KB)

This open letter provides guidance regarding the use of a State of Michigan issued Concealed Pistol Permit (CPP, but commonly referred to as a CCW) and a License to Purchase a Pistol as alternatives to NICS background check.

 

Firearms Open Letter
All FFLs-Jan2004-Open Letter-Importance of Partnerships Between ATF and the Firearms Industry (91 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).

Firearms Open Letter
Colorado-Mar1999-Open Letter-Correction Notice-Colorado Bureau of Investigation Ceases Operations as NICS Point of Contact (96 KB)

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation will cease its operations as the NICS point of contact on March 31, 1999. Therefore, beginning April 1, 1999, in order to initiate a NICS check for any firearm, Colorado licensees must contact the FBI’s NICS Operations Center.

Firearms Open Letter
All FFLs-Nov2008-Open Letter-Extention of Mandatory Must-Use Date of New Form 4473 (45 KB)

Recently, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) released the revised version of the Firearms Transaction Record (ATF Form 4473) with a revision date of August 2008.  By open letter dated October 3, 2008, ATF advised that all FFLs must begin to use the new Form 4473 no later than November 15, 2008.  To prevent undue burden on you the FFL, and to allow for proper training of employees, ATF will extend the mandatory must-use date of the new Form 4473 to January 15, 2009.

Firearms Open Letter
Open Letter Federal Firearms Licensees Ready Ability (238 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.

Firearms Open Letter
Texas-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (45 KB)

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

Firearms Open Letter
Virgin Islands-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (45 KB)

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

Firearms Open Letter
New Mexico-Feb1994-Open Letter-Implementation of Brady Law Requirements (35 KB)

The purpose of this open letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in New Mexico the requirements of the Brady Law. 

Firearms Open Letter
National-June1997-Open Letter-Attorney General Brady Law Decision (25 KB)

The purpose of this letter is to address the Supreme Court's decision regarding that part of the Brady Handgun Control Act is unconstitutional.

Firearms Open Letter
South Carolina-Nov1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (45 KB)

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

Firearms Open Letter
New Jersey-Nov1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (43 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

Firearms Open Letter
Hawaii-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (45 KB)

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

Firearms Open Letter
New Mexico-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (84 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.

Firearms Open Letter
Oregon-Nov1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (46 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.

Firearms Open Letter
Alabama-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (45 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.

Firearms Open Letter
Alaska-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (45 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.

Firearms Open Letter
American Samoa-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (45 KB)

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

Firearms Open Letter
Arizona-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (45 KB)

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

Firearms Open Letter
Arkansas-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (45 KB)

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

Firearms Open Letter
California-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (45 KB)

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

Firearms Open Letter
Northern Mariana Islands-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (45 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.

Firearms Open Letter
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