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Title Description Category Document Type
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
ag-o-2650-2003: Federal Register /Vol. 68, No. 21 / Friday, January 31, 2003 /Rules and Regulations (60 KB)

The Department of Justice, Office of the Pardon Attorney (OPA), is exempting a Privacy Act system of records entitled ‘‘Executive Clemency Case Files/Executive Clemency Tracking System (JUSTICE/OPA–001)’’ from subsections (c)(3), (c)(4), (d)(1), (d)(2), (d)(3), (d)(4), and (e)(5) of the Privacy Act. Information in this system relates to the investigation and evaluation of applicants for executive clemency and case-related correspondence regarding such applicants and the clemency process.

Resource Center Ruling
All FFLs-Sep2012-Open Letter-Building Positive Working Relationships with Industry Members (161 KB)

This open letter was sent from ATF's Deputy Director to all Federal firearms licensees and all Federal explosives licensees/permittees discussing how ATF continues to work towards maintaining and building positive working relationships industry members, trade associations, law enforcement, and the general public.

Firearms Open Letter
All FFLs-Dec2004-Open Letter-Establishment of the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System's Voluntary Appeal File (15 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.

Firearms Open Letter
Washington-Nov2003-Open Letter-Washington Concealed Weapons Permits are No Longer Valid Alternative to NICS Checks (145 KB)

The open letter is to inform all Washington State Federal firearms licensees that as of November 30, 2003, all the grandfathered permits will have expired and Washington FFLs may longer accept a Washington concealed weapons permet as an alternative to a NICS check.

Firearms Open Letter
National-Oct2010-Open Letter-PACT Act and Tobacco in Interstate Commerce (293 KB)

The purpose of this letter is to provide guidance to persons who sell, transfer, or ship for profit cigarettes or smokeless tobacco in interstate commerce or who advertise cigarettes or smokeless tobacco for such sale, transfer, or shipment on amendments to the Jenkins Act . 

Alcohol & Tobacco Open Letter
National-Oct2010-Open Letter-Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act (PACT Act) (236 KB)

The purpose of this open letter is to provide all State Attorneys General and State Tobacco Tax Administrators with information on amendments to the Jenkins Act. 

Alcohol & Tobacco Open Letter
Wyoming-May2010-Firearms-ATF Guidance Regarding Wyoming Firearms Freedom Act (90 KB)

The purpose of this letter is to provide guidance on your obligations as a Federal Firearms Licensee. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) is providing you with the following information, intended to assist you in complying with Title 18 United States Code, Chapter 44.

Resource Center Open Letter
Nevada-May2008-Open Letter-Nevada’s Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) Permits No Longer Qualify as an Alternative to a NICS check (93 KB)

The purpose of this letter is to advise you that beginning July 1, 2008, 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
Transfer of Ethics (2013R-4F) (206 KB)

The Department of Justice (DOJ), with the concurrence of the Office of Government Ethics, is amending its Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Department of Justice Supplemental Standards) to incorporate existing rules for Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) employees that had initially been adopted by the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms was within Treasury.

Resource Center Rulemaking
All FELs-Aug2011-Open Letter-September 11th Anniversary (60 KB)

This open letter is to encourage Federal explosives licensees to exercise increased awareness and vigilance as the anniversary of September 11th approaches. The security of your explosives storage sites is very important.

Explosives Open Letter
South Carolina-Dec1998-Open Letter-Correction Notice-Change to South Carolina Background Check Procedures (43 KB)

This correction notice provides information regarding a change in the background check procedures for firearms transfers by all South Carolina Federal firearms licensees (FFLs). 

Firearms Open Letter
All FELs-May2008-Open Letter-Notification of Proposed Improvement to Fireworks Recordkeeping Process (160 KB)

This year, a fireworks industry groups made a proposal that ATF anticipates will make fireworks recordkeeping more manageable and enhance our ability to trace and track fireworks. The proposed process should improve public safety and reduce the number of illegal transactions in display fireworks.

Explosives Open Letter
All FELs-Sept2005-Open Letter-Hurricane Katrina Damaged Areas (141 KB)

The purpose of this open letter is to provide procedures to Federal explosives licensees and permittees affected by Hurricane Katrina. 

Explosives Open Letter
All FELs-July2004-Open Letter-ATF Director's Letter to Explosives Industry to Be Aware and Be Secure (166 KB)

The purpose of this open letter is to advise Federal explosives industry licensees and permittees to remain diligent in security and protection of their explosives inventory. 

Explosives Open Letter
All FELs-Feb2003-Open Letter-Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Explosives Regulations (138 KB)

This open letter announces that ATF is issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking affecting federal explosives regulations.

Explosives Open Letter
All FELs-Nov2002-Open Letter-Enacted Provisions of the Safe Explosives Act (303 KB)

The purpose of this letter is to provide you information on the provisions of the Safe Explosives Act (the Act), which was enacted on November 25, 2002.

Explosives Open Letter
All FELs-Nov2001-Open Letter-Notification of Undelivered Correspondence to ATF (100 KB)

This open letter is to notify all Federal firearms licensees and Federal explosives licensees and permitees that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) has not received mail since October 25, 2001.

Explosives Open Letter
All FELs-Sept2001-Open Letter-Heightened Security Precautions Request for Explosives Licensees and Permittees (101 KB)

The purpose of this letter is to advise all persons holding Federal explosives licenses or permits of heightened security precautions that should be taken in light of the events of September 11, 2001.

Explosives Open Letter
Indiana-Oct1998-Firearms-Establishment of National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) (45 KB)

The purpose of this letter is to advise you of your responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law. The permanent provisions of the Brady law provide for the establishment of a national instant criminal background check system (NICS) that licensees must contact before transferring any firearm to unlicensed individuals.

Firearms Open Letter
Opn Letter Kansas_Firearms Licensees-981030 (45 KB)

The purpose of this letter is to advise you of your responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law, 18 U.S.C. § 922(t). On November 30, 1998, the interim provisions of the Brady law will cease to apply, and the permanent provisions of the Brady law will take effect.

Firearms Open Letter
All FFLs-Dec2002-Open Letter-Homeland Security Act of 2002 - ATF Moves to the Department of Justice (26 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.

Firearms Open Letter
All FFLs-Aug2006-Open Letter-ATF Requests Assistance in Recovering Firearms Stolen During the Murder of an FFL (30 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. 

Firearms Open Letter
Kentucky-July2006-Open Letter-Kentucky Carry Concealed Deadly Weapon License Qualifies as Alternative to NICS Check (36 KB)

The purpose of this letter is to advise you that the Kentucky Carry Concealed Deadly Weapon License (CCDWL) issued on or after July 12, 2006, will qualify as an alternative to a National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) check.

Firearms Open Letter
National-Nov2001-Open Letter-Mail Submitted to ATF by FFLs and FELs (89 KB)

This is to notify you that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) has not received mail since October 25, 2001. Correspondence that has been affected by this situation includes applications for importation of firearms, explosives, and implements of war, National Firearms Act registrations and transfers, and all other written correspondence.

Firearms Open Letter
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