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Title Description Category Document Type
ATF Proc. 75-3: Recordkeeping for drop shipments (249 KB)
This ATF Procedure sets forth the recordkeeping procedures for "drop shipments" of firearms (other than National Firearms Act firearms as defined in section 5845(a) of Chapter 53, Title 26, U.S.C.) and ammunition between federally licensed firearms dealers, importers, and manufacturers.
Firearms Ruling
AG 3608-2016: Background Checks for Responsible Persons of a Trust or Legal Entity With Respect to Making or Transferring a Firearm (3878 KB)

The Department of Justice is amending the regulations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) regarding the making or transferring of a firearm under the National Firearms Act (NFA). This final rule defines the term "responsible person," as used in reference to a trust, partnership, association, company, or corporation; requires responsible persons of such trusts or legal entities to complete a specified form and to submit photographs and fingerprints when the trust or legal entity files an application to make an NFA firearm or is listed as the transferee on an application to transfer an NFA firearm; requires that a copy of all applications to make or transfer a firearm, and the specified form for responsible persons, as applicable, be forwarded to the chief law enforcement officer (CLEO) of the locality in which the applicant/transferee or responsible person is located; and eliminates the requirement for a certification signed by the CLEO. These provisions provide a public safety benefit as they ensure that responsible persons undergo background checks.

Firearms Ruling
AG Order No. 3607-2016 - Commerce in Firearms and Ammunition - Reporting Theft or Loss of Firearms in Transit (500 KB)

The Department of Justice is amending the regulations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) concerning the statutory reporting requirement for firearms that have been stolen or lost. The final rule specifies that when a federal firearms licensee (FFL) discovers a firearm it shipped was stolen or lost in transit, the transferor/sender FFL must report the theft or loss to ATP and to the appropriate local authorities within 48 hours of discovery.

Firearms Ruling
AG Order 2650-2003: Federal Register Vol. 68, No. 21 (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
West Virginia-Jun2014-Open Letter-West Virginia's Concealed Handgun Licenses (CHLs) as Alternative to NICS Checks (53 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
2012-3 - AFMER Electronic Form (1442 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 (583 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
2013-1 - Electronic Form 6 and 6A (2323 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 (58 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
Louisiana-Apr2015-Open Letter-Louisiana's Concealed Handgun Permit Qualifies as Alternative to to NICS Check (473 KB)
The purpose of this open letter is to advise all Louisiana Federal firearms licensees that Louisiana's concealed handgun permit has been determined to qualify as an alternative to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) check. 
Firearms Open Letter
All FELs-Jun2014-Open Letter-Black Powder (62 KB)
This is an open letter to all Federal explosives licensees and permittees in regards to inquiries about black powder exceptions under the Federal explosives laws.
Explosives Open Letter
National-Oct2010-Open Letter-PACT Act and Tobacco in Interstate Commerce (257 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) (217 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
American Samoa-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (705 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 (659 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 (893 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
Connecticut-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (821 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in Connecticut of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law. Firearms Open Letter
District of Columbia-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (916 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in the District of Columbia of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law. Firearms Open Letter
Florida-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (985 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in Florida of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law. Firearms Open Letter
Guam-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (880 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in Guam of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law. Firearms Open Letter
Maryland-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (1008 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in Maryland of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law. Firearms Open Letter
Missouri-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (817 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in Missouri of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law. Firearms Open Letter
Montana-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (776 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in Montana of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law. Firearms Open Letter
Oklahoma-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (826 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. Firearms Open Letter
Pennsylvania-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (780 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. Firearms Open Letter
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