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Title Description Category Document Type
Wisconsin-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (695 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in Wisconsin of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law. Firearms Open Letter
Wyoming-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (772 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in Wyoming of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law. Firearms Open Letter
north-carolina-oct1998-openletter-permanent_provisions_of_the_brady_law.pdf (713 KB) October 1991 Open Letter to all FFL's regarding Brady Law. Firearms Open Letter
Idaho-Oct1998-Firearms-Establishment of National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) (841 KB) The purpose of this open letter is to advise you of an important change to the procedure you may follow to comply with the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, when transferring a firearm to an unlicensed person. This open letter supersedes the document by the same title, posted on April 8, 2010. Firearms Open Letter
New Hampshire-Nov1998-Open Letter-Change to New Hampshire Background Check Procedures (1510 KB)
This correction notice is an update to the original background check letter, dated October 28, 1998.  The State of New Hampshire has elected to participate as a NICS point of contact for handguns.
Firearms Open Letter
New Jersey-Dec1998-Open Letter-Correction Notice-Change to New Jersey Background Check Procedure (659 KB)
The correction notice corrects an error found in the ATF open letter, dated November 10, 1998, regarding the point of contact for background checks firearm transfers. 
Firearms Open Letter
New Mexico-Nov1998-Open Letter-Correction Notice-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (987 KB)
This correction notice is to advise all New Mexico Federal firearms licensees that the New Mexico Department of Public Safety will no longer particiapte as the NICS point of contact.
Firearms Open Letter
All FELs-Nov2011-Open Letter-Clarify the Definition of "display fireworks" in the Federal Explosives Regulations (72 KB)
The purpose of this letter is to clarify the definition of "display fireworks" in the Federal explosives regulations. 
Explosives Open Letter
Oregon-Nov1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (914 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
South Carolina-Dec1998-Open Letter-Correction Notice-Change to South Carolina Background Check Procedures (145 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
Vermont-Dec2000-Open Letter-Notice of Amendment for Vermont Firearms Background Checks (735 KB)
The State of Vermont has advised us that effective February 1, 2002, it will no longer act as a point of contact for NICS checks.  In the absence of any further Vermont legislation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will assume responsibility for conducting NICS checks for firearms transactions in Vermont on February 1, 2002.
Firearms Open Letter
Alaska-Jun2012-Open Letter-Identification Showing Residence is Neither a Street Address or Rural Route and Box Number (100 KB)
The purpose of this open letter is to provide guidance to Federal firearms licensees (FFLs) in Alaska regarding firearms transferees whose government issued identification documents indicate a residence address that is neither a street address nor a rural route and box number address. 
Firearms Open Letter
All FELs-Sep2012-Open Letter-Building Positive Working Relationships with Industry Members (179 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. Explosives Open Letter
All FFLs-Jan2009-Open Letter-Reporting Theft or Loss of Firearms from Inventory (48 KB)

The purpose of this open letter is to reminder Federal firearms licensees of their responsibility in reporting any theft or loss of firearms from their inventory to ATF.

Firearms Open Letter
All FFLs-Jan2009-Open Letter-Use and Acceptance of Electronically Transmitted Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Military Orders (181 KB)

The purpose of this open letter is to provide guidance on the use and acceptance of electronically transmitted permanent change of station (PCS) military order to establish a transferee’s State of residence.

Firearms Open Letter
All FELs-July2009-Open Letter-Ammonium Perchlorate Composite Propellant (APCP) (62 KB)
The purpose of this letter is to provide Federal explosives licensees and permittees with information about the recent district court decision regarding ammonium perchlorate composite propellant (APCP). 
Explosives Open Letter
All FELs-Mar2011-Open Letter-Exemption of Tribal Display Materials (70 KB)
This open letter is to all Federally recognized Indian tribes and Explosives licensees and permittees and  provides guidance regarding the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010.  The law created an exemption for federally recognized Indian tribes or tribal agencies from provisions of the Federal explosives laws with respect to display fireworks.
Explosives Open Letter
All FFLs-Dec2012-Open Letter-For Importers the Availability of ATF Form 4587 (ATF F 5330.4) on Pay.gov (948 KB)
This open letter contains information about the availability of ATF F 4587 (ATF F 5330.4), Application to Register as an Importer of U.S. Munitions Import List Articles, on Pay.gov.
Firearms Open Letter
Nebraska-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (119 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in Nebraska of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law. Firearms Open Letter
atf-ruling-2018-1.pdf (90 KB)
ATF is revoking several guidance documents; specifically 7 rulings, 1 procedure, and 59 open letters.  The following documents listed, in the order in which they were issued:  Revenue Ruling 69-114; ATF Ruling 75-30; ATF Ruling 7-13; ATF Ruling 77-25; ATF Ruling 77-26; ATF Ruling 80-22; ATF Ruling 80-23; ATF Procedure 80-7; 53 Open letters dated February 1994; Open Letter to all federally licensed importers and manufacturers dated August 22, 2001; Open Letter to All Federal firearms and explosives licensees dated November 20, 2001; Open Letter to all Federal Explosives Licensees and Permittees dated February 12, 2003; Open Letter to all FFLs dated August 31, 2006; Open Letter to all FFLs dated November 4, 2008; and Open Letter to Washington FFL's dated August 12, 2011.
Resource Center Ruling
2017-1-Revoking Certain Guidance Documents (283 KB)
ATF is revoking several guidance documents; specifically three rulings, one procedure, and two industry circulars.  ATF Procdure 75-4: Procedure incorporated into the Application for Explosives License or Permit, ATF Form 5400.13/16.; Industry Circular 75-10: Industry Circular incorporated into the Application for Explosives License or Permit, ATF Form 5400.13/16.; ATF Ruling 85-3: Ruling made obsolete by amendments to 18 U.S.C. 922(b)(3).; Industry Circular 85-3: Industry circular made obsolete by amendments to 18 U.S.C. 922(b)(3).; ATF Ruling 2001-1: Ruling made unnecessary and obsolete as the registration period ended May 1, 2001.: ATF Ruling 2004-1: Ruling made obsolete by amendments to 27 CFR 478.11 (definition of "State of residence").
Resource Center Ruling
2011-4 - Pistols Configured from Rifles; Rifles Configured from Pistols (83 KB)
Unassembled parts and configurations of parts of pistols, rifles, handguns or other weapons that result in a  firearm as defined under the NFA, 26 U.S.C. 5845(a)(3); 26 U.S.C. 5845(a)(3) and (a)(4); 26 U.S.C. 5845(a)(3) and (a)(4); and 26 U.S.C. 5845(a)(4).
Firearms Ruling
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