Rules and Regulations Library

Titlesort descending Description Category Document Type
Rhode Island-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (648 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in Rhode Island of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law. Firearms Open Letter
SB Criteria Withdrawal Notice 12-23-20.pdf (106 KB)

ATF is announcing the withdrawal of a notice and request for comments entitled “Objective Factors for Classifying Weapons with ‘Stabilizing Braces’,” that was published on December 18, 2020.

Firearms General Notice
Separation of Distances of Ammonium Nitrate and Blasting Agents from Explosives or Blasting Agents (2002R-226P) May 29, 2015 (74 KB)

The Department of Justice proposes amending Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) regulations to remove the reference to an outdated guidance document in an explanatory note following the table of separation distances of ammonium nitrate and blasting agents from explosives or blasting agents. The Department also proposes amending that note to clarify that those separation distance requirements apply to all ammonium nitrate.

Explosives Rulemaking
Separation of Distances of Ammonium Nitrate and Blasting Agents from Explosives or Blasting Agents (2002R-226P) Sept. 16, 2010 (60 KB)

The Department of Justice (Department) intends to amend the regulations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to replace the regulations’ reference to an outdated guidance document. Based upon a  petition ATF received, the Department wishes to gather information and comments from the public and industry about possible replacements for this guidance document.

Explosives Rulemaking
South Carolina-Aug2008-Open Letter-Amendment to South Carolina Law Prohibiting Handgun Sales to Persons Under Eighteen Years of Age (104 KB)
The purpose of this letter is to advise you that the recent amendment to Section 16-23-30, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the unlawful sale of handguns to certain person, so as to prohibit the sale of a handgun to persons under eighteen years of age rather than under twenty-one years of age has no effect on Federal firearms laws and regulations.
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
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
South Carolina-Sept1999-Open Letter-Notice of Amendment-South Carolina Ceases Operations as NICS Point of Contact (98 KB)
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has now notified ATF and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that they will cease operations as the NICS point of contact on September 30, 1999.  Therefore, beginning October 1, 1999, in order to initiate a NICS check for any firearm, South Carolina licensees must contact the FBI’s NICS Operations Center
Firearms Open Letter
South Dakota-Feb2017-Open Letter-South Dakota's Gold Card Concealed Pistol Permit and Enhanced Permit to Carry a Concealed Pistol (34 KB)
The purpose of this letter is to advise South Dakota Federal Firearms Licensees regarding ATF's determination of the South Dakota’s Gold Card Concealed Pistol Permit and Enhanced Permit to Carry a Concealed Pistol as alternatives to the background check. 
Firearms Open Letter
South Dakota-March 2021-Open Letter-Regular Concealed Carry Permit as NICS Alternative (206 KB)

A South Dakota Regular Concealed Carry Permit, issued on or after July 1, 2018, can be used as an alternative to the required NICS background check.

Firearms Open Letter
South Dakota-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (44 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in South Dakota of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law. Firearms Open Letter
Technical Amendments (2013R-9F) (66 KB)

This final rule makes technical amendments and corrects typographical errors in ATF regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Many of the technical changes are being made to reflect changes in nomenclature resulting   from the transfer of ATF to the Department of Justice from the Department of the Treasury pursuant to the Homeland Security Act of 2002. The changes are designed to provide clarity and enhance uniformity throughout these regulations.

Resource Center Rulemaking
Technical Amendments to Regulations in Title 27, Chapter 11 (2006R-6P) (54 KB)

This final rule makes technical amendments and corrects typographical errors in parts 447, 478, 479, and 555 of title 27, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). All changes are to provide clarity and uniformity throughout these regulations.

Firearms Rulemaking
Tennessee-July2009-Open Letter-Passage of the Tennessee Firearms Freedom Act (74 KB)
The purpose of this open letter is to provide guidance on your obligations as a Federal firearms licensee (“FFL”) with respect to the the passage of the Tennessee Firearms Freedom Act that took effect on June 19, 2009. 
Firearms Open Letter
Tennessee-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (461 KB)

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

Firearms Open Letter
Texas-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (874 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
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
Tribal Law Enforcement-July2006-Open Letter-Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence (375 KB)
This letter is to provide information to tribal law enforcement departments regarding the Omnibus Consolidation Appropriations Act of 1997.  This Act made it unlawful for any person convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence (MCDV) to ship, transport, possess, or receive firearms or ammunitions.
Firearms Open Letter
U.S. Munitions Import List and Import Restrictions Applicable to Certain Countries (2005R-5P) Dec. 26, 2007 (56 KB)

This final rule conforms the regulations in 27 CFR Part 447 to the revised International Traffic in Arms Regulations by amending the list of countries from which the importation of defense articles into the United States is proscribed by adding Afghanistan and removing South Africa and some of the states composing the former Soviet Union (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Tajikistan). The rule also removes the arms embargo against the countries of Serbia and Montenegro. It also clarifies an outdated reference in the regulations to Zaire, currently known as the "Democratic Republic of the Congo," and makes a miscellaneous technical amendment to the regulations.

Firearms Rulemaking
Utah-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (801 KB)

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

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
Vermont-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (638 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in Vermont 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 (50 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
Virgin Islands-Oct2005-Open Letter-U.S. Virgina Islands Firearms Permits No Longer Alternative to NICS Check (39 KB)
This open letter informs Federal firearms licensees in the U.S. Virgin Islands that the U.S. Virgin Islands Firearms Permits no longer qualifies as an alternative to a National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) check.
Firearms Open Letter
Virginia-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (732 KB)

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

Firearms Open Letter
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