Rules and Regulations Library

Title Description Category Document Type
2012-5 - Type 4 Magazine Construction (69 KB)
ATF authorizes alternate storage for explosives licensees and permittees to store explosive materials in outdoor type 4 magazines with wood-only floors, provided all of the requirements stated in this ruling are met.
Explosives Ruling
1973-13 - Gunsmithing Premises and Regular Business Hours (28 KB)
Because of the nature of operations conducted by a gunsmith, he shall not be required to have business premises open to the general public or to have regular business hours.
Firearms Ruling
1973-19 - Bonafide Firearms Consultants and Business Premises (73 KB) Because of the nature of operations conducted by a consultant or expert, he shall not be required to have business premises open to the general public or to have regular business hours. Firearms Ruling
1973-9 - Federal Firearms Licensees at Multiple Locations and Common Expiration Dates (28 KB) Licensed firearms or ammunition dealers operating at multiple locations may establish a common expiration date for all licenses. Firearms Ruling
1974-13 - Importation of Firearms by Members of the U.S. Armed Forces (26 KB) A member of the U.S. Armed Forces who is a resident of any State or territory which requires that a permit or other authorization be issued prior to possessing or owning a handgun shall submit evidence of compliance with State law when applying to import a handgun. Firearms Ruling
1974-20 - Disposition of Replacement Firearms (108 KB) Form 4473 shall not be required to record disposition of a like replacement firearm when such firearm is delivered by a licensee to the person from whom the malfunctioning or damaged firearm was received, provided such disposition is recorded in the licensee’s permanent records. Firearms Ruling
1974-8 - NFA Firearms for Official Use Only (68 KB) When NFA firearms are registered on Form 10 by governmental entities, subsequent transfers of such firearms shall be made only to other governmental entities. Firearms Ruling
2011-2 - Locking Requirements for Outdoor Type 5 Bin and Silo Magazines (85 KB)
ATF authorizes alternate storage for explosives licensees and permittees to store bulk blasting agents in outdoor type 5 bin or silo magazines without the specified locks provided all of the requirements stated in this ruling have been met.
Explosives Ruling
All FFLs-Jan2013-Open Letter-Facilitating Transfers of Firearms Between Private Individuals (242 KB) The purpose of this open letter is to remind all Federal firearms licenses (FFL) of their ready ability to enhance public safety and assist law enforcement by encouraging and facilitating transfers of firearms between private individuals thorough their businesses. 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
All FFLs-Nov2003-Open Letter-Procedual Guidance Regarding the Handling of ATF Form 4473 After a Firearms Transaction (1121 KB)
This letter serves to provide Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) with procedural guidance regarding the handling of ATF From 4473, Firearms Transaction Record, after a firearm transaction has occurred. 
Firearms Open Letter
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 FELs-Sept2012-Open Letter-Table of Distance Requirements (116 KB)
The purpose of this open letter is to provide information regarding ATF revisiting its guidelines for the application of the tables of distances for the storage of certain explosive materials.
Explosives Open Letter
National-Apr2012-Open Letter-Unmarked Plastic Explosives (116 KB)
The purpose of this letter is to remind all Federal law enforcement agencies and military components of certain provisions of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 pertaining to plastic explosives that do not contain a detection agent.
Explosives Open Letter
All FFLs-Dec2011-Open Letter-Future Amendment of Nonimmigrant Alien Provisions (67 KB)
The purpose of this open letter is to inform all Federal firearms licensees that ATF is in the process of amending its regulations and forms related to nonimmigrant alien provisions of the Gun Control Act.
Firearms Open Letter
All FFLs-Dec2011-Open Letter-State of Residence (71 KB)
The purpose of this open letter is to inform all Federal firearms licensees that ATF will be revising the regulations in 27 C.F.R. Part 478 to conform to the Department of Justice's conclusions by removing the separate 90-day residency requirement for aliens.
Firearms Open Letter
All FFLs-Nov2011-Open Letter-Recent Changes to Florida State Law (63 KB)
The purpose of this open letter is to provide guidance on the recent changes to Florida State law and to assist Federal firearms licensees in complying with Federal firearms laws and regulations and how they may affect Florida county ordinances that require sellers to wait five days before delivering a firearms.
Firearms Open Letter
National-Feb2010-Open Letter-Locking Requirements for Portable Type-5 Magazines (56 KB)
The purpose of this memorandum is in response to inquiries regarding ATF's determination on the locking requirements for portable Type-5 magazines commonly referred to as ocean freight containers, sea containers, or ISO containers.
Explosives Open Letter
All FFLs-July2009-Open Letter-Selling or Delivering Firearms Frames or Receivers (104 KB) The purpose of the this open letter is to provide guidance on certain regulatory requirements and definitions under the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA) about selling or delivering firearm frames or receivers. Firearms Open Letter
Montana-July2009-Open Letter-Guidance Regarding Montana Firearms Freedom Act (73 KB)
The purpose of this letter is to provide guidance on your obligations as a Federal firearms licensee (FFL) and the passage of the Montana Firearms Freedom Act.
Firearms Open Letter
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
All FFLs Jun 2008 - Open Letter - Clarification for Firearms Importers on the Importablility of Firearms Barrels (179 KB)

The purpose of this open letter is to provide guidance to federally licensed firearms importers and registered importers of U.S. Munitions Import List Articles and clarification on the importability of firearms barrels under 18 U.S.C § 925(d)(3).

Rules and Regulations Open Letter
All FFLs-May2008-Open Letter-Procedual Guidance for Licensed and/or Registered Importers for ATF Form 6A (300 KB) This open letter is a reminder of the procedures to follow when completing ATF Form 6A as outlined in 27 CFR 478.112 and on the instruction page of the form. Firearms Open Letter
National-Jan2008-Open Letter-Submitting Payments to ATF (88 KB)
The purpose of this letter is to provide notification that the ATF will be switching to electronic funds processing (ECP) for all payments received by the agency.
Firearms Open Letter
All FFLs-June2007-Open Letter-Post Office (P.O.) Boxes or Rural Route Numbers as a Residence Address (296 KB) The purpose of this open letter is to provide guidance regarding firearms transferees whose only identification documents indicate only Post Office Box or Rural Route number as a residence address. Firearms Open Letter
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