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Title Description Category Document Type
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
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
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
Presidential Memorandum-130116 (24 KB)
Tracing firearms in connection with criminal investigations and improving availability of relevant Executive Brand records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
Firearms Open Letter
All FFLs-Dec2012-Open Letter-For Importers the Availability of ATF Form 4587 (ATF F 5330.4) on Pay.gov (28 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
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
Alaska-Jun2012-Open Letter-Identification Showing Residence is Neither a Street Address or Rural Route and Box Number (155 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
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 FELs-Nov2011-Open Letter-Clarify the Definition of "display fireworks" in the Federal Explosives Regulations (105 KB)
The purpose of this letter is to clarify the definition of "display fireworks" in the Federal explosives regulations. 
Explosives 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
All FFLs-Sept2011-Open Letter-Marijuana for Medicinal Purposes (57 KB)
The purpose of this open letter is to provide guidance on the issue of marijuana for madicinal purposes and its applicability to Federal firearms laws.
Firearms 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
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 FELs-July2009-Open Letter-Ammonium Perchlorate Composite Propellant (APCP) (85 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 FFLs-Jan2009-Open Letter-Use and Acceptance of Electronically Transmitted Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Military Orders (590 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 FFLs-Jan2009-Open Letter-Reporting Theft or Loss of Firearms from Inventory (66 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 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
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