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Title Description Category Document Type
2005-3 - Meaning of Term Inhabited Building (17 KB)
ATF provides guidance on two situations involving structures and whether they are "inhabited buildings" as defined in 27 CFR Part 555.
Explosives Ruling
2005-2 - Meaning of Term Highway (12 KB)
ATF provides guidance on three different private roads and whether they are "highways" as defined in 27 CFR 555.11.
Explosives Ruling
2004-3 - Locking Requirements for Indoor Type 4 Storage Magazines (11 KB)
ATF provides guidance on three different private roads and whether they are "highways" as defined in 27 CFR 555.11.
Explosives Ruling
2002-4 - Indoor Storage of Explosives in Business Premises Directly Adjacent to a Residence or Dwelling (86 KB)
ATF requires approval of variances for indoor storage of explosives in business premises directly adjacent to a residence or dwelling.
Explosives Ruling
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
New Jersey-Nov1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (43 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in New Jersey of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law Firearms Open Letter
All FELs-Apr2011-Open Letter-Importance of Security When Storing or Transporting Explosive Materials (64 KB)
In response to continued thefts of vehicles carrying explosive materials along the southwest U.S. border, the ATF reminds all persons holding Federal explosives licenses or permits of the importance of security when storing or transporting explosive materials.
Explosives Open Letter
Alabama-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (45 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in Alabama of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law. Firearms Open Letter
All FELs-Nov2010-Open Letter-Explosive Pest Control Devices (EPCDs) (164 KB)
This letter provides information regarding explosive pest control devices (EPCDs). Agricultural, aquacultural, and aviation industries use EPCDs — commonly known as bird bombs or seal bombs — to help protect crops, natural resources, and aircraft from damage by wildlife.
Explosives Open Letter
All FELs-Aug2008-Open Letter-Guidance for Pending Natural Disasters (175 KB)
The purpose of this open letter is to help you protect your business premises and inventory in the event of a natural disaster; and provide guidance on what to do if your business premises is damaged or destroyed by a natural disaster.
Explosives Open Letter
All FELs-May2008-Open Letter-Notification of Proposed Improvement to Fireworks Recordkeeping Process (160 KB)

This year, a fireworks industry groups made a proposal that ATF anticipates will make fireworks recordkeeping more manageable and enhance our ability to trace and track fireworks. The proposed process should improve public safety and reduce the number of illegal transactions in display fireworks.

Explosives Open Letter
2002-3 - Indoor Storage of Explosives in a Residence or Dwelling (11 KB)
ATF will approve variances to store explosives in a residence or dwelling only upon certain conditions including, but not limited to, receipt of a certification of compliance with State and local law, and documentation that local fire safety officials have received a copy of the certification.
Explosives Ruling
All FELs-Sept2005-Open Letter-Hurricane Katrina Damaged Areas (141 KB)

The purpose of this open letter is to provide procedures to Federal explosives licensees and permittees affected by Hurricane Katrina. 

Explosives Open Letter
All FFLs-July2004-Open Letter-ATF Requests Assistance in National Effort to Prevent Terrorism (152 KB) This open letter provides awareness information for Federal firearms licensees to incorporate in their daily business activities. Firearms Open Letter
All FELs-July2004-Open Letter-ATF Director's Letter to Explosives Industry to Be Aware and Be Secure (166 KB)

The purpose of this open letter is to advise Federal explosives industry licensees and permittees to remain diligent in security and protection of their explosives inventory. 

Explosives Open Letter
All FELs-Jun2003-Open Letter-Reminder Regarding the Limited Permit (166 KB)
The purpose of this open letter is to remind Federal explosives licensees and permittees to be vigilant during the Fourth of July holiday and provide information regarding the new intrastate limited permit.
Explosives Open Letter
All FELs-May2003-Open Letter-Reminder Regarding Provisions of the Safe Explosives Act (177 KB)
The purpose of this letter is to remind all Federal explosives licensees and permittees that the first provisions of the Act went into effect on January 24, 2003, and the remaining provisions go into effect on May 24, 2003.
Explosives Open Letter
All FELs-Feb2003-Open Letter-Proposed Rulemaking Regarding Explosives Regulations (138 KB) This open letter announces that ATF is issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking affecting federal explosives regulations. Explosives Open Letter
All FELs-Nov2002-Open Letter-Enacted Provisions of the Safe Explosives Act (303 KB) The purpose of this letter is to provide you information on the provisions of the Safe Explosives Act (the Act), which was enacted on November 25, 2002. Explosives Open Letter
All FELs-Nov2002-Open Letter-Safe Explosives Act Provisions for Blasting/Mining Educators (203 KB)
This open letter provides information for public and private institutes and the provisions pertaining to the Safe Explosives Act
Explosives Open Letter
All FELs-May2002-Open Letter-ATF Asks that Explosives Licensees and Permittees Remain Vigilant When Selling Explosive Materials (102 KB)
The purpose of this letter is to ask that you continue to be vigilant in light of heightened security concerns regarding possible terrorist activity involving explosives.
Explosives Open Letter
All FELs-Nov2001-Open Letter-Notification of Undelivered Correspondence to ATF (100 KB) This open letter is to notify all Federal firearms licensees and Federal explosives licensees and permitees that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) has not received mail since October 25, 2001. Explosives Open Letter
All FELs-Sept2001-Open Letter-Heightened Security Precautions Request for Explosives Licensees and Permittees (101 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise all persons holding Federal explosives licenses or permits of heightened security precautions that should be taken in light of the events of September 11, 2001. Explosives Open Letter
Delaware-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (45 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in Delaware of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law. Firearms Open Letter
Hawaii-Oct1998-Open Letter-Permanent Provisions of the Brady Law (45 KB) The purpose of this letter is to advise Federal firearms licensees in Hawaii of their responsibilities under the permanent provisions of the Brady law. Firearms Open Letter
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