Guidance Documents

Guidance Documents

Component Document Issued Posted ID Topic Overview
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) July 26, 2021 July 30, 2021 DOJ-1980826 Firearms

This letter provides guidance on your obligations as a federal firearms licensee. The guidance is intended to assist you in meeting these obligations. This letter does not impose any new obligations. It merely confirms the continuing applicability of existing federal obligations.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) July 26, 2021 July 30, 2021 DOJ-1980841 Firearms

The purpose of this letter is to provide guidance on your obligations as a federal firearms licensee (FFL) in Texas. The following guidance is intended to assist you in accomplishing this goal. This letter does not impose any new obligations. It merely confirms the continuing applicability of existing federal obligations.

Civil Rights Division, Civil Rights - Disability Rights Section July 26, 2021 August 1, 2022 DOJ-1989496 Civil Rights

This guidance explains that long COVID can be a disability under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  This guidance also provides resources for additional information and best practices.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) July 9, 2021 July 15, 2021 DOJ-1981041 Firearms

The NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 (NIAA) requires states, as a condition of grant eligibility, to establish procedures to allow persons with disabilities relating to mental health (i.e., prohibiting mental health adjudications or involuntary commitments to a mental institution) to obtain relief from such disabilities for purposes of firearms eligibility. 

Diversion Control Program (DEA) July 8, 2021 July 9, 2021 DEA-DC-052 DEA Registration

This guidance document addresses issues pertaining to an individual practitioner’s use of their home address as a principal place of business or professional practice and the home address becoming controlled premises subject to unannounced inspections and administrative warrants under existing Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) regulations

Civil Rights Division, Civil Rights - Educational Opportunities Section June 23, 2021 December 20, 2022 DOJ-2041756 Civil Rights

This document (issued jointly with ED-OCR) is a resource for students and families on confronting LGBTQI+ discrimination in schools. It recognizes that in schools around the country, LGBTQI+ students have reported bullying and harassment by classmates because of their perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) June 20, 2021 June 20, 2021 DOJ-2040721 Firearms

Red more to find out what is considered a disaster and tips on how to prepare as an FFL.

Diversion Control Program (DEA) June 17, 2021 July 9, 2021 DEA-DC-051 DEA Records and Reports

This guidance document addresses the question of whether controlled substances that are broken and/or spilled at a DEA registrant’s registered location need to be reported to DE

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) June 15, 2021 October 8, 2021 DOJ-1980846 Firearms

The purpose of this open letter is to advise you that the Louisiana Lifetime Concealed Handgun Permit (Lifetime Permit) meets the requirements as an alternative to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) check only during the five-year period beginning on the date of issuance of the Lifetime Permit.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) June 1, 2021 June 11, 2021 DOJ-1981051 Firearms

What's in this issue: What is a Straw Purchase; Silencer Markings and Registration Requirements; Changes to ATF Form 4473; State of Residence and Identification; NICS Alternative Permits and Age Restrictions; and more.

Civil Rights Division, Civil Rights - Educational Opportunities Section May 10, 2021 December 20, 2022 DOJ-2041761 Civil Rights

This document (issued jointly with ED-OCR) is an updated resource for students and families on confronting COVID-19 related bullying and harassment against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students. It recognizes that in schools around the country, AAPI students have reported bullying and harassment by classmates because of their race or national origin, including their ethnicity, ancestry, and language. The resource is available in twelve AAPI languages.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) April 21, 2021 April 21, 2021 DOJ-2040761 Firearms

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Stolen Firearms Program was formally established on September 13, 1994, with the passage of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. For more than 20 years before this Act, ATF had been accepting voluntary reports of firearms lost/stolen from interstate shipments. Read more for safety and security information regarding FFLs

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) March 17, 2021 March 19, 2021 DOJ-1980861 Firearms

The purpose of this Open Letter is to advise you of an important change to the procedure you must follow to comply with the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (Brady Law), 18 U.S.C. § 922(t), when transferring a firearm to an unlicensed person.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) March 15, 2021 March 15, 2021 DOJ-1761081 Firearms

FAQs regarding the Industry Replacement of Tommy Built Tactical Model T36 Receiver.

Department of Justice January 15, 2021 January 15, 2021 DOJ-1360476 Civil Rights

This guidance summarizes the Department’s policies on how it administers its Federal grants in compliance with Executive Order 13798, the Attorney General’s Memorandum “Federal Law Protections for Religious Liberty,” and OMB Memorandum M-20-09.

Diversion Control Program (DEA) December 9, 2020 December 9, 2020 DEA-DC-050 DEA Registration

This guidance document answers the question: “If a registrant may use a post office box or private mailbox address as the registered address.”

Diversion Control Program (DEA) November 20, 2020 November 20, 2020 DEA-DC-049 Controlled Substance Prescriptions

This guidance document answers the question: “If electronic prescriptions for controlled substances be sent by e-mail.”

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) November 5, 2020 December 1, 2021 DOJ-2040776 Firearms

ATF Industry Operations Investigators (IOIs) assist Federal firearms licensees (FFLs) in understanding and complying with the laws and regulations for operating a firearms business. Whether it is with proper recordkeeping or lawfully transferring firearms, IOIs ensure that FFLs comply with Federal firearms laws and regulations.

Diversion Control Program (DEA) October 13, 2020 October 21, 2020 DEA-DC-048 General

Question and Answer addressing if a Researcher registrant should complete a DEA Form 222 when participating in double-blind studies in which the exact quantity of schedule I or II controlled substances received is unknown.

Diversion Control Program (DEA) October 8, 2020 October 8, 2020 DEA-DC-046 General

Pharmacist Manual

Diversion Control Program (DEA) October 8, 2020 October 20, 2020 DEA-DC_047 General

Q&A answering whether a physician transport controlled substances and administer controlled substances at the patient’s home residence (the so-called “black bag exception”).

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) September 18, 2020 September 30, 2020 DOJ-1382741 Explosives

This presentation provides a history of the implementation of the Safe Explosives Act, the intention of the legislation and the authority of ATF to regulate the storage of explosives, above ground or underground.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) September 18, 2020 September 30, 2020 DOJ-1382791 Explosives

This presentation on fireworks provides an overview of the classification of explosive materials and exemptions under Part 555, storage, identifying appropriate Tables of Distances and determining if a variance to deviate from the regulations might be needed.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) September 18, 2020 September 30, 2020 DOJ-1382806 Explosives

This presentation defines an Employee Possessor and provides the procedures for reporting Employee Possessors to ATF, the clearance process, and at what point an employee may possess explosives.

Diversion Control Program (DEA) September 18, 2020 September 18, 2020 DEA-DC-045 General

Q&A asking if a pharmacy may deliver a prescribed buprenorphine product to a practitioner for direct administration to the patient. This Q&A further explains that a pharmacy may deliver buprenorphine to the registered location of either the prescribing or the administering practitioner, and must be administered by injection or implantation only to the patient named on the prescription within 14 days after the date of receipt of the CS by the practitioner.

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