Guidance Documents

Guidance Documents

Under 28 CFR 50.26, except where expressly authorized by law or as expressly incorporated into a contract, guidance documents issued by a Department component lack the force or effect of law and do not bind the public; noncompliance with voluntary standards will not, in itself, result in any enforcement action. In addition, 28 CFR 50.27 articulates processes and procedures for DOJ’s use of guidance documents, including the use of guidance documents in litigation.

Component Document Issued Posted ID Topic Overview
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) October 23, 1968 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1311971 Firearms This circular announces the transfer of the Arms Import Control Program from the Secretary of State to the Secretary of the Treasury.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) April 8, 1970 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1311976 Firearms This circular announces the issuance of a  new Treasury Department regulation, Part 180 of Title 26, Code of Federal Regulations, entitled Importation of Arms, Ammunition and Implements of War.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) March 1, 1972 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1311981 Explosives This circular advises on the implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) October 10, 1972 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1311986 Firearms The circular urges licensed firearms dealers to identify their prsonal collection of firearms kept at the business premises.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) October 30, 1974 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1311991 Explosives This circular advises proprietors of their responsibility to ATF with respect to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, and the National Historic Preservation Act, and of the possible effects of these requirements upon their activities.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) November 12, 1974 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1311996 Firearms The circular reminds firearms dealers, manufacturers, and importers of the provisions of 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44, and Subpart F of th eRegulatons thereunder (26 CFR 178) pertaining to sales or deliveries of firearms or ammunition between licensees.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) January 23, 1975 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312001 Firearms This  circular announces the reclassification of small caliber weapons (such as penguns) ostensibly designed to expel only tear gas, similar substances or pyrotechnic signals, which may be converted to  expel a projectile by means of an explosive, as firearms.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) April 29, 1975 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312006 Firearms This circular reminds FFLs to make areport of a multiple sale or other disposition of pistols and revolvers.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) February 12, 1976 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312011 Explosives This circular requests all FFLs to report thefts or lossess of explsives from their magazines or premises promptly. For purposes of security notify the nearest ATF office and local authorities.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) July 28, 1977 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312016 Explosives This circular informs those involved in the manufacture, distribution, storage or use of explosives that ATF Ruling 77-13, which deals with reporting theft or loss of explosive materials, was published in the ATF Bulletin for May 1977.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) October 13, 1977 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312021 Firearms This circular reminds importers of firearms and destructive devices that they must apply a unque serial number to any imported firearm or ammunition regardless of the source or country of origin.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) July 13, 1982 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312026 Explosives This circular notifies explosives licensees that ATF Form 5400.3, Transaction Record for Black Powder to be used for antique weapons, is no longer required.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) June 13, 1979 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312031 Firearms This circular inform FFLs of a Treasury decision effection August 1, 1983, T.D. ATF 135 (48 FR 24065), implemetning a three year firearms license.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) October 26, 1983 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312036 Explosives This circular has been published to inform you of a potential explosion hazard relating to a malfunctioning of automatic ammunition reloading equipment.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) December 31, 1984 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312041 Firearms This circular discuesses sales of Fireams and Ammunition by Licensees at Gun Shows. The regulations have been changed (effective november 29, 1984), to allow licensees to engage in business at gun shows held within the same state as the licensed premises.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) September 17, 1985 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312046 Firearms This circular announces that ATF will allow the importation of surplus military curio or relic firearms that were previously prohibited from importation by 18 U.S.C. section 925(d)(3).
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) April 1, 1985 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312051 Firearms This circular provides information concerning the importation of National Firearms Act (NFA) firearms for use as a sample for sales to law enforcement agencies when such firearms have been determined to be curios or relics.                                                                                                                                                                                               
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) August 25, 1986 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312056 Explosives This circular has been published to inform you of a potential explosion hazard relating to a malfunctioning of automatic ammunition reloading equipment.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) December 4, 1986 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312061 Firearms This circular announces that the President signed Public Law 99-408, on August 28, 1986.  This law regulates the manufacture, importation and sale of armor piercing ammunition.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) May 5, 1986 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312066 Firearms This circular announces an addition of firearms that have been classified as curios and relics during the period January 1985 through March 1986.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) September 27, 1989 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312071 Firearms This circurlar advises that ATF will accept facsimile versions of certain ATF Forms.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) January 24, 1991 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312076 Explosives This circular advises industry members of serious problems with storage of explosives which may pose a danger to the public, and to alert industry members to the possibility of theft of explosives by terrorists because of the deteriorating Mideast situation.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) July 13, 1993 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312081 Firearms This circular gives general guidance to firearms and ammunition excise taxpayers about making tax-exempt or tax-free sales of firearms, and shells and cartridges (ammunition).
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) January 19, 1995 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312086 Alcohol & Tobacco This circular reminds proprietors of distilled spirits plants (DSPs), importers, wholesalers and other persons who purchase distilled spirits products from DSPs of their responsibility to comply with all applicable Federal and state laws with respect to such sales.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) June 6, 1992 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312091 Alcohol & Tobacco This circular reminds all persons of the Federal law (and penalties) applying to the shipments, sale or possession of cigarettes and to the domestic sales of cigarettes marked for export. Additionally, this circular addresses the sale of cigarettes on Native American tribal reservations.Unlawful transportation, shipment, or sale of cigarettes and domestic sale of cigarettes labeled for export.

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