Guidance Documents

Guidance Documents

Component Document Issued Posted ID Topic Overview
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) December 1, 2012 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312221 Explosives What’s In This Issue: New Explosives Industry Programs Branch Chief; ATF Explosives Industry Meeting in Washington; ATF Ruling 2012-5 Type 4 Wood Floors; Signage and Placarding at Regulated Mining Sites; Explosives Violations; Applying Tables of Distances at 555.218 and 555.220; Type 19 Licensed Activities; Recording Packaged Displays in the DSMT; Questions and Answers; EIPB at the AFSL Display Fireworks Seminar in China
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) June 1, 2013 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312226 Explosives What’s In This Issue: New Publication; Exploding Ammunition Requirements; Smoke Producing Devices; Reagents; Canadian Type 4 Magazines vs. U.S. Type 2 Magazines; Hardwood or Softwood?; Interior Walls for Type 1 Magazines; Gun Loading Facilities; Horizontally-Mounted Hoods; Indoor Storage Reminders; Recordkeeping Reminders; Permittee Disposal of Surplus Stock; Questions and Answers; Explosives Thefts from 2006 thru 2012
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) January 1, 2014 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312231 Explosives What’s In This Issue: Meet ATF’s New Director, B. Todd Jones; New Deputy Division Chief; Contingency and Shared Storage; Binary Explosives: Checking Laws; Alternate Identification Markings; Black Powder Lifters; More on Hoods; Underground Storage Reminder; Explosives Disposal; ATF and the Interagency Committee on Explosives; ATF Hosts QRA Workshop; Questions and Answers; Licensee/Permittee Percentages; Licensee/Permittee Population by Type
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) December 1, 2014 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312236 Explosives What’s In This Issue: New Deputy Assistant Director; Explosives in Transit Web Page; Black Powder Open Letter; How to Address a Loss; Pyrotechnic Hobby Fuse Exemption; Seismic Exploration and Geophysical Operation Requirements; Inventories and Records; No. 8 Blasting Caps; Acquiring, Changing, or Discontinuing an Explosives Business; New Publication; ATF Employees Receive ISEE President’s Award
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) August 1, 2015 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312241 Explosives What’s In This Issue:  New Acting Director; New Assistant Director, Enforcement; Programs and Services; New Chief of EIPB; Magazine Identification Program; Less Lethal Devices; Fireworks Reminders; NPRM to Remove Reference Note; Marking and Recording Bulk Explosives; Internal Transfers of Explosives; Plywood, Hardwood and ATF Ruling 76-18; Using Commercial Records Explosives Thefts—2013 thru 2014
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) June 1, 2016 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312246 Explosives What’s In This Issue: New Division Chief; Bomb Threat and Suspicious Package Publication; Transfer of Unmarked Explosive Materials; Nitrocellulose; Storage in Trailers; Type 2 Magazine Floors and Roofs; Highways; Marijuana Use and Prohibited Persons; Background Investigation and Denial; Lost, Stolen or Destroyed IPECs; Lists of Authorized Persons; Remote Storage Locations and RPs. Note:   Please see the addenddum issued August 31, 2016
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) August 21, 2016 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312251 Explosives What's In This Issue: Discussion of Nitrocellulose, and attempted to clarify the circumstances under which wetted Nitrocellulose is considered a high explosive under 27 CFR, Part 555.  As with all explosives, ATF’s focus is on the potential public safety risks associated with materials that can be misused or diverted to unlawful purposes. 
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) July 1, 2017 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312256 Explosives What's in this issue: Updated Safety and Security Publication; Structures Used for Indoor Storage; Firework Processes and Manufacturing; Distribution Dates; Identification of Explosive Materials; Q&As; How to read an Explosive License or Permit Number; and List of Active Explosives Rulings.  
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) December 1, 2019 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312261 Explosives What's In This Issue: FEID Personnel Changes; ATF Field Division Realignment; 27 CFR Part 555 Technical Changes; Final Rule Creates Part 771; FEL eZ Check; Preventing Explosives Losses; E-Regulations That Work For You; ATF Explosives Detection Canines; New Mailing Address; Final Rule Removes Reference Note; Explosives Violations; Q&As; Licensee/Permitee Population; Submit a Tip; Explosives Thefts
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) February 6, 1979 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312266 Firearms What’s In This Issue: Registered Firearms and Weapons; Examples Of NFA Weapons; Tax To make Or Transfer An A Weapon, By An Individual; Licensed Collectors Of Curios And Relics; Application To Make Or Transfer An NFA Weapon; Storage Of NFA Weapons; Bringing An NFA Weapon Into The United States; Turning In An Unregistered NFA Weapon; The 1968 Amnesty Period; Penalties
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) June 1, 1980 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312271 Firearms What’s In This Issue: The Director's Column; Curios, Relics Classification Expanded; Stolen Guns Threaten Everyone; News You Can Use
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) January 1, 1983 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312276 Firearms What’s In This Issue: A Message to the FFL from Stephen Higgins Director of ATF; Firearms License Streamlined; Firearms Seminars Look Like a Hit; .22 Caliber Rimfire Ammunition Records Eliminated; Black Powder Form Eliminated; Three Firearms Defined As Machineguns; New Organization Office of Regulatory Enforcement; ATF Spotlights; ATF Reorganization
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) June 1, 1983 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312281 Firearms What’s In This Issue: Gun Show Revisisted; Armed Forces Dual Residency Clarified; YAC STEN MK II Carbine Classified as Machinegun; Remember--It's A Three- Year License Now; Licensee Q's and A's; Court Decisions
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) July 1, 1986 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312286 Firearms What’s In This Issue: An Open Letter to Licensees and Others Concerned from Stephen E. Higgins, Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; President Signs New Gun Law; News You Can Use
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) July 1, 1989 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312291 Firearms What’s In This Issue: ATF Determines Semiautomatic Assualt Rifles Cannot Be Imported Into the United States; Fact Sheet
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) June 1, 1989 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312296 Firearms What’s In This Issue: Out-of-State and Mail Order Sales; "Straw Purchases" of Firearms; Firearms Transaction Records on Title II Transfers; ATF Distribution Center; Armor Piercing Ammuniton Update; Change of Control; Form 4473 Omissions and Discrepancies; Sales to Underaged Persons; Speical Occupational Tax; ATF Identification Numbers; Permit to Carry Concealed Weapons; Assault Rifles; Gun Show Guidelines
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) January 1, 1990 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312301 Firearms What’s In This Issue: Facsimile Transmitted Copies of Forms and Other Documents; FFL Toll-Free Information; Sales Agents; Out-of-State FFLs; Falsified Federal Firearms Licenses; Manufacturer's Annual Report Form 4483-A; Letters to the Editor
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) June 1, 1990 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312306 Firearms What’s In This Issue: MP-83 and MP-22 Pistols; Machinegun Ban Upheld by U.S. Court of Appeals in Farmer v. Higgins; Florida Convictions; Firearms Regulations Upheld by U.S. Court of Appeals in NRA v. Brady; Firearms and Explosives Division Personnel Changes; Compliance Inspection Problems; Certified Copies of Licenses; Excise Tax- Update; Gun Show Guidelines; Permit to Carry Conealed Weapons; Intratec Recall TEC-22 "Scorpion"; Letters to the Editor
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) January 1, 1991 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312311 Firearms What’s In This Issue: Excise Tax; Multiple Sales Reports; License Revocations; Crime Control Act of 1990; Repairs of NFA Weapons; Discontinuance of Business - Chain Store Operations; Change or Correction of License; Transfers of National Firearms Act Firearms; Discontinuance of Operations as an NFA Dealer, Manufacturer, or Importer; Change in Business Structure as an NFA Dealer, Manufacturer or Importer; Bureau Headquarters Move; Compliance Inspection Program; FFL Advisory
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) January 1, 1992 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312316 Firearms What’s In This Issue:"Straw Purchases" of Firearms; Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax- History of the Pittman- Robertson Act; Payment of Excise Taxes by Gunsmiths; Registration for Tax-Free Sales; Customer's Tax Liability for Reloaded Ammunition; Transfer or Duplication of Serial Numbers on NFA Firearms; California Law Change Advisory; markings on Firearms; Storage of NFA Firearms; Sales of Firearms to Law Enforcement Officers; Supreme Court Rules on Thompson/Center Arms Case
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) January 1, 1992 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312321 Firearms What's In This Issue: Manufacturer's Annual Report Form 4483-A; Change of Address; Extension of Terms on Import Permits; Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax; Firearms Sales to Canadian Citizens; Renewal of Your License; List of Armor Piercing Ammunition
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) September 1, 1995 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312326 Firearms What's In This Issue: Streamlined Application Process; New Publications; New Faces; Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act Temporary Regulations; Firearms Theft; Restraining Orders; Law Enforcement Sales; Before You Move; Final Brady Regulations; Multiple Sales Reports; No Import Permits to Armscor; Licensing Telephone; Restoration of Federal Firearms Privileges; Industry Meetings; SHOT Show
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) August 1, 1996 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312331 Firearms What’s In This Issue: Brady; The Net; New Faces; Address Changes; Improving Firearms Security; Fingerprints; Letters of Authorization; Classification of Gas/Flare Guns with Anti-Personnel Ammunition as Destructive Devices; Processing Applications and Notices Associated with National Firearms Act Weapons Transactions; ATF Distribution Center; Gun Shows; All Dealers Must Display Licenses
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) August 1, 1997 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312336 Firearms What’s In This Issue: Legislative Issues; New Residency Requirements for Purchasers; Licensee Notification; Assault Weapon Receivers; Governmental Exemption to Semiautomatic Weapon Ban; Importation of Machineguns; Transfer of Registered NFA Weapons in Decedent's Estate; Retention of Machineguns by Licensees Who Discontinue Business; Going Out of Business; Wallet Guns; Improving Security; ATF's Stolen Firearms Program
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) August 1, 1998 February 28, 2020 DOJ-1312341 Firearms What’s In This Issue: NICS; New Firearms Transaction Record; Reporting Multiple Sales or Other Dispositions of Pistols and Revolvers; Firearms Sales to Foreign Nationals; Age Restriction Reminder; Resolution of Modern Muzzle Loading Court Case; NFA Information; Limited to Use as Sales Sample; Importing Information; Restricted Registration- Possession limited to to continued compliance with provisions of Public Law 99-308;

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