Category: ATF

Articles related to working with the Bureau of Alcohol. Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) – including licensing, rules, guidelines, etc.

Rapid Fire Devices

Legality of Rapid-Fire Devices – Not Machine Guns nor Fully Automatic

With the recent horrible shooting event in Las Vegas, Nevada, where 59 people were murdered and hundreds more were injured, the question about whether the shooter actually used a full-automatic machine gun has been popular. I may have inadvertently started this debate. When I first learned of the attack this morning, I saw a video […]

Prohibited Persons

Prohibited Persons / Firearm Possession [2022]

“Prohibited persons” may not possess firearms or ammunition. It is also unlawful to knowingly give a prohibited person firearms or ammunition. Those restrictions seem straight-forward, but there are unique definitions and exceptions that apply. These details should be understood so that you know exactly who is a prohibited person and precisely what they are prohibited […]

FFL - PRIVATE FIREARM TRANSFERS 2017-1 ATF

ATF Procedure 2017-1 – Private Firearm Transfers Through FFLs

Recently the ATF published Procedure 2017-1 (not ATF Ruling 2017-1). ATF Procedure 2017-1 “set[s] forth the record-keeping and National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) procedures for a Federal firearms licensee (FFL) who facilitates the transfer of firearms between private unlicensed individuals.” In this article, we’re going to cover: Basic Background and Requirements for Private […]

ATF 2017 Statistics - FFL & SOT

FFL License, Application, SOT, and Inspection Statistics

Welcome to the mother-load of ATF-related data on FFL Applications and Inspections statistics! Each year the ATF publishes a report that includes data on the number of firearms in commerce (made, exported, and imported) and statistics on NFA firearms (forms, revenue, and distribution) and FFLs (applications and inspections. In the ATF’s Firearms Commerce in the […]

2017 NFA Firearms Stats

NFA Firearms, Forms, and Revenue Statistics

Welcome to the mother-load of ATF-related data on NFA firearms! Each year the ATF publishes a report that includes data on the number of firearms in commerce (made, exported, and imported) and statistics on NFA firearms (forms, revenue, and distribution) and FFLs (applications and inspections. In the ATF’s Firearms Commerce in the United States Annual […]

ATF 2017 Firearm Stats - Commerce

ATF Firearm Manufacture, Export, and Import Statistics [2017]

Welcome to the mother-load of ATF-related data on firearms in commerce! Each year the ATF publishes a report that includes data on the number of firearms in commerce (made, exported, and imported) and statistics on NFA firearms (forms, revenue, and distribution) and FFLs (applications and inspections. In the ATF’s Firearms Commerce in the United States […]

July 2017 ATF Newsletter

ATF’s FFL Newsletter – July 2017

The ATF just released their July 2017 newsletter. These ATF newsletters are periodically released to help update the firearms industry on internal ATF news, as well as clarify and/or explain recent ATF rulings. This newsletter covered: Announcement – ATF stands up the National Firearms Act (NFA) Division Firearm Thefts & Burglaries Burglary and Robbery Statistics […]

Record Retention Guide

How Long do FFLs Need to Keep Their Records?

How long do FFLs need to keep their records? As an attorney specializing in ATF compliance for FFLs, this is a fairly common question I receive. Unfortunately, the simplest answer I have is a common answer from attorneys: “It depends.”  The duration for each ATF record that you need to keep as a Federal Firearms […]

e4473 Form

New 4473 eForm Available from ATF

The ATF revised the Form 4473 most recently in October 2016, and the new 4473 was required to be used starting on January 16, 2017. 4473 Paper Copies Unfortunately, the ATF shut off their eForm 4473 software because they didn’t update it in time for the new requirement – this meant that FFLs were required […]

PISTOL ARM BRACE REVERSAL

Minnesota Handgun Carry Permit Now Alternative to NICS Background Check

The Minnesota Handgun Carry Permit has just been approved by the ATF as an alternative to the normally required FBI NICS background check prior to the transfer of a firearm from an FFL to a customer. As of this week, Minnesota Handgun Carry Permits with expiration dates of Aug. 1, 2019 and later qualify as […]

ATF Theft Loss Report

ATF Theft/Loss Report – 2016

ATF’s Theft/Loss Report The ATF just released their report of FFL firearm thefts and losses from 2016. The ATF report shows that Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) reported the following in 2016: Total firearms lost/stolen: 18,394 Total firearms stolen: 9,281 Total firearms lost: 9,113 Compared to the ATF’s 2015 Theft/Loss report, that’s a 124% increase in […]

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ATF’s “Options to Reduce or Modify Firearms Regulations” plan leaked.

Options to Reduce or Modify Firearms Regulations White Paper (Not for public distribution) Ronald TurkAssociate Deputy Director (Chief Operating Officer) Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) 20 Jan 2017 “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall […]

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