Federal Firearms Licensees (FFL) Newsletter - July 2017

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Federal Firearms Licensees (FFL) Newsletter - July 2017


Check out the July 2017 edition of the Firearms Industry Newsletter. This edition includes the following articles: Announcement - ATF stands up the National Firearms Act (NFA) Division; Firearm Thefts & Burglaries; Burglary and Robbery Statistics; ATF Ruling 2016-1; ATF Ruling 2016-2; ATF Ruling 2016-3; ATF Ruling 2016-5; Revised ATF form 4473 (Firearms Transaction Record); and so much more.

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Announcement - ATF stands up the National Firearms Act (NFA) Division

ATF is pleased to announce the elevation of the NFA Branch to the National Firearms Act Division effective April 3, 2017. The Division will be led by Division Chief Alphonso Hughes, the previous Chief of the Firearms and Explosives Services Division in Martinsburg, West Virginia. The new division, consisting of two branches – the Industry Processing Branch (IPB) and the Government Support Branch (GSB) remains an integral part of the Office of Enforcement Programs and Services.


Firearm Thefts & Burglaries

Robberies and burglaries of firearms from FFLs continue to be a serious threat to public safety. Each year thousands of firearms are stolen from FFLs, and FFL burglaries are on the rise.


ATF Ruling 2016-1: Electronic A&D Records

On April 29, 2016, ATF Acting Director Thomas E. Brandon signed ATF Ruling 2016-1 (“Ruling”). The Ruling authorizes licensed importers, licensed manufacturers, licensed dealers, and licensed collectors to maintain their firearms acquisition and disposition records electronically instead of in paper format provided the conditions set forth in the Ruling are met. This Ruling supersedes ATF Ruling 2013-5, Requirements to Keep Firearms Acquisition and Disposition Records Electronically.


ATF Ruling 2016-2

Acting Director Brandon also signed ATF Ruling 2016-2 (Ruling) on April 29, 2016. The Ruling supersedes ATF Ruling 2008-3 and authorizes licensees to use an electronic version of ATF Form 4473 provided certain conditions are met (e-Form 4473).


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