ATF Revising Firearms Regulations

Today the Attorney General William P. Barr filed a FINAL RULE to be published in the Federal Register on April 1, 2019. The Final Rule revises the regulations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) contained in Parts 478 and 479 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

The revisions to Part 478 primarily deal with housekeeping matters in the ATF regulations. The provisions in Part 478 that implemented portions of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban (“AWB”) which expired in 2004 are finally being removed from the CFR. That they remained in the CFR following expiration of the AWB was a continuing source of confusion for many in the industry. Specifically, the following sections or paragraphs are being removed (all references to 27 CFR); 478.40, 478.40a, 478.57(b), 478.57(c), 478.92(a)(3), 478.92(c), 478.119, 478.132, 478.153. The following sections are amended to remove language that pertained to the AWB (all references to 27 CFR); 478.116 and 478.171.

The revisions to the NFA regulations in Part 479 remove paragraphs (a) and (c) of 27 CFR 479.32. This was another housekeeping matter and removes unnecessary provisions that dealt with the restructuring of the SOT fees that occurred January 1, 1988.

Read the full ruling here.2019-06264