ATF Guidance on Disaster Preparedness for Federal Firearms Licensees

ATF Disaster Preparedness for Federal Firearms Licensees
ATF Disaster Preparedness for Federal Firearms Licensees
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Washington, DC –-( The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is committed to ensuring public safety by working directly, and through partnerships, to assist licensees in complying with the Federal firearms laws and regulations.

Federal Firearms Licensees should refer to ATF Publication 3317.7 in preparation for potential disasters, such as hurricanes, floods and tornado’s.

The National Weather Service has forecasted that tropical storm Arthur will continue to strengthen and become a hurricane as it takes a northerly, then northeasterly path along the Atlantic coast of the United States.

Federal Firearms Licensee’s should establish a disaster preparedness plan, to safeguard your business by protecting firearms, ammunition and required records.

If necessary, take precautionary steps by contacting your local ATF field office regarding the removal of firearms and ammunition inventory, as well as ATF Forms 4473, 3310.4 and acquisition & disposition records from the business premises to a safe location.

Disaster Preparedness for Federal Firearms Licensees

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Our Mission: ATF is a unique law enforcement agency in the United State Department of Justice that protects our communities from violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson and bombings, acts of terrorism, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products. We partner with communities, industries, law enforcement, and public safety agencies to safeguard the public we serve through information sharing, training, research and use of technology.

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I’ll bet a month’s pay that no FFL would get a pass if they claimed water damage from a hurricane damaged the hard drive and they “lost” their recent 4473 forms.


How about all government agencies follow their own advice and safe guard their own records and correspondence from potential disasters.


I really like the part about the ATF offering to remove your inventory for you to a safe location for safekeeping ! They will even take your 4473’s and all other customer records ! Yeah,fu*king right !

Wielsucker (@Wielsucker)

Doesn’t say anything about boating accidents….