ATF Targeting FFLs for License Revocation

At the direction of the Biden administration, the ATF is revoking the licenses of firearm dealers for even minor paperwork violations. IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -( At the direction of the Biden administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (“ATF”) appears to be revoking the licenses of firearm dealers for even minor paperwork violations.

On June 23, 2021, the “Biden-Harris Administration” announced a new policy of “zero tolerance for rogue gun dealers that willfully violate the law.” The policy further specified that “[a]bsent extraordinary circumstances that would need to be justified to the Director, ATF will seek to revoke the licenses of dealers the first time that they violate federal law . . .” for certain specified violations.

Despite changing decades of agency practice regarding when license revocation is appropriate, this policy was never made available to the public for comment or published in the federal register. It simply appeared on the White House’s website.

Then, last December, ATF updated its Federal Firearms Licensee Quick Reference and Best Practices Guide. The updated guide makes clear that “ATF will, absent extraordinary circumstances, initiate proceedings to revoke the license of any dealer that has committed a willful regulatory violation of the Gun Control Act (GCA) for specified violations.”

The Quick Reference Guide goes on to outline circumstances for revocation.

Absent extraordinary circumstances, ATF will issue a notice of revocation whenever it determines an FFL has willfully committed a single act of one of the following violations:

    1. Transferring a firearm to a prohibited person
    2. Failing to conduct a required background check
    3. Falsifying records, such as a firearms transaction form
    4. Failing to respond to a trace request
    5. Refusing to permit ATF to conduct an inspection

Other willful violations that may result in the issuance of a notice of revocation include but are not limited to failure to:

    1. Account for firearms
    2. Verify and document buyer eligibility
    3. Maintain records needed for successful firearms tracing
    4. Report multiple sales of handguns

While some of these may be serious violations that warrant revocation, many will be simple paperwork errors. Notably, “falsifying records” is a very broad category that can include making simple errors on Form 4473, and “failing to respond to a trace request” could result from simply missing an attempted contact by ATF.

The new “zero tolerance” policy has a clear aim of reducing the number of federally licensed dealers, which will in turn make it more difficult for law-abiding Americans to exercise their Second Amendment rights.

If you are a licensed dealer, and you believe that you have been targeted under the Biden Administration’s new policy, please contact NRA at [email protected].

About NRA-ILA:

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess, and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit:

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Deplorable Bill

The atfe would be looked at fondly, enthusiastically and proudly by the gestapo, the stazi, isis, taliban, king George and his parliament, whatever means china uses and the fsb because they also have the same goals and mindset; Absolute tyranny to effect the total disarmament of a free people in order to produce slavery and “national cleansing.” We all know where this leads, it’s part of the reasons why America became a nation in the first place, it’s part of the reasoning as to why we fought WW-2, Korea, Nam, the cold war etc. Thus, the atfe should be disbanded,… Read more »

Glypto Dropem

I’m waiting for my C&R to be revoked for my, shall we say… contrary government views.


more attacks from an agency that should not exist !


Attacks from a president that should not exist

AZ Lefty

Sorry Russia Lover your paid for idiot Trump llost


There is word hole and you dig yourself deeper into one with disrespectful comments. have a wonderful day

Henry Bowman

Keep it up, AZhole, I called the gene police on you.

Wild Bill

That is hilarious.

J Gibbons

But it took Twitter banning him, Fauci going off the rails, the media knowingly lying about the Hunter Biden emails, states and cities breaking their own election laws because “COVID” and numerous other irregularities. Imagine if the playing field had been fair and equitable…


It has never been fair and equitable. It has just gotten MORE UNFAIR and MORE inequitable.


Cheating doesn’t make the “winner” a winner.


Great, that’s just what this country needs is for more law abiding citizens to lose their livelihood.


Boiling the frog…


These miscreants should take this as a suggestion!
“An armed society is a polite society manners are good when one may have to back up their actions with their life!”
From ‘Beyond This Horizon’ by Robert A. Heinlein 1942


Something Wicked this way Comes?


jeeperscreepers, whod a ever thought the atf would revoke ffls ? Why does anyone need an FFL in the first place ? Its just a means of government control. The day is coming when there will only be a very few FFl holders , then none but the Government itself. Thatl work , right ?

Wild Bill

The official story: Congress sought to control the firearms part of American interstate commerce. So Congress used their authority to control interstate commerce as the basis for the Gun Control Act.


If a FFL Gun Shop Owner IS doing something ILLEGAL Fine! But stop looking for the Little Things That don’t HARM ANYONE! you atf guys Act LIKE BULLIES !Remember who PAYS YOUR SALARIES & BENIFITS !


Ronnie, that’s the problem. We don’t pay their salaries and benefits. The taxes you pay are to make you THINK they need them. They don’t. They run off computer entries and fake printed up paper along with fake debt.


Be prepared


Time for the ATF to be disbanded.


GCA is null and void as it does not pursue the Constitution but works against it

Wild Bill

You are right on brother! Using legislative authority purportedly to do one thing, but in fact the purpose is to achieve something else is called lack of “substantive due process”. A finding that a statute lacks substantive due process renders that part of any so structured statute unconstitutional. The GCA was adjudged “Constitutional” as an expression of Congress’s authority to control a part of U.S. commerce. So why was it entitled the GUN CONTROL act? Because Congress was not trying to control commerce and continues to misuse its authority. The S. Ct. consisted of elitists, who also wanted to reduce… Read more »


Introduced in House (01/04/2021)Hearing Protection Act This was sponsored by 69 republicans This bill removes silencers from the definition of firearms for purposes of the National Firearms Act. It also treats persons acquiring or possessing a firearm silencer as meeting any registration and licensing requirements of such Act. The Department of Justice must destroy certain records relating to the registration, transfer, or making of a silencer. The bill also revises the definitions of firearm silencer and firearm muffler under the federal criminal code and includes such items in the 10% excise tax category. Republican [69] Cosponsors by U.S. State or Territory Georgia [6] Texas [5]… Read more »


that should be revisited and it should be dumped, if you remember the 1968 law came about because the 1934 requirement to register violated the 5th only law abiding people have to register

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Wild Bill

I think that the GCA came about because Bobby Seals and his Black Panthers were parading up and down Pennsylvania Avenue, shouting, “By whatever means necessary!” with loaded shotguns.

Congress did not seek to institute a gun control act after the Kennedy assassinations or the King assassination. Seals made it clear that congressmen were the targets and Congress acted


Wow what happened to building a better America, by putting thousands of people out of business, and on the unemployment line, as well as taking and infringing on your 2nd amendment rights. That doesn’t sound like Building a better America to me. We absolutely need to abolish the ATF & these stupid infringing tyrannical NFA laws as well. Does the constitution not say, we are to be able to have access to the same weapons as a military. Then why have we let all of this go on? and why have we not fought harder to reestablish our rights. I… Read more »


Please take moment
I believe I am never alone as I believe in God and our lord Jesus Christ Remember Jesus is our oldest brother who gave so much for all of us.
I never like to bring religion to any conversation.
Each day is a gift use it well , Tomorrow is not guaranteed Yesterday can not be changed.
Folks here are discussing issues sometimes we don’t get it right and that’s okay.


the are rebuilding the Confederacy, slaves,class separation and all


The BATFE is an Illegal Entity! It should be labeled BATE as the Government is Prohibited from Creating Laws Regulating Firearms!


The Communist Biden Regime has weaponized every federal agency against those it has targeted as working against Bidens agenda. Americans are losing the battle against their liberties and rights because they have demonstrated weakness. Weakness encourages tyranny. Its death by a thousand cuts. Biden is the most dangerous US president in history. Far more than Obama, who was as bad as they get.

Wild Bill

Sadly, true. Who was it that said When the people fear government, there is tyranny. When government fears the people, there is freedom.


Frequently misquoted & misattributed, this nugget of wisdom was actually coined by John Basil Barnhill and first appeared in the Indictment of Socialism, published in 1914.


oddly it is a paraphrase of a an 1825 statement made by jefferson who was known to be long winded in a letter to William Short: “Some are whigs, liberals, democrats, call them what you please. Others are tories, serviles, aristocrats, &c. The latter fear the people, and wish to transfer all power to the higher classes of society; the former consider the people as the safest depository of power in the last resort; they cherish them therefore, and wish to leave in them all the powers to the exercise of which they are competent

Wild Bill

Thank you both.


We are no longer a free people, only in spirit
and that will be our strength against tyranny.
Bidens handlers are dangerous Joe and the Hoe the world is laughing !!!

AZ Lefty

Sad what your Russia has become


Is the AZ for Arizona or AZOLE?


Let me consider that carefully………….
I’m gonna go with AZOLE.

And the judges say – we picked AZOLE too!

Henry Bowman

Gonna have to use the full can on you, commietard!


HEY NRA…NONE OF US HAVE 2nd AMENDMENT “RIGHTS”! We have UNALIENABLE rights guranteed by our willingness to fight for them if need be. The 2nd amendment is a PROHIBITION by those who TAKE THE OATH to follow SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. Like DUH? And FU down voters.


“those who TAKE THE OATH”

The downvoters don’t agree.

They believe this only applies to politicians and that the people who actually enforce the laws are exempt. They believe an enforcer’s oath (or, in many cases, oaths, since a large percentage were previously employed at the Department of Defense) is meaningless and they should not be expected to act in accordance with the Constitution.

They get angry when this is discussed. Their only response is untrue personal attacks, evocation of the Nuremburg defense, deflection, and downvotes.


I agree that every american and every american body of government should follow our constitution. Its all for one and one for all

“Or its nothing at all”

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sadly many in leo community are voting none at all, what they fail to remember after every dictator takes over first heads on block after political opponents are those that helped get power


I agree let’s hope that the democrats wake up to the fact that China does the same to its political allies.
It would not hurt my feelings to see some in washington those elected have to pay the price for being anti american from those they have been sleeping with in China and the Ukraine .


i agree , the fun part would be watching weasels say but I helped you before they were executed


It is becoming pretty obvious you are correct. As a matter of fact I tried to get a local sheriff deputy who is running for Sheriff to go to the Constitutional Sheriff and Peace Officer seminar at MY EXPENSE and he simply said he wasn’t interested. And the inside scoop is that when he was a Highway Police officer, which harasses truckers, one of them had to be in his office and he pointed at his badge and said…”See this, this gives me the right to do whatever I want”. However, his OPPONENT who DID accept my invitation went to… Read more »

AZ Lefty

I see the Russin Trolls are here supporting violent criminals and those who provide them with firearms


How much do they pay you to troll on here?


Let’s start again there is a word Ass which is a donkey then there is a word called Hole which you again are digging for yourself deeper with every false comment. Have wonderful day. Commard


I see the statist is here to support government thugs who extort, harass, rob, assault, murder, and violate rights.


Morality, courage, compassion, politeness, honesty/sincerity, respect, loyalty, character plus self-c Control you lack all of the above


Due Samurai Warriors exist today

The fact is we do.

Honor, courage and discipline. These three qualities are desirable not only for the life dedicated to battle but for existence itself.

Have wonderful day


Comrade, you’re just mad it’s not the USSR. If it was Lenin or Stalin invading you’d be all for it, singing a different tune: L’Internationale.

Henry Bowman

Once again it looks like you STEPPED IN IT without first engaging the belt drive in your head that’s powered by the little hamster on his wheel…

On behalf of everyone who has already replied to your stupid comment,


FOAD! Useless pile of Dog of Dog Waste!


You should learn to pee standing up.


The only way for a violent criminal with a felony record to buy a gun from an FFL is having someone WITHOUT a criminal record buy it for them. AKA an ILLEGAL straw purchase. In that case, the crime is being committed by the person buying the gun, not the seller. A couple that I know were at gun shop to buy the woman’s first gun (neither of them have anything in their background to make them prohibited persons). She didn’t have a Real ID and hadn’t brought a copy of her birth certificate so it was a no go.… Read more »


Understand this…a FELON is someone in a cage. An EX felon is someone who the system has deemed rehabilitated and let back out into society. He/She has the unalienable right to defend themselves by WHATEVER MEANS NECESSARY if they are not committing a crime against someone else. Before the 1968 GCA was passed a bank robber who was caught and imprisoned may have had a pistol on his person and when they were released they had it given back. SO WHAT CHANGED? What makes them any different today? THE UNCONSTITUTIONAL GCA that’s what. No where does it say in the… Read more »


and THAT…. is the first sensible comment youve made in a long while.


“… the crime is being committed by the person buying the gun, not the seller.”

Sorta but not really.

If you KNOWINGLY sell a firearm to a prohibited person, you’re in violation of the law just as much as the buyer is.


I meant that in a straw purchase, the person buying a gun for a prohibited person was the criminal, not the FFL who dutifully does the background check .


Did you remember to wipe after peeing