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Update on ATF's 'Final Rule,' and Biden/DOJ 'Zero Tolerance' Policy

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Description

It is now more critical than ever for firearm retailers and manufacturer FFLs, to maintain complete, accurate and timely processes and records.

As a business operating within the Firearm Industry, you are likely well aware of recently announced regulatory requirements, including ATF’s new frame and receiver ruling and changes to FFL recordkeeping obligations (ATF Final Rule 2021R-05F). Additionally, while the publicity surrounding the Biden Administration's "Zero Tolerance" policy has appeared to be directed against retail FFLs, this directive also applies directly to firearm manufacturers.

In this session, NSSF Compliance Team Members Harry McCabe and Wally Nelson, both retired ATF Deputy Assistant Directors with a combined 80 years of ATF experience, will begin with a review of the ATF regulatory requirements that all FFLs should know to help avoid getting stung by a "Zero Tolerance" inspection. The duo will then provide an assessment and guidance for what we know so far about the new marking requirements for so-called “ghost guns” and expanded rules for Records Retention, including important dates and deadlines to mark on your calendars and resources to gather to help you comply in a timely manner.

Contributors

  • Harry McCabe

    Harry retired from ATF June 30, 2012, after more than 36 years of service. He began his career as an Inspector in Raleigh, NC; and he conducted numerous firearms and explosives inspections in both North and South Carolina until being transferred to Bureau Headquarters in 1983. During his career, Harry was Area Supervisor in Detroit and a branch chief in Headquarters. In 1998, he became Director, Industry Operations of the Nashville Field Division where, for 12 years he directed all of the firearms inspection activities in Tennessee and Alabama. During that 12-year period, Harry oversaw more than 5,000 firearms qualification and compliance inspections and conducted approximately 50 firearms industry educational seminars. In 2010, Harry became Deputy Assistant Director for Field Operations where he was responsible for the entire firearms regulatory policy and inspection program nationwide.

  • Wally Nelson

    Wally is a retired ATF Deputy Assistant Director with 30+ years of ATF experience. As DAD, he directed all regulatory firearms programs including: The development and monitoring of firearms inspection programs, licensing, NFA, imports, tracing and regulations, as well as the firearms technology branch. He retired from ATF in October 2005. For the last 6 years, Wally has brought his expertise in firearms laws and regulations to firearms industry members as a private consultant. As a consultant he has conducted FFL site visits to review required records and sample firearms inventories. He has also, provided employee training, helped to develop compliance plans and assisted FFLs of all types and sizes with ATF compliance and licensing issues.