The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) enforces federal laws and regulations related to alcohol, tobacco, firearms, explosives, and arson. The current Acting Director of the ATF is Marvin Richardson.
ATF works in cooperation with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
Under certain circumstances, ATF agents have the authority to seize and forfeit firearms, ammunition, explosives, alcohol, tobacco, currency, conveyances, and certain real property involved in violation of the law.
Attorney for ATF Investigations
The attorneys at Sammis Law Firm represent clients during ATF investigations. The cases might involve the execution of a search warrant or criminal allegations.
We also represent clients during criminal or civil asset forfeiture proceedings regarding the seizure of firearms or other property by ATF agents.
We also represent FFLs accused of violating federal firearm laws and regulations, including the implementing regulations of the Gun Control Act (GCA).
What Types of Firearms are Illegal under Federal Law?
Different types of firearms are illegal under Federal law including:
- A stolen firearm;
- A firearm with an obliterated serial number;
- A silencer or destructive device;
- A shotgun with a barrel length less than 18 inches or an overall length that is less than 26 inches;
- A rifle with a barrel length less than 16 inches or the overall legth is less than 26 inches;
- Machine guns;
- A firearm not detectable by a walk-through metal detector;
- A firearm unlawfully imported into the United States.
Types of Firearm Crimes under Federal Law
Other commonly prosecuted firearm crimes under federal law include:
- 18 USC Section 922 (d) Providing a firearm or ammunition knowing the transferee is a prohibited person;
- 18 USC Section 924 (a)(1)(A) Knowingly making a false statement to a licensed firearms dealer;
- 18 USC Section 1001 or 922(m) Failure of a licensed firearms dealer to maintain required records;
- 18 USC Section 922 (j) Knowing possession of a stolen firearm;
- 18 USC Section 922 (k) Possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number;
- 18 USC Section 922 (o) Possession of a machine gun;
- 18 USC Section 922 (v) Transfer of a handgun or handgun ammunition to a juvenile;
- 18 USC Section 922 (u) Theft of a firearm from a licensed dealers inventory
This article was last updated on Friday, April 1, 2022.