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***ATF NEWS***

2018 Annual List of Explosive Materials to be Published

Tomorrow, December 12, 2018, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will publish the Annual List of Explosive Materials in the Federal Register. The list covers explosives, blasting agents and detonators, all of which are included in the statutory definition of "explosive materials" (see 18 U.S.C 841(c)). According to ATF, this year's list is substantively unchanged from last year's list. However, the 2018 list corrects the accidental omission of the letter "A" from "ANFO," the acronym for ammonium nitrate-fuel oil. The effective date for the 2018 list will be specified in the official notice (FR Doc. 2018-26856).

It is important to remember that although the list is comprehensive, it is not all-inclusive. Therefore, be sure to regularly consult the statutory definitions in 18 U.S.C. 841 to determine whether your activities are subject to ATF's regulations governing commerce in explosives, 27 C.F.R. Part 555.

The 2018 Annual List of Explosive Materials is available now on the Federal Register website as a public inspection document ( Docket No. 2018R-03) .

II. ATF Announces Discontinuance of Accessory Classifications

Effective immediately, the Firearms Technology Industry Services Branch will no longer issue determinations on how an accessory affects the classification of a firearm under the Gun Control Act or the National Firearms Act, unless the accessory is attached to the submitted firearm. Sample accessory classification requests that are currently pending will be returned without action. It is important to note that this policy does NOT apply to conditional import determinations. For more information, view the full announcement at

The above alert is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be construed or used as legal advice. Receipt of this alert does not establish an attorney-client relationship.     

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