Director of ATF May Now Deny, Suspend, or Revoke Federal Firearms Licenses
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of Justice is amending the regulations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to delegate to the Director of ATF the authority to serve as the deciding official regarding the denial, suspension, or revocation of federal firearms licenses, or the imposition of a civil fine.
The director will have the flexibility to delegate to another ATF official the authority to decide a revocation or denial matter, or may exercise that authority himself.
Whenever the Director of Industry Operations (DIO) has reason to believe that an applicant is not qualified to receive a license, he may issue a notice of denial on ATF Form 4498 to the applicant. The notice will set forth the matters of fact and law relied upon in determining that the application should be denied, and will afford the applicant 15 days from the date of receipt of the notice in which to request a hearing to review the denial.
If no request for a hearing is filed within such time, the application will be disapproved.
An applicant who has been denied an original or renewal license can file a request with the DIO for a hearing to review the denial of the application. On conclusion of the hearing and after consideration of all relevant facts and circumstances presented by the applicant or his representative, the DIO renders a decision confirming or reversing the denial of the application.
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