Inspection Reports by Outcome
The majority of firearms licensees inspected by the ATF receive no penalty. When inspectors do identify violations, they can issue a variety of penalties ranging from a mailed warning letter to revocation of the license. Read on for definitions and data on each of these inspection outcomes.
A final disposition of revocation/denial of renewal means that ATF officials concluded the dealer must lose its license. This requires a determination that the licensee wilfully violated regulations or is otherwise ineligible to remain in business. The licensee will either have their license revoked after a specified period of time, or be unable to renew their license once it expires.
In this database, 56 licensees, or 3 percent of the total, received a final outcome of revocation/denial of renewal.
When a licensee is found to have committed violations that meet the threshold for revocation, an ATF director of industry operations can negotiate a settlement instead, such as a temporary suspension or a fine.
In this database, 6 licensees, or 0.3 percent of the total, received a final outcome of settlement.
A warning conference is held when a licensee has significant or repeat violations. During the conference, an area supervisor offers the licensee specific guidance on how to achieve compliance.
In this database, 83 licensees, or 4 percent of the total, received a final outcome of warning conference.
A warning letter is the least severe action the ATF can take against a licensee with compliance issues. The letter advises the licensee to comply with regulations.
In this database, 1,774 licensees, or 92 percent of the total, received a final outcome of warning letter.
Licensees may opt to voluntary surrender their license and go out of business rather than face a penalty from the ATF. This outcome can occur regardless of the severity of the penalty faced by the licensee.
In this database, 5 licensees, or 0.3 percent of the total, received a final outcome of surrendered/out of business.
The majority of licensees whose violations merit revocation under ATF guidelines ultimately receive a lesser penalty from an ATF director of industry operations. This category includes inspections for which the report indicates that the final outcome was granted in lieu of revocation.
In this database, 82 licensees, or 4 percent of the total, were found eligible for revocation but received a lesser penalty.
Source: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. About the data »