Federal department names are like a big bowl of alphabet soup. If you are new to the firearms industry, you may be wondering what all these acronyms are and what they mean to you. Read on for a primer that clears up the alphabet soup for this industry.

ATF – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives: The ATF is the body in charge of administering laws and regulations related to firearms. Also known as BATF.

TTB – Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau: Responsibility for the regulation of alcohol and tobacco was transferred to this new organization in 2003, leaving the ATF responsible for firearms and explosives.

DOJ – Department of Justice: The federal executive department responsible for the enforcement of laws in the US. This department includes the ATF, FBI and DEA.

DOD – Department of Defense: The executive branch department of the federal government which has jurisdiction over explosives when they are in use by the military or on behalf of the military.

DOT – Department of Transportation: This agency has jurisdiction over hazardous materials (including explosives) while they are in transit.

DDTC – Directorate of Defense Trade Controls: This organization within the US Department of State is responsible for enforcing the ITAR.

ITAR – International Traffic in Arms Regulations: A US regulatory regime that restricts and controls the export of defense and military related technologies.

NFA – National Firearms Act: An act to provide for the taxation of manufacturers, importers, and dealers in certain firearms and machine guns, taxes the sale and disposal of weapons, restricts importation, and regulates interstate trade.

GCA – Gun Control Act of 1968: An act that regulates interstate commerce of firearms among manufacturers, dealers and importers. This act requires those who wish to manufacture or deal in firearms need to become licensed.

FFL – Federal Firearms Licensee: A person or organization that has been licensed to manufacture or deal in firearms.

FEL – Federal Explosives Licensee: A person or organization that has been licensed to manufacture or deal in explosives.

SOT – Special Occupational Tax: In order to sell or transfer NFA items, FFLs are required to file and annually pay the SOT.

OMB – Office of Management and Budget: OMB control numbers are assigned to paperwork required by the federal government including the ATF. Information collection requirements that are not mandated by statute must be assigned control numbers by OMB in order to be enforceable.

A&D – Acquisition and Disposition: Shorthand for the process of recording, selling, and disposing of firearms.

IOI – Industry Operations Investigator: This person is an employee of the ATF whose duties include performing FFL audits and will want information from your A&D bound book.

DIO – Director of Industry Operations: An employee of the ATF who manages one of the ATF’s 25 field divisions and is responsible for the IOI. This person has the authority to revoke an FFL’s license.

We hope this clears things up. If you have any questions about how to accurately follow ATF bound book regulations, contact BASM about Easy Bound Book.