ATF Form 3311.4 "Application for Alternate Means of Identification of Firearm(S) (Marking Variance)"

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OMB No. 1140-0104 (07/31/2023)
U.S. Department of Justice
Application for Alternate Means of Identification
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
of Firearm(s) (Marking Variance)
Purpose
For ATF Use Only
Date Received:
Licensed manufacturers and importers are required to mark firearms manufactured or imported with specific
identifying information. This information is set forth in 18 U. S.C. 923(i); 26 U.S.C. 5842; 27 CFR 478.92 and
479.102. However, ATF may authorize other means of identification (“marking variance”) upon receipt of a let-
Marking Variance Number:
ter application from a licensed manufacturer or importer showing that such other identification is reasonable and
will not hinder the effective adminstration of the law. This form will satisfy the requirements of a letter
application.
Section I - Manufacturer/Importer Marking the Firearm
(This information must be the same as printed on the Federal firearms license for Items 1-6.)
1. Federal Firearms Licensee Number (Complete 15-digit Number)
2. Expiration Date (MM/DD/YYYY)
3. Name of Licensee
4. Trade Name, if any
5. Premises Address (Number, Street, City, State, Zip Code)
6. Mailing Address (If different from address in Item 5)
7. Name of Responsible Person (Last, First, Middle)
8. Title of Responsible Person
9. Business Phone Number
10. E-Mail Address
Section II - Manufacturer/Importer Identified on the Firearm
(This information must be the same as printed on the Federal firearms license for Items 11-16.)
11. Federal Firearms Licensee Number (Complete 15-digit Number)
12. Expiration Date (MM/DD/YYYY)
13. Name of Licensee
14. Trade Name, if any
15. Premises Address (Number, Street, City, State, ZIP Code)
16. Mailing Address (If different from address in Item 15)
17. Name of Responsible Person (Last, First, Middle)
18. Title of Responsible Person
19. Business Phone Number
20. E-Mail Address
Section III - Manufacturing/Importation Process
(If additional space is necessary, provide this information on a separate sheet.)
21. Describe the manufacturing/importation process to be completed by each licensee listed on this application, to include the shipment or transportation
of firearm(s).
ATF Form 3311. 4
Revised April 2017
OMB No. 1140-0104 (07/31/2023)
U.S. Department of Justice
Application for Alternate Means of Identification
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
of Firearm(s) (Marking Variance)
Purpose
For ATF Use Only
Date Received:
Licensed manufacturers and importers are required to mark firearms manufactured or imported with specific
identifying information. This information is set forth in 18 U. S.C. 923(i); 26 U.S.C. 5842; 27 CFR 478.92 and
479.102. However, ATF may authorize other means of identification (“marking variance”) upon receipt of a let-
Marking Variance Number:
ter application from a licensed manufacturer or importer showing that such other identification is reasonable and
will not hinder the effective adminstration of the law. This form will satisfy the requirements of a letter
application.
Section I - Manufacturer/Importer Marking the Firearm
(This information must be the same as printed on the Federal firearms license for Items 1-6.)
1. Federal Firearms Licensee Number (Complete 15-digit Number)
2. Expiration Date (MM/DD/YYYY)
3. Name of Licensee
4. Trade Name, if any
5. Premises Address (Number, Street, City, State, Zip Code)
6. Mailing Address (If different from address in Item 5)
7. Name of Responsible Person (Last, First, Middle)
8. Title of Responsible Person
9. Business Phone Number
10. E-Mail Address
Section II - Manufacturer/Importer Identified on the Firearm
(This information must be the same as printed on the Federal firearms license for Items 11-16.)
11. Federal Firearms Licensee Number (Complete 15-digit Number)
12. Expiration Date (MM/DD/YYYY)
13. Name of Licensee
14. Trade Name, if any
15. Premises Address (Number, Street, City, State, ZIP Code)
16. Mailing Address (If different from address in Item 15)
17. Name of Responsible Person (Last, First, Middle)
18. Title of Responsible Person
19. Business Phone Number
20. E-Mail Address
Section III - Manufacturing/Importation Process
(If additional space is necessary, provide this information on a separate sheet.)
21. Describe the manufacturing/importation process to be completed by each licensee listed on this application, to include the shipment or transportation
of firearm(s).
ATF Form 3311. 4
Revised April 2017
Section IV - Firearm Information
(if additional space is necessary, provide this information on a separate sheet)
22. Name or Recognized
23. Model
24. Caliber(s)
25. City
26. State
27. Type
28. Serial Number Range(s)
Abbreviation
(if designated)
or Gauge(s) (if
known)
Section V - Attachment Checklist
(Check and include all that apply)
29. Copy of previously approved marking variance.
30. Power of Attorney, if applicant is not an employee of the manufacturer(s) or importer(s) identified on this application.
31. Copy of Special (Occupational) Tax Stamp for each manufacturer or importer of NFA weapons.
32. Contract/letter from a government agency indicating a need for machineguns. (See Instructions for additional information.)
Section VI - Applicant Certification
Under penalties provided by law, I declare and certify that I am authorized to submit this application, and my responses and attachments hereto are, to
the best of my knowledge and belief, true, correct, and complete. I also certify that I will comply with all conditions as set forth within this application:
Responsible Person as listed in Section I, Item 7
33. Name (Printed)
34. Signature
35. Date
Responsible Person as listed in Section II, Item 17
36. Name (Printed)
37. Signature
38. Date
Section VII - For ATF Use Only
(Please make no entries in this section)
39. This Application Has Been Examined and is- (See explanation of categories provided in the Instructions)
Approved With Conditions
Denied
Returned Without Action
(See standard and any additional conditions)
Withdrawn by Applicant Without Action
No Variance Required
40. Additional Conditions or Comments:
41. Signature of Authorized ATF Official
42. Printed Name and Title of Authorized ATF Official
43. Date
ATF Form 3311. 4
Revised April 2017
Standard Conditions of Approval
If approved, this variance-
(1) applies only to the licensees and firearms as stated on the application. Any deviations or amendments will necessitate a new variance
approval;
(2) must be retained permanently with each licensee’s records of manufacture, importation, or other acquisition;
(3) must be available for examination by any ATF officer, as required by 27 CFR 478.22(c);
(4) requires each licensee to reference this document for all ATF trace requests;
(5) requires that the serial number and other identifying markings be conspicuously placed on the frame or receiver as provided by 27
CFR 478.92(a)(1)(i) and 27 CFR 479.102(a)(1), and the serial number must be comprised of only Roman letters and
Arabic numerals, or solely Arabic numerals, and can include a hyphen;
(6) requires that serial numbers not duplicate serial numbers appearing on any other firearm(s) produced for or by the manufacturer or
importer stated in this application, at any location;
(7) requires that the name of the foreign manufacturer and country in which the firearm was manufactured be marked on the imported
firearms;
(8) does not relieve any applicant of any other requirements under Federal, State, or local law;
(9) may be withdrawn at any time should ATF determine that any applicant has failed to abide by the conditions set forth in this
approval, or this approval results in an increase in cost to the Government; and
(10) may be revised or withdrawn if a statutory change occurs or administrative difficulties arise.
Instructions
General Information
Section IV
Item 22-26: All firearms must be marked in accordance with 27 CFR 478.92 and
An application for a marking variance must be submitted and approved prior
to manufacturing or importing firearms. The requirement of 27 CFR 478.92 and
479.102. Specifically, licensed manufacturers and importers must legibly identify
479.102 are imposed at the time of manufacture or import. ATF cannot retroactively
each firearm manufactured or imported as follows:
approve a marking variance. Licensed manufacturers and importers may contact
ATF for further guidance.
• Name or Recognized Abbreviation;
• Model (if designated);
Subsequent manufacturing processes performed beyond the initial manufacture or
• Caliber or Gauge (if known - see below instruction); and
importation and marking of a firearm are subject to the notification requirements
• City and State (or recognized abbreviation) of the manufacturer
contained in ATF Ruling 2009-5, which, in pertinent part, requires that each licensed
manufacturer desiring not to mark firearms (“non-marking variance”) submit to
or importer identified on the firearm
ATF the information required by the ruling. See ATF Ruling 2009-5 for additional
information.
State the name of the manufacturer or importer, or recognized abbreviation, to be
marked on the specific model of firearm. The name must be exactly how it appears
Certain manufacturing processes performed by licensed dealer-gunsmiths fall under
on the Federal firearms license or listed with the Federal Firearms Licensing Center
the purview of ATF Ruling 2010-10. See ATF Ruling 2010-10 for additional infor-
(FFLC). If the licensee identified on the firearm wishes to use an abbreviated
mation.
business or a trade name, the licensee must notify the FFLC prior to submitting this
application. Contact the FFLC at (866) 662-2750 for further assistance.
A marking variance does not exempt an applicant from the registration, transfer, tax-
ation and other requirements imposed on firearms subject to the National Firearms
A firearm frame or receiver that is not a component part of a complete weapon at
Act (NFA). Please contact the NFA Branch at (304) 616-4500 for further guidance.
the time it is sold, shipped, or otherwise disposed of, must be marked with all of
the required markings provided by 27 CFR 478.92(a)(2) and 479.102(e). However,
Section I and II
the model designation and caliber or gauge may be omitted if that information is
unknown at the time the frame or receiver is marked. If the caliber or gauge is not
Items 1-6 and 11-16: The information provided in these sections must be the same
identified or designated on the firearm, the manufacturer or importer must conspicu-
as printed on the Federal firearms license (FFL) for the manufacturer or importer
ously mark the frame, receiver, barrel, or pistol slide (if applicable) with the actual
marking the firearm (Section I) and for the manufacturer or importer identified on the
caliber/gauge once the caliber or gauge is known.
firearm (Section II).
Items 27: Types of firearms include: pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, receiver, frame,
Items 7-10 and 17-20: Provide the contact information of the responsible persons
and other firearms that are not handguns or long guns (rifles or shotguns), such as
authorized to submit the application on behalf of the businesses.
firearms having a pistol grip that expel a shotgun shell, or National Firearms Act
(NFA) firearms, 26 U.S.C. 5845 (e.g., short-barreled rifle/shotgun, silencer, machine-
A “Responsible Person” is an individual who has the power to direct the applicant’s
gun and “any other weapon”).
management and policies pertaining to firearms. If an individual submitting the
application on behalf of the licensee is not a responsible person on the FFL, the
Item 28: Identify the unique serial number scheme that will be used on the
applicant must submit a Power of Attorney granting this person authority to submit
firearm(s). Serial numbers must not duplicate serial numbers appearing on any other
and/or sign this application. If a licensee wishes to add a responsible person to its
firearms produced for or by the manufacturer or importer stated in this application, at
license, contact the FFLC at (866) 662-2750 for further assistance.
any location. It is permissible to have an open-ended serial number range as long as
the alphanumeric sequencing does not change.
Section III
Section V
Item 21: Describe the manufacturing/importation process to be completed by each
licensee listed on this application and identify where those firearms, to include
This section includes additional documents that may be required to process your ap-
frames or receivers, are shipped and/or transferred.
plication. Check and include all that apply.
Example: Manufacturer A in Dallas, TX, manufactures rifle receivers for Manufac-
Item 32: Machineguns made, manufactured, or imported after May 19, 1986 may
turer B in Denver, CO. Manufacturer A marks the rifle receiver with Manufacturer
only be transferred “to or by” the government. See 18 U.S.C. 922(o). As with
B’s required markings and then returns the firearm back to Manufacturer B for
sales samples however, those licensees authorized as agents for the government
packaging and sale.
may receive machineguns from or transfer machineguns to another Federal firearms
licensee for present or further sale or distribution to the government.
ATF Form 3311. 4
Revised April 2017
Item 39: Explanation of Categories-
Manufacturers may demonstrate that they are acting as an agent of a government
agency if the manufacturer has a government contract naming the manufacturer as
Approved with Conditions - Based upon our consideration of the information that
the vendor for a particular type of machinegun. If the manufacturer will be contract-
you have submitted, ATF finds that your request is reasonable and will not likely
ing out any part of the manufacture of the machineguns, the contract must specifi-
hinder the effective administration of the law and implementing regulations set forth
in 27 CFR 478 and/or 479, subject to the standard conditions and any additional
cally authorize that a subcontractor may receive and possess the machineguns for
this purpose.
conditions set forth in Item 40.
A letter from a government agency expressing a future need for the machineguns
Denied - Based upon ATF’s consideration of the information that you submitted,
will also suffice as evidence that a particular manufacturer is acting as an agent of
ATF finds that your request is unreasonable and/or will hinder the effective admin-
istration of the law and implementing regulations as set forth in 27 CFR 478 and/
the government for purposes of 18 U.S.C. 922(o). The letter must be on official
government letterhead signed and dated by an authorized government official with
or 479.
his or her title and position. The official request must include the following three(3)
statements to document government approva1:
Withdrawn by Applicant Without Action - The applicant has voluntarily withdrawn
its application and no further action was taken by ATF.
1.
The firearms to be transferred are machineguns as defined by Federal law
(i.e., the Gun Control Act (GCA) and/or NFA).
Returned Without Action - The application was returned by ATF to the applicant(s)
2.
The machineguns to be transferred are particularly suitable for official use
due to insufficient information or other deficiency with regard to the application.
by the requesting Federal, State, or local government agency; and
3.
The Federal, State, or local government agency requests and authorizes the
No Variance Required - The applicant(s) were not required to submit this applica-
tion for the business process described.
manufacturer to transfer the machineguns to and/or from other licensed
manufacturers for further manufacturing or stockpiling, as the case may be,
Submission
for that agency.
A manufacturer wishing to transfer machineguns under government authority must
The application should be submitted approximately 90 days prior to the intended
manufacture. The application may be submitted electronically (preferred method) to
attach the specific government contract or official written request to the transfer ap-
marking_variances@atf.gov or by fax at (304) 616-4301. The application may also
plication submitted to the NFA Branch and receive ATF approval before making the
transfer. Moreover, to ensure that the transfer of any machineguns included in your
be mailed to:
proposed marking variance request is in compliance with the law, ATF must receive
this same information prior to approving the request.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
244 Needy Road
Suite 1600
Section VI
Martinsburg, WV 25405
Items 33-38: A “Responsible Person” for both licensees must sign and date the ap-
Attention: Firearms Technology Industry Services Branch
plication prior to submission; however, either licensee may submit upon completion.
Any questions concerning the application should be referred to the Firearms
See instructions for Section I and II with regard to responsible persons. Electronic
Technology Industry Services Branch at the above e-mail address, mailing address,
signatures are permissible so long as they are true and accurate.
or by telephone (304) 616-4300.
Section VII
Forms
Additional Forms are available on the ATF website at:
The Director will approve the application or advise the applicant(s) of the reason
for the denial. In some cases, it may be necessary to request additional information.
www.atf.gov/forms/firearms/index.html.
Electronic signatures are permissible so long as they are true and accurate.
You may also order the forms from the ATF Distribution Center at
www.atf.gov/content/distribution-center-order-form or by telephone
(202) 648-6420.
Privacy Act Information
The following information is provided pursuant to Section 3 of the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a(e)(3)).
1. Authority. Solicitation of this information is authorized pursuant to the Gun Control Act of 1968, as amended, 18 U.S.C. 923(i) and 926(a), the
National Firearms Act, 26 U.S.C. 5842, and their implementing regulations, 27 CFR 478.92(a)(4)(i) and 479.102(c). Disclosure of this information
is mandatory if the applicant wishes to obtain an alternate means of identification (marking variance).
2. Purpose. To determine the eligibility of a licensed manufacturer or importer to mark firearms with identifying information in a manner other than as
prescribed by Federal regulations, 27 CFR 478.92 and/or 27 CFR 479.102, when applicable.
3. Routine Uses. The information will be used by ATF to make determinations set forth in paragraph 2. In addition, information may be disclosed to other
Federal, State, foreign and local law enforcement and regulatory agency pesonnel to verify information on the application and to aid in the performance of
their duties with respect to the enforcement and regulation of firearms and/or ammunition where such disclosure is not prohibited by law. The information
may further be disclosed to the Justice Department if it appears that the furnishing of false information may constitute a violation of Federal law. Finally, the
information may be disclosed to members of the public in order to verify the information on the application when such disclosure is not prohibited by law.
4. Effects. Failure to supply complete information will delay or prevent processing, and may result in application denial or return of the application without
action.
Paperwork Reduction Act Notice
This application is in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The purpose of this information collection is to allow ATF to determine if the information
supplied on the application and attachments qualify a licensed manufacturer or importer to receive a marking variance from the firearm identification provisions of 27 CFR
478.92 and/or 479.102 when applicable.
The estimated average burden associated with this collection of information is 30 minutes per respondent or recordkeeper, depending on individual circumstances. Com-
ments concerning the accuracy of this burden estimate and suggestions for reducing this burden should be addressed to the Report Management Officer, Information Technol-
ogy Coordination Staff, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, 99 New York Avenue NE, Washington, DC. 20226.
An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Con-
fidentiality is not assured.
ATF Form 3311. 4
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