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Definition: "A 'bound book' is a permanently bound book or an orderly arrangement of loose-leaf pages which must be maintained on the business premises. The format must follow that prescribed in the regulations, and the pages must be numbered consecutively." -- 27 C.F.R. 478.121 and 478.125 (2008)

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) requires Federal Firearms License holders to maintain a record book of any guns purchased or sold under the license. This is called a bound book. Like any other FFL-holder, collectors who hold a Curios & Relics Federal Firearms License are also required to maintain a bound book.

Anytime you purchase a C&R weapon, you will need to record it in your bound book. Bound books can be purchased very inexpensively or you can create your own with a three-ring-binder. If you choose to make your own, the following information is required:

  1. Make of gun
  2. Model of gun
  3. Gun’s serial number
  4. Type of weapon (e.g., shotgun, rifle, semi-automatic rifle, etc.)
  5. Ammunition caliber
  6. Name of person or entity from which you bought the gun, their FFL license number (if applicable), their address, and date of purchase
When selling any gun in your C&R collection, you must also maintain a disposition log which includes the following information:
  1. Date sold
  2. FFL number of purchaser (if applicable)
  3. If no FFL, record of the ID you used to confirm the purchasers identity
  4. Purchaser’s date of birth
Also Known As: Acquisition and Disposition Record Book, A & D Bound Book, Firearms Record Book
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