How to Fight an FFL Revocation
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How to Fight an FFL Revocation

Is the ATF revoking your FFL license? Not so fast... If you’re facing FFL revocation, don’t surrender your license; you have options. FFL Expert provides services across the nation and understands your legal options better than anyone else.

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Nationwide Support for FFLs Facing ATF Revocation

You have the right to bear arms and the right to an appeal. FFL Expert supports FFL business owners facing ATF revocation. From form 4473 mistakes to maintaining compliance, we safeguard your business and protect your right to the lawful ownership and use of firearms.

  • Legal and regulatory support
  • Assistance with compliance audits
  • Risk assessments
  • Regulatory filings
  • Representation/advocacy for appeals and negotiations
  • Litigation support

You have 60 days to file an appeal

No one knows the ATF revocation process better than FFL Expert. The ATF revocation process is governed by several laws, the most important being Title 27 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 478 (27 CFR 478). While you have 60 days to file an appeal, you need to take action before then.

  1. ATF Form 4500 Received

    A notice of revocation is sent via ATF Form 4500. The basis for revocation and the cited violations are included. When ATF Form 4500 is received, immediately hire a revocation expert.

  2. A Hearing with the Director of Industry Operations 

    The next step is to request a hearing with the Director of Industry Operations (DIO). A crucial mistake made by FFLs is not requesting a hearing with the DIO within 15 days. 

    At this time, you are allowed attorney representation. FFL Expert organizes documentation to address your violations and often includes employees for supporting evidence. If you choose to forgo representation, you’ll be facing the ATF counsel and industry operations investigators (IOIs) alone.

    The hearing is your first chance to fight FFL revocation. You have the right to understand the violations brought against you and the right to fight each accusation. Based on the evidence, testimony and exhibits presented, the DIO decides how to proceed.

    *ATF revocation can be resolved during this step. FFL Expert has done it.

  3. Final Notice of Revocation

    If the DIO proceeds with revocation after the requested hearing, you will be sent ATF Form 5300.13, the final notice of revocation. The form contains a summary of findings and legal conclusions.

  4. File A Petition for Judicial Review in Federal Court

    At this point, you have 60 days following the receipt of final notice to appeal the revocation. You must file with the U.S. District Court where you reside/where your business is located. With strong representation, you can request to continue operations during the appeal process.

Fight ATF revocation with FFL Expert

Fighting ATF revocation is daunting and stressful when you go it alone. Our business is specialized in this process and helps FFL holders navigate this tricky, legally complex procedure. FFL Expert will get you the best possible outcome personally and for your business.

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