Acquiring an item with no known origin

Before you acquire this item every effort should be made to figure out where it came from. That includes contacting your Distributors, Manufactures, Transferor’s, Employees, Ex-Employees, and anyone else you can think of. Acquiring an Item as “Found in inventory” is awful, and not recommended. This could result in violations or administrative action against your license (warning letters, warning conferences, denied renewals, or revocations).

If you’ve exhausted all of the available options and you are still unable to determine where the item came from you can Acquire the item as “Found in inventory”.

This should be the very last resort.


It is recommended that you put a Note saying you found this Item and the efforts that you put into trying to find it’s original source. When the ATF has questions about this Item this Note will help to remind you of your efforts.