Sunday, July 8, 2012

Non-immigrant aliens -- change in ATF definitions

As of July 9, 2012,  ATF  has changed the definition  of a non-immigrant alien to conform to instructions from the Department of Justice.   The new definition defines a "non-immigrant alien" as only those aliens entering the United States on a "non-immigrant visa".   Thus,  any other alien who comes in on a program such as the Visa Waiver Program -- are not "non-immigrant aliens" nor  "prohibited" persons -- although they still must be residents of a State in order to purchase or obtain a firearm in that State.  The 90 day residency period has also been eliminated.   I will be doing a more detailed analysis in the next week or so, and will also update the update.