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Industry Circular

Number: 70-4
Date: January 19, 1970

Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Division
Washington, D.C. 20224


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Firearms Licensees Under Title 18, United States Code, Chapter 44 and Others Concerned:

Purpose. The purpose of this circular is to announce additional States having enacted Contiguous State Enabling Legislation relevant to Title 18 U.S.C., Chapter 44 since the publication of information relative to contiguous State purchases contained in "Published Ordinances Firearms", Publication 603 (Rev. 11-69)

Additions to State Law in"Published Ordinances Firearms", Publication 603 (Rev. 11-69)

1. California State Law Continued

West's Ann. Calif. Codes, Penal Code

12570. Purchase in contiguous state; laws applicable. Any person residing in this state may purchase any rifle or shotgun, as defined in the federal Gun Control Act of 1968 (18 U.S.C., Sec. 921 et seq.), in a state contiguous to this state pursuant to paragraph (3), subdivision (b), Section 922 of Title 18 of the United States Code, and in conformance with the rules and regulations prescribed by the Secretary of the Treasury pursuant to the Gun Control Act of 1968. The purchase of any such rifle or shotgun pursuant to this section is also subject to any other applicable laws of this state and all such laws of the contiguous state in which the rifle or shotgun is purchased.

2. Michigan State Law Continued

Michigan Statutes Annotated 1969 Session

4.127(1). Residents purchasing firearms in contiguous states. Residents of this state may purchase rifles and shotguns in any state contiguous thereto if they conform to the federal gun control act of 1968 and the regulations issued thereunder, as administered by the secretary of the treasury and the laws of the state where the purchase is made.

3. Mississippi State Law Continued

Senate Bill No. 1545, Mississippi Legislature 1969 Extraordinary Session, effective October 7, 1969


1. It is declared that it is in the public interest to authorize residents of this State to purchase or otherwise obtain rifles and shotguns in states contiguous to this State in compliance with such other laws of this State or its political subdivisions as may be applicable and in compliance with Section 102 of the Gun Control Act of 1968, Public Law 90-618, 18 U.S.C. 921 et seq.

As used in this act, the term "a state contiguous to this State" shall mean any state with a border touching a border of this State. As used in this act, all other terms shall be given the meaning prescribed in 18 U.S.C. 921 (The Gun Control Act of 1968, Public Law 90-618) and the regulations duly promulgated thereunder as presently enacted or promulgated and as hereinafter modified.

It shall be lawful for a person residing in this State (including a corporation or other business entity maintaining a place of business in this State) to purchase or otherwise obtain a rifle or shotgun in a state contiguous to this State and to receive or transport such rifle or shotgun into this State.

This act shall not apply or be construed to effect in any way the purchase, receipt or transportation of rifles and shotguns by federally licensed firearms manufacturers, importers, dealers or collectors.

2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.

Corrections in "Published Ordinances Firearms", Publication 603 (Rev. 11-69)

Page 1, (16) (B) change "any replica, or any firearm . . ." to any replica of any firearms. . .

Page 19, line 10 change "applicable to interstate transactions. . ." to applicable to intrastate transactions. . .


Harold Serr

Harold A. Serr,

Director Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Division

Insert this Circular in "Published Ordinances Firearms", Publication 603 (Rev. 11-69).

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