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Proposed Collection; Comment Request

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Notice and request for comments.


The Department of the Treasury, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). Currently, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms within the Department of the Treasury is soliciting comments concerning the National Tracing Center Trace Request and Obliterated Serial Number Trace Request.


Written comments should be received on or before July 11, 2000 to be assured of consideration.


Direct all written comments to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Linda Barnes, 650 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20226, (202) 927-8930.

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Requests for additional information or copies of the form(s) and instructions should be directed to Shirley Blickenstaff, National Tracing Center, Falling Waters, West Virginia 25419, 1-800-788-7133.

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Title: National Tracing Center Trace Request and Obliterated Serial Number Trace Request.

OMB Number: 1512-0541

Form Number: ATF F 3312.1 and ATF F 3312.2.

Abstract: The tracing of crime guns is a principal mission of ATF and is conducted as a centralized operation at the National Tracing Center in Falling Waters, West Virginia. These forms are used by the Federal, State, Local, and International law enforcement community to request that ATF trace firearms used, or suspected to have been used, in crimes.

Current Actions: There are no changes to this information collection and it is being submitted for extension purposes only.

Type of Review: Extension.

Affected Public: Federal Government, State, Local, or Tribal Government.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 99,255.

Estimated Time Per Respondent: 6 minutes per form.

Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 198,015.

Request for Comments

Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (e) estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information.

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Dated: May 5, 2000.

William T. Earle,

Assistant Director (Management) CFO.

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[FR Doc. 00-12011 Filed 5-11-00; 8:45 am]