United States Prohibition Related to Explosives

The Safe Explosives Act was signed into law by the President on November 25, 2002.

This established, effective January 24, 2003, three new prohibited persons categories:

  1. aliens (with limited exceptions);
  2. persons who have been dishonorably discharged from the military; and
  3. citizens of the United States who have renounced their citizenship.

All prohibited persons are permitted to apply to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) for relief from Federal explosives disabilities.

The immediate impact is that Canadians, including truck drivers and train crew, may not possess explosives in the United States, even for the purposes of transport. An application can be made to the ATF for relief.

NOTE: This rule has been superseded by a DOT Interim Final Rule for truck and rail. See item 2 in the list of US Requirements and Proposals

Reference Title XI of the Homeland Security Act. http://www.ars.usda.gov/pdf/homeland_security.pdf

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