FIND GUN LAWS BY STATE

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Common Acronyms

I. Introduction

There are a number of acronyms that will be used commonly in the GLBS Guide. To make the most of Your research with reciprocal carry and to ensure You have the correct meaning, it is important to understand the acronyms. Some carry two or more meanings, for example, LEO may be “Law Enforcement Officer” or “Law Enforcement Only,” the latter associated with magazine and weapons markings during the 1994 to 2004 period encompassing the assault weapons ban. In addition, the terms “CCP, CCW, and CHL” all refer to the same thing and are often used interchangeably.

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II. The Acronyms

AG:                 Attorney General

ALJ:               Administrative Law Judge

AMS:             Alternative Misdemeanor Sentencing

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AOW:            Any Other Weapon

ATF(E):       Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

AUSA:           Assistant United States Attorney

AWB:            Assault Weapons Ban

CBP:              Customs and Border Protection

CCP:               Concealed Carry Permit

CCW:             Concealed Carry Weapon

CHL:              Concealed Handgun License

CFR:               Code of Federal Regulations

CHINS:         Child in Need of Services

DD:                 Destructive Device

DHS:              Department of Homeland Security

DOJ:               United States Department of Justice

EAP.               Emergency Action Plan

FBI:                Federal Bureau of Investigation

FFL:                Federal Firearms License

FOPA:            Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986

FPC:               Federal Penal Code

GCA:              Gun Control Act of 1968

LEO:               Law Enforcement Officer or Law Enforcement Only

MG:                Machine Gun

NCIC:             National Crime Information Center

NCO:              No Contact Order

NFA:              National Firearms Act of 1934

NICS:             National Instant Criminal Background Check System

NRC:              Nuclear Regulatory Commission

PO:                  Protective Order or Probation Officer

SBI:                 Serious Bodily Injury

SBR:               Short-Barreled Rifle

SBS:                Short-Barreled Shotgun

SCOTUS:      Supreme Court of the United States

SOP:               Standard Operating Procedure

SYG:               Stand Your Ground

SVF:               Serious Violent Felon

TSA:               Transportation Security Administration

USA:               United States Attorney or United States of America

USC:               United States Code

WMD:            Weapon of Mass Destruction

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III. Conclusion

Even the lowly acronym may have a different meaning associated with it in the firearms community. Try not to assume, but understand the precise meaning attributed to the acronym. This is again, a prudent part of being a gun owner and a necessity to lawful reciprocal carry.

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FIND GUN LAWS BY STATE

Table of Contents

About the author
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Bryan L. Ciyou is a trial and appellate attorney at the Indianapolis law firm of Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. He earned his BA with distinction and graduated through the honors program, along with his JD,... Read More