In general, persons who have nonimmigrant status in the U.S. (examples: B, F, J, H, O, TN) are not permitted to possess or transport firearms or ammunition in the United States. The law provides for some exceptions for persons who wish to use firearms for sports or hunting or for those who are representatives of or employed by friendly foreign governments. In all cases, special permission must be specifically granted and cannot be assumed.
For the full text of the regulation see the Federal Register Notice of 05 February 2002, pages 5422-5427, at
For the Treasury notice regarding this regulation, see the Treasury press release at
For a copy of the new form that requires identification of aliens in a firearms transaction, see the Firearms Transaction Notice form at