Basically as I suspected the importer sends their records to the BATF and they maintain them only for use by Law Enforcement, the public cannot access them BUMMER Here is the complete response I received Thank you for your recent inquiry to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). This is in response to your email, in which you inquired whether ATF can provide you with copies of records pertaining to an out-of-business Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) importer of firearms. Licensed importers are required to maintain certain records until they go out of business. Upon going out of the business the licensed importer must surrender the records to ATF. ATF’s National Tracing Center (NTC) is the only organization authorized to trace U.S. and foreign manufactured firearms for international, Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies. Its purpose is to provide investigative leads in the fight against violent crime and terrorism and to enhance public safety. Firearms trace requests may be submitted by any law enforcement agency in the course of a bona fide criminal investigation. ATF may fulfill trace requests by law enforcement agencies only in accordance withPub. L. 112–55, div. B, title II, Nov. 18, 2011, 125 Stat. 609, that provides in part: ‘‘That, during the current fiscal year and in each fiscal year thereafter, no funds appropriated under this or any other Act may be used to disclose part or all of the contents of the Firearms Trace System database maintained by the National Trace Center of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives or any information required to be kept by licensees pursuant to section 923(g) of title 18, United States Code, or required to be reported pursuant to paragraphs (3) and (7) of such section, except to: (1) a Federal, State, local, or tribal law enforcement agency, or a Federal, State, or local prosecutor; or (2) a foreign law enforcement agency solely in connection with or for use in a criminal investigation or prosecution; or (3) a Federal agency for a national security or intelligence purpose…” The Firearms Services Section, Law Enforcement Support Branch, will search the records maintained at the National Tracing Center (NTC) from out of business Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) pursuant to a request from ATF or other accredited law enforcement agency as part of a bona fide criminal investigation. Law enforcement regularly makes such requests to obtain the serial number of a firearm that was stolen from an individual. Private Citizens: A private citizen needing to obtain the serial number of a stolen firearm purchased from an FFL which has since discontinued business will need to contact local law enforcement and request that the agency submit a Record Search Request. The NTC can only provide firearms records to law enforcement personnel, not to the general public. The aforementioned information applies to private requests to obtain any information pertaining to firearms records maintained at the NTC. Accordingly, ATF cannot assist you with your request. We trust the foregoing has been responsive to your inquiry. Should you have additional questions, please contact your local ATF office. A listing of ATF office phone numbers can be found here.