The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) recognized ABLOY USA’s high security PL340 padlock for meeting the regulations as a locking device for securing explosives magazines. Only padlocks that are constructed with at least five disc tumblers and a case hardened shackle with a diameter of at least 3/8-inch are substantially equivalent to the regulations of 27 CFR 555, Subpart K.

ATF is known for investigating and preventing federal offenses involving the unlawful use, manufacture, and possession of firearms and explosives, acts of arson and bombings, and illegal trafficking of alcohol and tobacco products. The agency also is responsible for the regulation – via licensing, the sale, possession, and transportation – of firearms, ammunition and explosives in interstate commerce.

”This validation is important for explosive safety and compliance personnel in the mining, blasting, wireline and construction industries,” said Shayne Spears, ABLOY’s vertical market manager for oil & gas, and mining.

The ATF determination acknowledged the PL340 is effectively pick-proof due to the capabilities of ABLOY PROTEC2 CLIQ, a hybrid system that combines mechanical disc technology with electronic components.

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