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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives


Contact: Public Affairs Division
www.atf.gov

February 2013

Facts and Figures (FY 2011)

Personnel

  • Special Agents (1811): 2,474
  • Industry Operations Investigators (1801 and 1854): 776
  • Administrative/Professional/Technical: 1,569
  • Total employees: 4,819
  • Field Divisions: 25

Cases and Prosecutions

Historical (FY 2005-2010)
  • Cases:
    • Recommended for prosecution: 84,939
    • Indicted: 63,310
    • Resulted in convictions: 48,253
  • Defendants:
    • Recommended for prosecution: 128,672
    • Defendants indicted: 94,646
    • Number convicted: 68,573
    • Average incarceration: 55,204 were sentenced to an average of 184 months
    • Defendants previously convicted felons: 61%
    • Defendants with prior arrest records: 84%
FY 2011
  • Cases:
    • Recommended for prosecution: 11,251
    • Defendants indicted: 11,256
    • Number convicted: 6,985
    • Average incarceration: 6,201 defendants were sentenced to prison receiving an average sentence of 191 months.
    • Received life sentence: 38
    • Received death sentences: 22
    • Engaged in gang-related crimes: 5,206
    • Defendants previously convicted felons: 60%
    • Defendants with prior arrest records: 84%
  • Defendants:
    • Recommended for prosecution: 18,790
    • Defendants indicted: 11,256
    • Number convicted: 7,337
    • Average incarceration: 6,201 defendants were sentenced to prison receiving an average sentence of 191 months.
    • Received life sentence: 38
    • Received death sentences: 6
    • Engaged in gang-related crimes: 5,206
    • Defendants previously convicted felons: 60%
    • Defendants with prior arrest records: 82%
  • Initiated criminal investigations to these specific areas:
    • Firearms cases, including illegal possession and firearms trafficking: 27,515
    • Arson and explosives cases, including bombings and attempted bombings: 3,244
    • Alcohol and tobacco diversion cases: 125
    • Explosives thefts: 24

Inspections

  • In FY 2011, ATF conducted the following compliance inspections:
    • Federal firearms licensee (FFL) inspections: 10,538
    • Federal explosives licensee (FEL) inspections: 3,925
  • In FY 2010, firearms compliance inspections resulted in the following recommendations:
    • No Violations: 6,622 or 50.32%
    • Report of Violations: 1,652 or 12.55%
    • Warning Letter: 1,550 or 11.78%
    • Warning Conference: 792 or 6.02%
    • Revoke License or Denial of Renewal: 71 or 0.54%
    • Surrender of License: 42 or 0.32%
    • Out-of-business: 1,662 or 12.63%
    • Other : 768 or 5.84%
    • Total: 13,159 or 100.00%
  • In FY 2011, firearms application inspections conducted: 9,405
  • In FY 2011, explosives compliance inspections resulted in the following recommendations:
    • No Violations: 2,826 or 65.42%
    • Report of Violations: 361 or 8.36%
    • Warning Letter: 133 or 3.08%
    • Warning Conference: 64 or 1.48%
    • Revoke License or Permit: 9 or 0.21%
    • Surrender of License or Permit: 9 or 0.21%
    • Out-of-business: 625 or 14.47%
    • Other : 293 or 6.78%
    • Total: 4,320 or 100.00%
  • In FY 2011, explosives application inspections conducted: 1,104

Licensing Centers, Imports and NFA

  • In FY 2011, ATF processed:
    • National Firearms Act (NFA) registrations and/or transfers: 992,975
    • Import permit applications: 9,248

Canine

  • In FY 2011, ATF explosives detection canine teams:
    • Participated in 2,508 investigative searches
    • Assisted in 169 search warrants
    • Safeguarded over 16.4 million spectators at major events
    • Recovered:
      • 140 firearms
      • more than 12,000 shell casings
      • 70 explosive devices in the U.S.
      • 13 homemade explosive devices in the U.S.
  • In FY 2011, ATF trained:
    • 23 ATF Basic Explosives Detection Canine Teams
    • 8 ATF Basic Accelerant Detection Canine Teams
    • 142 Explosives Detection Canine Teams Recertification
    • 52 Accelerant Detection Canine Teams Recertification
    • 204 explosives detection canine teams on National Odor Recognition Testing (NORT) standards
    • 204 on peroxide-based explosives
    • 56 Courses, 1,093 military working dogs on homemade explosives for the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat organization with 8 courses remaining this fiscal year.

Tracing

  • The National Tracing Center (NTC) traced more than 333,445 firearms for our agents and our law enforcement partners globally.

NIBIN

  • NIBIN partners have completed more than 2 million acquisitions
  • NIBIN partners have confirmed more than 47,000 NIBIN hits

Laboratories

  • Our state-of-the-art laboratories, which examine forensic evidence such as ballistics and DNA, as well as reconstruct and test arson and fire scenarios—in Fiscal Year 2011, ATF’s laboratories completed the following:
    • Processed 4,035 forensic cases
    • Processed 72 fire research cases

National Response Team (NRT)

  • Since 1978, the NRT has been activated to more than 734 significant incidents throughout the U.S.
  • In FY 2011, the NRT:
    • Responded to: 11 incidents
    • Property damage estimated value at: $92 million

Alcohol and Tobacco

  • During FY 2011:
    • Recommended defendants for prosecution: 213
    • Seized: approximately $32.2 million in criminal contraband

Training

Historical
  • In FY 2007-08, ATF provided firearms-related training to:
    • 276 Mexican police and prosecutors
    • More than 1,500 members of the international law enforcement community
    • More than 950 police officials trained at the International Law Enforcement Academies across the globe in Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia, and Latin America
  • Gang Resistance Education And Training (GREAT):
    • Since 1991, GREAT has graduated more than 6 million school children. More than 12,500 law enforcement officers and professionals have been certified as GREAT instructors.
FY 2011
  • In FY 2011, ATF provided the following training:
    • Post-Blast Investigative Techniques:Approximately 420 law enforcement personnel were trained, including members of the Mexican police and military forces. Also during this time, ATF transitioned support from military post blast techniques to homemade explosives programs due to changing military priorities from emerging threats.
    • Explosives-related courses: More than 800 law enforcement personnel, including 300 State and local investigators and bomb squad personnel
    • Arson-related courses: 737 personnel in arson-related courses
    • Gang Resistance Education And Training (GREAT):
      • ATF agents taught students: 4,435
      • ATF agents trained as instructors: 23

Budget

  • Enacted appropriations for FY 2011: $$1,112,542

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