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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

May 2014

Contact: Public Affairs Division


  • Special Agents (1811): 2,402
  • Industry Operations Investigators (1801 and 1854): 791
  • Administrative/Professional/Technical: 1,526
  • Total employees: 4,719
  • Field Divisions: 25
Fiscal Year 2013
  • Cases:
    • Recommended for prosecution: 9,866
    • Indicted cases: 7,072
    • Convicted cases: 9,901
    • Criminal group and gang cases: 740
  • Defendants:
    • Recommended for prosecution:16,294
    • Defendants indicted: 11,549
    • Number convicted: 9,901
    • Received life sentence: 93
    • Received death sentences: 11
  • Initiated criminal investigations to these specific areas:
    • Number of firearms cases: 21,852
    • Number of arson cases: 1,737
    • Number of explosives cases: 927
    • Number of alcohol & tobacco cases: 28
  • ATF conducted the following firearm compliance inspections: 10,516
  • Firearms compliance inspections resulted in the following  recommendations:.1
    • No violations: 4,902
    • Report of violations: 1,381
    • Warning letter:1,417
    • Warning conference: 702
    • Revocations sought: 81
  • Firearms application inspections conducted: 12,001
  • ATF conducted  the following explosives compliance inspections: 3,867
  • Explosive compliance inspections resulted in the following  recommendations:
    • No violations: 2,963
    • Report of violations: 318
    • Warning letter: 123
    • Warning conference: 49
    • Revocations sought: 5
  • Explosives application inspections conducted: 1,034
Licensing Centers, Imports and National Firearms Act (NFA)
ATF processed:
  • NFA registrations applications: 163,691
  • NFA registrations processed: 1,152,163
  • NFA making and transfer taxes collected: $18,181,672.81 (net after refunds)
  • NFA special occupational taxes (SOT) collected: $4,293,578.85
  • Import permit applications: 19,471 (Form 6 and NIA processed)
  • Firearms marking variances: 802
ATF’s National Tracing Center (NTC) is the country's only crime gun tracing facility. NTC provides critical information that helps domestic and international law enforcement agencies solve firearms crimes, detect firearms trafficking, and track the intrastate, interstate, and international movement of crime guns.
  • NTC processed more than 340,000 trace requests.
Certified Fire Investigators (CFI)
ATF’s CFI’s provide support for fire and arson investigations throughout the entire United States, its territories and other countries. 
  • ATF conducted 1,737 fire and arson investigations.
National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN)
NIBIN provides federal, state and local law enforcement, forensic science, and attorney agencies with an automated ballistic imaging system that will aid their investigations by using digital images of shell casings to link violent crimes involving firearms and subsequently identify firearm users or “trigger pullers.”
  • NIBIN partners have confirmed more than 50,000 NIBIN hits.
  • ATF certified more than 1,000 NIBIN users to use the network.
The U.S. Bomb Data Center (USBDC)
The following statistics are based upon explosives incidents reported to the USBDC, including bombings, attempted bombings, incendiary bombings, stolen explosives and other categories.
  • Number of explosives incidents: 5,909
  • Number of injuries: 390
  • Number of fatalities: 31
ATF’s state-of-the-art laboratories examine forensic evidence such as ballistics and DNA. The fire research laboratory reconstructs and test arson and fire scenarios.
ATF’s laboratories:
  • Processed 2,475 forensic case
  • Processed 74 fire research cases
  • Processed 3,374 ATF NIBIN cases
  • Provided 105 days of expert testimony in the courts
  • Worked 108 days at crime scenes
  • Provided 579 days of training instruction for federal, state and local investigators and examiners
Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.)
G.R.E.A.T. is a gang and delinquency prevention program that is provided to middle and elementary school students by ATF and other law enforcement agency partners.
  • Since 1991, G.R.E.A.T. has graduated more than 6 million school children.
  • ATF has certified more than 13,000 law enforcement officers and professionals as G.R.E.A.T. instructors from 2,689 agencies.
In fiscal year 2013:
  • 423 local law enforcement agencies taught the G.R.E.A.T. Program
  • 943 officers and law enforcement professionals taught the G.R.E.A.T. Program in elementary and middle schools
  • 98,341 elementary students at 1,402 schools graduated from the program
  • 133,662 middle school students at 1,251 schools graduated from the program
  • 20,812 students participated in summer programs
  • Enacted appropriations: $1.071 billion

1. Numbers provided are for the most notable areas and do not include all items identified by an industry operation investigator during an inspection.