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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
About ATF


Firearms Trace Data

A key component of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) enforcement mission is the tracing of firearms on behalf of thousands of Federal, State, local and foreign law enforcement agencies. Firearms trace data is critically important information developed by ATF. ATF has prepared the following state-by-state reports utilizing trace data which is intended to provide the public with insight into firearms recoveries.

U.S. Firearms Trace Data

International Firearms Trace Data


Open Data and Resources for Developers

In addition to the published format of the U.S. Firearms Trace Data above, the data is available in an open interactive format (as a pilot). The interactive data contains no different or additional data than the U.S. Firearms Trace Data ATF has traditionally published, above. The open data is being published in accordance with the President’s Digital Government Strategy and the Executive Order on open data. The interactive data can also be used by developers to build applications, and is located at


Annual Firearms Manufacturers And Export Report

All Federally licensed manufacturers of firearms and destructive devices (Federal Firearms License types 07 and 10) are required to submit a production report of manufacturing and export activity to ATF by April 1 of each year. The information must be reported using the Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Exportation Report Under 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44, Firearms (ATF Form 5300.11). The report covers activity for the calendar year ended the previous December 31. For example, calendar year 2009 data was due to ATF by April 1, 2010.

ATF compiles the submitted data and releases it here each January, with a one year delay to comply with the Trade Secrets Act. For example, data released in January 2013 was for calendar year 2011. The January 2014 data release will cover calendar year 2012 activity. In response to requests from the industry, ATF released interim AFMER data for the first time in July 2010. This release included aggregate data only and did not identify any specific industry member (to comply with the Trade Secrets Act).

Questions about the AFMER program and data should be directed to Program Analyst Tom DiDomenico at 304-616-4590.

FESD Customer Service Survey

Firearms Commerce Report in the United States

This report presents data drawn from a number of ATF reports and records in one comprehensive document. It also provides comparative data from as far back as 1975 for context, analyses of trends over the years, and a fuller picture of the state of firearms commerce in the United States today.

2014 Report on Firearms Commerce in the U.S

Federal Firearms Licensee Statistics Theft / Loss Reports

Federal firearms licensees (FFLs) must report to ATF each missing, lost, or stolen firearm within 48 hours of discovery of the loss or theft by completing and forwarding a Federal Firearms Licensee Theft/Loss Report. In addition, the FFL must also report the firearm theft or loss to the appropriate local law enforcement agency.

National Firearms Act (NFA)

The National Firearms Act Branch is responsible for the administration of the National Firearms Act (NFA) as amended, and regulations issued pursuant to the Act. It maintains the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record (NFRTR), the central registry of all NFA firearms in the United States. The branch acts on all applications to make, export, transfer and register NFA firearms; and processes notices of NFA firearms manufactured or imported.

Number of National Firearms Act Firearms Processed - The bar graph depicts the number of  National Firearms Act firearms processed from applications captured in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record by Fiscal Year (FY) from FY 2005 to FY 2014.  The number of NFA firearms the NFA branch processed were: 147,484 NFA firearms in FY 2005; 296,127 NFA firearms in FY 2006; 563,127 NFA firearms in FY 2007; 981,303 NFA firearms in FY 2008; 834,328 NFA firearms in FY 2009; 828,462 NFA firearms in FY 2010; 992,975 NFA firearms in FY 2011; 1,112,041 NFA firearms in FY 2012; 1,152,163 NFA firearms in FY 2013; and 1,383,677 NFA firearms in FY 2014.

Number of NFA Firearms Processed by Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Firearms Processed
2014 1,383,677
2013 1,152,163
2012 1,112,041
2011 992,975
2010 828,462
2009 834,328
2008 981,303
2007 563,127
2006 296,127
2005 147,484

Number of National Firearms Act Forms Processed - The bar graph depicts the volume of applications captured in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record that were processed by the National Firearms Act Branch by Fiscal Year (FY) to include FY 2005 to FY 2014.  NFA Branch was able to process: 41,579 applications in FY 2005; 57,783 applications in FY 2006; 66,560 applications in FY 2007; 72,808 applications in FY 2008; 86,753 applications in FY 2009; 91,949 applications in FY 2010; 105,373 applications in FY 2011; 137,649 applications in FY 2012; 163,691 applications in FY 2013; and 236,290 applications in FY 2014. ow

Number of NFA Forms Processed by Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Forms Processed
2014 236,290
2013 163,691
2012 137,649
2011 105,373
2010 91,949
2009 86,753
2008 72,808
2007 66,560
2006 57,783
2005 41,579