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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

What does ATF do with the data I report?

AFMER data is compiled into an annual statistical profile and released each January on ATF’s website ( Final release is deferred by one year, so 2009 data was not released until January 2011, for example. Published AFMER data is referenced by academic researchers, industry trade associations, regulatory agencies, the media, private interest groups, and others having an interest in the scope, vitality, and diversity of the U.S. firearms industry.

ATF Industry Operations Investigators verify compliance with the AFMER filing requirement and the accuracy of data reported to ATF when performing compliance inspections of licensed firearms manufacturers.