AFMER data is compiled into an annual statistical profile and released each year on ATF’s website (www.ATF.gov). Final release is deferred by one year. For example, 2015 data was not released until January 2017. 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.
Additionally, ATF Industry Operations Investigators verify compliance with the AFMER filing requirement and the accuracy of data reported to ATF, when compliance inspections of licensed firearms manufacturers are performed.