Diary of an FFL Theft/Loss

Theft Loss REport

Diary of an FFL Theft/Loss:

Each year, thousands of firearms are reported lost or stolen, including from Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs). After an FFL discovers the theft or loss of any firearms from its inventory, it is required by law to report to ATF the theft or loss within 48 hours of discovery. The National Tracing Center (NTC) receives these reports from FFLs. NTC is able to develop investigative leads when any of these firearms are recovered and traced by law enforcement. If an FFL needs to submit an FFL theft/loss report, it should go to the resources section of www.atf.gov.


2015 FFL Thefts and Losses:

  • A total of 14,800 firearms were reported lost or stolen nationwide last year from FFLs.
  • 8,637 were reported as lost.
  • 6,163 were reported as stolen.


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Last Reviewed April 26, 2018