Fact Sheet - Facts and Figures for Fiscal Year 2022
|Industry Operations Investigators||816|
|Total full-time employees||5,099|
Cases and Defendants
Case and defendant data presents a snapshot in time of matters proceeding through the various phases of the judicial process. The typical ATF case recommended for prosecution remains open over a period of approximately 4 years.
Cases and defendants indicted, convicted, and sentenced are not subsets of cases and defendants recommended for prosecution in FY 2022. The snapshot presents actual judicial activity in the fiscal year regardless of the year the matter was recommended for prosecution. For example, “percentage indicted” should not be calculated based upon the presented data, as the case indicted may have been presented in a previous fiscal year.
|Firearms cases initiated||34,436|
|Arson cases initiated||2,242|
|Explosives cases initiated||1,194|
|Firearms cases recommended for prosecution||10,138|
|Recommended for prosecution||15,583|
The data show an average of 7.8 prior arrests and 2.16 prior convictions per defendant recommended for prosecution.
As of FY22, there were 136,563 active federal firearms licensees (FFLs) and 43,494 firearms licenses issued (to include renewals).
|Type 01: Dealer||52,910|
|Type 02: Pawnbroker||6,740|
|Type 03: Collector||52,814|
|Type 06: Manufacturer of Ammunition||2,212|
|Type 07: Manufacturer of Firearms||19,059|
|Type 08: Importer||1,886|
|Type 09: Dealer of Destructive Devices||154|
|Type 10: Manufacturer of Destructive Devices||482|
|Type 11: Importer of Destructive Devices||306|
ATF conducted 6,979 firearm compliance inspections in FY 2022.
Firearms compliance inspections resulted in the following recommendations:
|Report of violations||1,247|
|Resolved as discontinued||1,037|
Most Frequently Cited Violations
|27 CFR 478.125(e)||Failure to maintain an accurate/complete/timely acquisition and disposition record of firearms||33,526|
|27 CFR 478.21(a)||Failure to complete forms as prescribed||22,320|
|27 CFR 478.124(c)(1)||Failure to obtain a completed ATF F 4473||18,526|
|27 CFR 478.124(c)(5)||Failure by transferor to sign and/or date an ATF F 4473||10,132|
|27 CFR 478.123(a)||Failure to maintain an accurate/complete/timely manufacture or acquisition record||10,114|
|27 CFR 478.124(c)(3)(iv)||Failure to record NICS contact information on an ATF F 4473||10,097|
|27 CFR 478.124(c)(3)(i)||Failure to verify or record Identification document on ATF F 4473||5,913|
|27 CFR 478.123(b)||Failure to maintain an accurate/complete/timely licensee disposition record||5,641|
|27 CFR 478.124(c)(4)||Failure to record firearm information on an ATF F 4473||5,304|
|27 CFR 478.126a||Failure to report multiple sales or other dispositions of pistols and revolvers||4,407|
Firearms Application Inspections
ATF conducted 11,156 firearms application inspections. Of those inspections, 7,922 were approved and 18 were denied. The remaining 3,216 application inspections were abandoned or withdrawn.
As of FY 2022, there were 9,461 active federal explosives licenses and permits (FEL/FEPs).
|Dealers licenses (includes black powder)||859|
ATF conducted 944 explosives application inspections. Of those inspections, 737 were approved and 3 were denied. The remaining 204 application inspections were abandoned or withdrawn.
ATF conducted 3,101 explosive compliance inspections resulting in the following recommendations:
|Report of violations||44|
|Resolved not revoked||8|
Top 10 Violations
|27 CFR 555.127||Failure to timely/accurately enter all required explosive inventory identification and quantity information in a daily summary of magazine transaction (per magazine)||999|
|27 CFR 555.123(c)(2)||Failure to record the (brand) name of manufacturer or name of importer of explosive material(s) in the permanent record (Manufacturer)||260|
|27 CFR 555.123(c)(3)||Failure to record the marks of identification of explosive material(s) in the permanent record (Manufacturer)||260|
|27 CFR 555.206(a)||Failure of high explosive outdoor magazines to meet minimum separation distances from specified areas identified within the table set forth under 555.218||79|
|27 CFR 555.129||Exportation||70|
|27 CFR 555.207(a)(8)||Failure to meet minimum door construction requirements of a type I magazine||66|
|27 CFR 555.106(a)||Unlawful distribution of explosive materials to a nonlicensee/nonpermittee||55|
|27 CFR 555.208(b)(2)||Failure to meet minimum exterior construction requirements of an indoor type II magazine||55|
|27 CFR 555.125(b)(3)(iii)||Failure to record the manufacturer's mark of identification of explosive material(s) in the permanent record (User)||53|
|27 CFR 555.29||Unlawful storage of explosive materials||48|
Imports and National Firearms Act (NFA)
|NFA registration applications (and transfer applications)||764,814|
|NFA registrations processed (total weapons)/count of forms||709,508|
|NFA registrations processed (total weapons)/count of weapons||3,059,054|
|NFA making and transfer tax collected||$91,462,604.64|
|NFA special occupation tax collected||$9,569,698.25|
Note: All taxes collected for NFA go to the general fund of the U.S. Treasury Department.
ATF’s National Tracing Center (NTC) is the only organization authorized to trace U.S. and foreign manufactured firearms for local, state, federal and international law enforcement agencies. 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 623,654 trace requests in FY 2022.
Certified Fire Investigators
ATF’s Certified Fire Investigators (CFIs) provide support for fire and arson investigations throughout the entire United States, its territories and other countries.
National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN)
NIBIN provides local, state and federal law enforcement, forensic science, and prosecutors 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 in violent crimes.
In FY 2022, ATF’s laboratories accomplished the following:
|ATF laboratory requests for analysis and testing||1,437|
|ATF laboratory completed analysis requests||1,209|
|DNA submissions from fired cartridge cases||17|
|DNA submissions from fired cartridge cases yielding results||11|
|Fire Research Laboratory engineering cases||8|
|Fire Research Laboratory research experiments||230|
|Fire Research Laboratory case test experiments||194|
|Fire Research Laboratory forensic cases analyzed||37|
|Fire Research Laboratory fire research activities||22|
The agency’s FY 2022 enacted budget was approximately $1.5 billion.