Publications Library

ATF occasionally issues publications to inform the industries it regulates and the general public about the laws and regulations administered and enforced by ATF. These include guidebooks, newsletters, brochures, studies, and reports. ATF publications do not have the force and effect of federal statutes or Department of Justice regulations, and are not final agency actions. They may also be rescinded or modified at ATF’s discretion.

For more information, see “Memorandum for All Components: Prohibition of Improper Guidance Documents,” from Attorney General Jefferson B. Sessions III, November 16, 2017.

Title Description Category Document Type
Memorandum of Merit System Principles and Prohibited Personnel Practices (903 KB)

The fundamental under girding of the entire Federal Human Resources Management system is the Merit System Principles.  The Merit System Principles can be described as the core values that should be expressed in every human resources decision. There are nine Merit System Principles, which can be found in Section 2301(b) of title 5, US.C.

Careers Report
Firearms Commerce in the U.S. Annual Statistical Update - 2013 (643 KB) Firearms Report
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter - September 2013 - Volume 1 (626 KB)
What’s in This Issue: Customer Service Standards; Active Federal Firearms License (FFL) Records; Best Practices; ATF Outreach Activities; New Moves in EPS; FBI/NICS News
Firearms Newsletter
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter - September 2013 - Volume 2 (623 KB)
What’s in This Issue: Private Party Transfers; Updated ATF Website; Top 8 Questions Asked by FFLs on the ATF Website; Use of Computerized Software; Guidance for Requesting Marking Variances; Personal Firearms Record; Updated Most Frequently Asked Questions; eForms News; FFLs May Ship Firearms to Locations Other than the Business Premises Address; National Firearms Act Firearms in Estates; Sales to Law Enforcement; Retention of Registered Machineguns by Licensees Who Discontinue Business
Firearms Newsletter
Explosives Industry Newsletter-January 2014 (2373 KB)
What’s in This Issue: Meet ATF’s New Director, B. Todd Jones; New Deputy Division Chief; Contingency and Shared Storage; Binary Explosives: Checking Laws; Alternate Identification Markings; Black Powder Lifters; More on Hoods; Underground Storage Reminder; Explosives Disposal; ATF and the Interagency Committee on Explosives; ATF Hosts QRA Workshop; Questions and Answers; Licensee/Permittee Percentages; Licensee/Permittee Population by Type
Explosives Newsletter
Explosive Industry Newsletter-June 2013 (1556 KB)
What’s in This Issue: New Publication; Exploding Ammunition Requirements; Smoke Producing Devices; Reagents; Canadian Type 4 Magazines vs. U.S. Type 2 Magazines; Hardwood or Softwood?; Interior Walls for Type 1 Magazines; Gun Loading Facilities; Horizontally-Mounted Hoods; Indoor Storage Reminders; Recordkeeping Reminders; Permittee Disposal of Surplus Stock; Questions and Answers; Explosives Thefts from 2006 thru 2012
Explosives Newsletter
Personal Firearms Record (ATF P 3312.8) (296 KB)
By completing this record and maintaining it in a safe location, separate from your firearms, you will be taking an important first step in the effort to prevent thefts and to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals.
Firearms Guide
Publication on Fireworks Reminders (ATF P 5400.24) (1598 KB)
This publication is an overview intended as an aid to compliance with regulatory requirements, not a replacement for the Federal explosives regulations at 27 CFR, Part 555.
Explosives Guide
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter - March 2013 - Volume 1 (610 KB)
What’s in This Issue: SHOT Show 2013; ATF Outreach Activities; Best Practices; FBI/NICS News
Firearms Newsletter
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter - March 2013 - Volume 2 (591 KB)
What’s in This Issue: Reminder: Keep Your Contact Information Up to Date ; Reminder: eForm 6; Agency Information Collection Activities; Rental of Firearms On-Premises; Rental of Firearms Off-Premises; Clarification of ATF Ruling 2008–3: Making Corrections to the e4473; Recording Identification Documents on the ATF Form 4473—Military Identification and PCS Orders; Purchase of Firearms by Current or Former Law Enforcement Officers; Recording Pistol Grip Firearms in the Acquisition and Disposition Record; Manufacturing NFA Firearms for the United States Government; When Permission Is Required To Move NFA Firearms; Recordkeeping Requirements and Retention Requirements for Licensed Manufacturers; Clarification: Firearms Shipments via Common or Contract Carrier; Brokering of Firearms/Drop Shipments
Firearms Newsletter
ATF Procedure 2013-2 (55 KB)
This ATF procedure gives guidance to licensed importers, manufacturers, and dealers (licensees) on how to record the sale of a firearm to an unlicensed person who:
a. Has a valid alternate permit or otherwise is exempt from National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) requirements;
b. Resides in the same State as the licensee; and
c. Does not appear in person at the licensee's business premises
Resource Center Guide
Federal Firearms Regulations Reference Guide - 2014 Edition (ATF P 5300.4) (3512 KB)

The 2014 edition of the Federal Firearms Regulations Reference Guide contains information that will help you comply with Federal laws and regulations governing the manufacture, importation and distribution of firearms and ammunition. This edition contains new and amended statutes enacted since publication of the 2005 edition, as well as updated regulations and rulings issued by ATF.

Firearms Guide
Publication on Table of Distance Requirements (ATF P 5400.25) (1190 KB)
This publication provides the location for the Federal explosive regulations that require outdoor explosives storage magazines to be located.
Explosives Guide
National Tracing Center – eTrace – Internet-based Firearms Tracing and Analysis (ATF P 3312.9) (998 KB)
ATF provides a paperless firearm trace submission system that is readily accessible through the Internet known as eTrace. It provides the necessary utilities for submitting, retrieving, storing, and querying all firearms trace related information.
Firearms Guide
Notice 2014R-15N - ATF Framework for Determining Whether Certain Projectiles are Primarily Intended for Sporting Purposes (444 KB)

ATF Framework for Determining Whether Certain Projectiles are ‘Primarily Intended for Sporting Purposes’ Within the Meaning of 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(C). Comments are due on or before March 16, 2015.

Resource Center Report
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter - April 2015 (599 KB)
What’s in This Issue: SHOT Show 2015; New Appointments in Enforcement Programs and Services; ATF Outreach Activities; Organizational Change for Firearms; Technology Branch; Automation of CBP Form I-94; Return of Firearms Received for Appraisal; Revised Federal Firearms License (FFL); Renewal Application (ATF Form 8); Reminders: Reporting Deceased Responsible; Persons to the Federal Firearms Licensing; Center and Submission of Original and Renewal Applications; Use of Internal Control Numbers on ATF; Form 6 Part I; Reminder: Reporting Multiple Sales of Handguns or Certain Rifles; Who to Contact with your Firearms Related Questions
Firearms Newsletter
Guidance for Requesting Marking Variances (197 KB)
Licensed manufacturers and importers are required to mark firearms manufactured or imported with specific identifying information.  ATF may authorize other means of identification ("marking variance") upon receipt of a letter application from a licensed manufacturer or importer.
Firearms Guide
Explosives Industry Newsletter-December 2014 (1045 KB)
What’s in this Issue: New Deputy Assistant Director; Explosives in Transit Web Page; Black Powder Open Letter; How to Address a Loss; Pyrotechnic Hobby Fuse Exemption; Seismic Exploration and Geophysical Operation Requirements; Inventories and Records; No. 8 Blasting Caps; Acquiring, Changing, or Discontinuing an Explosives Business; New Publication; ATF Employees Receive ISEE President’s Award
Explosives Newsletter
Explosives in Transit (307 KB)
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), has regulatory and civil enforcement authority over the transportation of explosive materials in commerce.
Explosives Guide
Careers at ATF (363 KB)

At the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), we conduct criminal investigations, regulate the firearms and explosives industries and assist other law enforcement agencies. We help to prevent terrorism, reduce violent crime and protect the public in a manner that is faithful to the Constitution and the laws of the United States.

Resource Center Report
2010-9 - Supporting Documentation for Import Permit Applications (35 KB)

Persons holding a valid Federal firearms license and/or who are registered as importers of articles on the U.S. Munitions Import List importing surplus military defense articles importable as curios or relics, may submit photocopies of the original supporting statements and documents with ATF Form 6, if they certify, under penalties provided by law, that the supporting documentation is true, correct, and complete. Such persons who are authorized under ATF Ruling 2003-6 to file eForm 6, may submit digitally scanned copies of the original supporting statements and documents with eForm 6, if they certify, under penalties provided by law, that the supporting documentation is true, correct, and complete.

Rules and Regulations Report
2011-1 - Consolidation of Required Records for Importers (76 KB)

ATF authorizes an alternate method or procedure from the firearms acquisition and disposition recordkeeping requirements of 27 CFR 478.122. Specifically, ATF authorizes licensed importers to consolidate their records of importation or other acquisition of firearms and their separate firearms disposition records, provided all of the requirements stated in this ruling are met.

Rules and Regulations Report
TD 439: Delegation of Authority in Part 170 (Effective: 02/02/01) (54 KB)

This final rule places all ATF authorities contained in part 170, title 27 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), with the ‘‘appropriate ATF officer’’ and requires that persons file documents required by 27 CFR part 170, with the ‘‘appropriate ATF officer.’’  also, this final rule removes the definitions of, and references to, specific officers subordinate to the Director.

Resource Center Report
TD 446: Technical amendments (Published 3/27/01) (41 KB)

This Treasury decision makes technical amendments and corrects typographical errors in parts 55, 70, 270 and 275 of title 27 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

Resource Center Report
TD-460: Manufacture of Tobacco Products and Cigarette Papers and Tubes, Recodification of Regulations (Published: 7/27/01) (51 KB)

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is recodifying the regulations pertaining to the manufacture of tobacco products and cigarette papers and tubes. The purpose of this recodification is to reissue the regulations in part 270 of title 27 of the Code of Federal Regulations (27 CFR part 270) as 27 CFR part 40. This change improves the organization of title 27.

Resource Center Report
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