Publications Library

Title Description Category Document Type
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
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
Guide to Firearms Types (ATF M 3317.7) (478 KB)

This information document provides basic information for law enforcement about the structure of firearms by type.

Firearms Guide
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
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.

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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.

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TD 445: West Elks Viticultural Area (Published: 3/06/01) (45 KB)

This final rule establishes a viticultural area to be known as ‘‘West Elks,’’ located in Delta County, Colorado. This action is the result of a petition filed on behalf of several grape growers and winery owners in the area.

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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.

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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).

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TD 447: Manufacturers Excise Taxes-Firearms and Ammunition; Delegation of Authority (Published: 4/13/01) (43 KB)

This final rule replaces all ATF authorities contained in regulations on ‘‘Manufacturers Excise Taxes—Firearms and Ammunition’’ with the ‘‘appropriate ATF officer’’ and requires that persons file documents required by those regulations with the ‘‘appropriate ATF officer’’ or in accordance with the instructions on the ATF form.

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TD 448: Red Mountain Viticultural Area (Published: 4/10/01) (48 KB)

This Treasury decision will establish a viticultural area within the State of Washington to be called ‘‘Red Mountain.’’ The new viticultural area is within Benton County and entirely within the existing Yakima Valley viticultural area as described in 27  CFR 9.69.

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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.

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TD-461: Correction – Identification Markings Placed on Firearms (Published: 8/13/01) (21 KB)

In rule document 01–19418, beginning on page 40596, in the issue of Friday, August 3, 2001, make the following correction: On page 40596, in the first column, under the heading SUMMARY:, in the ninth line, ‘‘1 1⁄16’’ should read ‘‘1⁄16’’.

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TD-461: Identification Markings Placed on Firearms (Published: 8/3/01) (57 KB)

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is amending the regulations to prescribe minimum height and depth requirements for identification markings placed on firearms by licensed importers and licensed manufacturers.

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