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 They may also be rescinded or modified at ATF’s discretion.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.

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Maryland Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1947 KB)

This brochure contains trace data related information from January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014.

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Maine Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1732 KB)

This brochure contains trace data related information from January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014.

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Louisiana Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1727 KB)

This brochure contains trace data related information from January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014.

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Loss Prevention for Firearms Retailers (441 KB)
Loss prevention for firearms retailers. As a firearms retailer you have a risk of burglary, theft, and loss. This guide will help you evaluate the security of your premises and help you develop a strategy for preventing losses.
Firearms Guide
List of Explosive Materials - 2002 (41 KB) Notice of List of Explosive Materials. Five additions: Azide explosives, HMTD [hexamethylenetriperoxidediamine], Nitrate explosive mixtures, Picrate explosives and TATP [triacetonetriperoxide] Explosives Report
La Gran Familia Gang Arrest (40 KB)

The Gwinnett County Police Gang Unit in conjunction with the ATF conducted a nearly two year investigation into the criminal street gang known as "La Gran Familia" which has a number of gang sets underneath identified as the "Latin Kings", "Brown Side Locos", "Malditos 13", and "Pachucos 21." The investigation revealed that the gang members were buying and selling, Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Xanax, Marijuana and firearms. Gang leadership and major associates of "La Gran Familia" were identified during the investigation.

News Report
kentucky051017.pdf (63 KB) May 2017 Location of Abandoned/Unclaimed property by state. Resource Center Report
Kentucky Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1582 KB)

This brochure contains trace data related information from January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014.

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Kansas Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1545 KB)

This brochure contains trace data related information from January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014.

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Iowa Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1543 KB)

This brochure contains trace data related information from January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014.

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Indiana Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1722 KB)

This brochure contains trace data related information from January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014.

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Illinois Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1671 KB)

This brochure contains trace data related information from January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014.

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Idaho Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1941 KB)

This brochure contains trace data related information from January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014.

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How to Conduct a Firearms Inventory, ATF P 5380.2 (207 KB)
This publication provides guidelines on how to conduct a firearms inventory.
Firearms Guide
How ATF Traces Firearms (297 KB)

A firearm is recovered by law enforcement. ATF receives recovery information in e-Trace. Trace reveals origin of firearm manufacturer or importer. Trace leads to the original Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) * FFL manually looks through firearm transaction records to find the first purchaser. ** The first purchaser is identified and the investigative process is initiated. ** 364,000+ trace requests in FY14.

* Not all traces may lead to original FFL; sales sometimes lead beyond that to a subsequent FFL.

** First purchaser is not always identified, sometimes traces lead to a more recent purchaser or an unlicensed purchaser.

News Guide
Hawaii Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1945 KB)

This brochure contains trace data related information from January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014.

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Hawaii Firearms Statutes and Codes (277 KB)
Firearms Statutes and Codes.
Firearms Guide
Gun Shows: Brady Checks and Crime Gun Traces (1/99) (220 KB)
The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (Brady Act) provides crucial information about firearms buyers to Federal firearms licensees (FFLs), but does not help nonlicensees to identify prohibited purchasers. Under the Brady Act, FFLs contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to ensure that a purchaser is not a felon or otherwise prohibited from possessing firearms. Until the Brady Act was passed, the only way an FFL could determine whether a purchaser was a felon or other person prohibited from possessing firearms was on the basis of the customer's self-certification.
Resource Center Guide
Gun Free School Zone Notice (ATF P 5310.1) (934 KB)
This notice provides information about the laws and public responsibility regarding firearms near to or in school zones. 
Firearms Guide
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
Guam Firearms Statutes and Codes (203 KB)
Firearms Statutes and Codes.
Firearms Guide
Guam and North Mariana Islands Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1921 KB)

This brochure contains trace data related information from January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014.

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Georgia Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1792 KB)

This brochure contains trace data related information from January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014.

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Georgia Firearms Statutes and Codes (294 KB)
Firearms Statutes and Codes.
Firearms Guide
florida051017.pdf (60 KB) May 2017 Location of Abandoned/Unclaimed property by state. Resource Center Report
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