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 They may also be rescinded or modified at ATF’s discretion.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

Titlesort descending Description Category Document Type
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter – August 1998 (35 KB)
What’s In This Issue: NATIONAL INSTANT CRIMINAL BACKGROUND SYSTEM (NICS); NEW FIREARMS TRANSACTION RECORD; REPORTING MULTIPLE SALES OR OTHER DISPOSITIONS OF PISTOLS AND REVOLVERS; FIREARMS SALES TO FOREIGN NATIONALS; AGE RESTRICTION REMINDER; RESOLUTION OF MODERN MUZZLE LOADING COURT CASE; NATIONAL FIREARMS ACT (NFA) INFORMATION; LIMITED TO USE AS SALES SAMPLE; IMPORTING INFORMATION; RESTRICTED REGISTRATION –Possession limited to continued compliance with provisions of Public Law 99-308; Applications to Import Sales samples of Machineguns; Semiautomatic Assault Weapons imported temporarily for repair; Applications to import U.S.-origin Significant Military Equipment; Importation of Firearms for Display at Industry Trade Shows; Surplus military curio or relic firearms; FFL OR INTERSTATE THEFT PROCEDURES AND INFORMATION; FFL CONCERNS AND ALERTS;
Firearms Newsletter
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter-August 2005 (978 KB) What’s In This Issue: CERTIFIED FAXED COPIES OF LICENSES; HOW TO REPORT THE THEFT OR LOSS OF A FIREARM; NATIVE AMERICAN IDENTIFICATION CARDS; TEEN GETS LIFE IN PRISON IN MURDER OF INKSTER GUN DEALER; INTERNET SALES OF FIREARMS; FIVE INDICTED ON FIREARMS TRAFFICKING AND DRUG CHARGES; DEALERS IN BLACK POWDER; NON IMMIGRANT ALIENS AND NICS ALTERNATIVE PERMIT; FBI/NICS Firearms Newsletter
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter-December 2002 (203 KB) What’s In This Issue: INS-ISSUED ALIEN NUMBERS AND ADMISSION NUMBERS; CHANGE OF ADDRESS REQUIRES AMENDED LICENSE; PROVIDING COPIES OF ATF FORM 4473 AS PART OF COUPON/REBATE OFFERS; “CONTIGUOUS STATE”; DISTRIBUTION OF EXPLOSIVE PEST CONTROL DEVICES AT GUN SHOWS; ELECTRONIC VERSIONS OF ATF FORM 4473; ELECTRONIC VERSIONS OF ATF FORM 4473; QUESTIONS TO THE EDITOR; NICS DENIALS OF PAWN REDEMPTIONS; TRANSFERS TO ALIENS UNDER A NONIMMIGRANT VISA – AN UPDATE; QUICK ACTION PAYS DIVIDENDS; RECORDING FIREARMS SERIAL NUMBERS; RUSSIAN AIR GUNS AND DUMMY GUNS MANUFACTURED WITH PROHIBITED FIREARM COMPONENT PARTS AND/OR FIREARM RECEIVERS; STREETSWEEPER UPDATE; FBI/NICS Firearms Newsletter
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter-February 1999 (160 KB)
What’s In This Issue: FFL NEWSLETTER PREVIOUS EDITIONS; CANADIAN FIREARMS ISSUES; ATF DISTRIBUTION CENTER; NICS AND RETURNED FIREARMS ISSUES; AGE RESTRICTIONS ON FIREARMS TRANSACTIONS; MODERN MUZZLELOADING ISSUES; SECURE GUN STORAGE DEVICES AMENDMENT; RELIEF OF DISABILITY INFORMATION; NONRESIDENT ALIEN PROHIBITED PERSON CATEGORY; GUNSHOWS AND EVENTS; SALES OF SEMIAUTOMATIC ASSAULT WEAPONS TO LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS; SALES OF LARGE CAPACITY AMMUNITION FEEDING DEVICES TO CAMPUS POLICE DEPARTMENTS; LARGE CAPACITY AMMUNITION FEEDING DEVICE MARKINGS; LICENSEES WHO DISCONTINUE BUSINESS; LICENSEE ADDRESS AND MAIL DELIVERY ISSUES
Firearms Newsletter
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter-February 2005 (92 KB) INFORMATION ON NEW ATF FORM 4473; SALES OF FIREARMS TO LICENSED COLLECTORS OF CURIOS AND RELICS; NICS E-CHECK TRANSFER PROCESS; 2005 PRESIDENTS’ DAY WEEKEND 24-HOUR OUTAGE; MUZZLE LOADING FIREARMS; PROVIDING A PROSPECTIVE TRANSFEREE THE NICS TRANSACTION NUMBER (NTN); ARREST MADE IN MURDER OF INKSTER GUN DEALER; SEMIAUTOMATIC ASSAULT WEAPON (SAW) BAN; IMPORTATION; RETIRED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS; ASSEMBLY OF NON-SPORTING SHOTGUNS AND SEMIAUTOMATIC RIFLES FROM IMPORTED PARTS; NATIONAL FIREARMS ACT; LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS; EFFECT ON STATE LAW; FBI/NICS Firearms Newsletter
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter-May 2001 (177 KB)
What’s In This Issue: TRANSFERS TO ALIENS INA NONIMMIGRANT STATUS; NEW ADDRESS FOR OUT OF BUSINESS RECORDS CENTER; COMPUTERIZED ACQUISITION AND DISPOSITION RECORDS; AUCTIONING FIREARMS; CORPORATE MERGERS SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACT STATUS OF FEDERAL LICENSES; TRANSFERS OF NATIONAL FIREARMS ACT FIREARMS IN DECEDENT’S ESTATES; IMPORTATION OF CERTAIN FRAMES, RECEIVERS AND BARRELS; QUESTIONS TO THE EDITOR; FBI/NICS
Firearms Newsletter
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter-November 2009 (406 KB) What’s In This Issue: Protecting America; ATF Strives to Improve Customer Service Through Online Notification; Pistol Grips and Shotguns; Improving Firearms Security; Here Are Some Reminders for Completing ATF Form 4473; FFL Newsletter Questions; NFA Forms and Their Use; Clarification on Submission of Multiple Handgun Sale Forms: ATF Encourages Support of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC); FBI/NICS News Firearms Newsletter
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter-September 1999 (50 KB)
What’s In This Issue: NATIONAL INSTANT CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK SYSTEM (NICS) AND THE BRADY HANDGUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION ACT (BRADY); ATF FORM 4473 COMPLETION AND NICS CHECKS; NICS ENROLLMENT BY LICENSEES; SALES TO LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS; REQUIRED IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENT; ATF FORM 4473 COMPLETION ERRORS AND NICS; NICS AND THE 3-DAY WAIT; NICS AND POTENTIAL “STRAW TRANSACTIONS; LICENSEE FINES, SUSPENSION, AND/OR REVOCATION FOR NICS VIOLATIONS; NICS AND COLLECTORS OF CURIO AND RELIC FIREARMS; SPECIAL NOTICES; NATIONAL INSTANT CRIMINAL BACKGROUNDCHECK SYSTEM (NICS) NEWS
Firearms Newsletter
Federal Firearms Newsletter - July 2017 (1106 KB)

What's in this issue: Announcement - ATF stands up the National Firearms Act (NFA) Division; Firearm Thefts & Burglaries; Burglary and Robbery Statistics; ATF Ruling 2016-1; ATF Ruling 2016-2; ATF Ruling 2016-3; ATF Ruling 2016-5; Revised ATF form 4473 (Firearms Transaction Record); Rental of Firearms On-Premises; Rental of Firearms Off-Premises; FFLs are Responsible for Retrieving Status when Using E-Check; Tips from the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Section; Gun Shows

Firearms Newsletter
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
FFL Newsletter - September 2016 (168 KB)
In this issue: FFL Advisory - Attempted Thefts of Firearms, NFA Trust "41 F", Theft/Loss in Transit Ruling, and much more!
Firearms Newsletter
ffl_type_by_state_04102017.pdf (35 KB) Report of Active Firearms Licenses - License Type by State Statistics - April 2017 Firearms Report
Firearm Trace Data for Central America for CY 16.pdf (755 KB)
International Trace Statistics for Central America CY 16.
Firearms Report
Firearm Types Recovered and Traced in the United States and Territories (20 KB)

This is an Excel spreadsheet containing the type of firearms that have been traced and recovered in the U.S. and territories from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.

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Firearms Commerce in the U.S. Annual Statistical Update - 2013 (638 KB) Firearms Report
Firearms Commerce in the U.S.-Annual Statistical Update 2012 (837 KB) Resource Center Report
Firearms Commerce in the United States-2011 (873 KB) Firearms Report
Firearms Newsletter Index.pdf (184 KB) This document provides information about the date of the applicable newsletters and specific topic found within those newsletters. Firearms Newsletter
Firearms Trace Data for Canada CY 11-16.pdf (832 KB)
International Trace Statistics for CY 11 - 16 for Canada.
Firearms Report
Firearms Trace Data for Mexico for CY 11-16.pdf (753 KB)
International Trace Statistics for Mexico for CY 11-16.
Firearms Report
Firearms Trace Data for the Caribbean for CY 16.pdf (5873 KB)
International Trace Statistics for the Caribbean for CY 16.
Firearms Report
firearms-importation-verification-guidebook--policies-procedures.pdf (554 KB)

ATF Guidebook: Importation & Verification of Firearms, Ammunition, and Implements of War: Policies and Procedures

Resource Center Guide
firearms_commerce_report_2020.pdf (2914 KB)

2020 Firearms Commerce Report in the United States.

Firearms Report
Fireworks (Presentation - Sept. 2020) (1339 KB)

This presentation on fireworks provides an overview of the classification of explosive materials and exemptions under Part 555. The presentation also addresses storage, identifying appropriate Tables of Distances and determining if a variance to deviate from the regulations might be needed.

Explosives Guide
Florida Firearms Statutes and Codes (728 KB)
Firearms Statutes and Codes.
Firearms Guide
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