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 They may also be rescinded or modified at ATF’s discretion.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 ascending Description Category Document Type
Georgia Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1792 KB)

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

About ATF Report
Georgia Firearms Statutes and Codes (294 KB)
Firearms Statutes and Codes.
Firearms Guide
General Variance Requests (Presentation - Sept. 10, 2020) (2756 KB)

This presentation details when a variance to deviate from the explosives regulations may be requested, to whom they may be issued, where to direct such requests and documentation from the requestor to assist in evaluation of those requests.

Explosives Guide
florida051017.pdf (60 KB) May 2017 Location of Abandoned/Unclaimed property by state. Resource Center Report
Florida Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1742 KB)

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

About ATF Report
Florida Firearms Statutes and Codes (728 KB)
Firearms Statutes and Codes.
Firearms Guide
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
firearms_commerce_report_2020.pdf (2914 KB)

2020 Firearms Commerce Report in the United States.

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 Trace Data for the Caribbean for CY 16.pdf (5873 KB)
International Trace Statistics for the Caribbean for CY 16.
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 Canada CY 11-16.pdf (832 KB)
International Trace Statistics for CY 11 - 16 for Canada.
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 Commerce in the United States-2011 (873 KB) Firearms Report
Firearms Commerce in the U.S.-Annual Statistical Update 2012 (837 KB) Resource Center Report
Firearms Commerce in the U.S. Annual Statistical Update - 2013 (638 KB) 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.

About ATF Report
Firearm Trace Data for Central America for CY 16.pdf (755 KB)
International Trace Statistics for Central America CY 16.
Firearms Report
ffl_type_by_state_04102017.pdf (35 KB) Report of Active Firearms Licenses - License Type by State Statistics - April 2017 Firearms Report
ffl_guide.pdf (2397 KB)

We’ve put together this guide to educate federal firearms licensees (FFLs) on how to facilitate private party sales of firearms. When individuals decide to use FFLs to facilitate the private sale of their firearms, it can enhance public safety, assist law enforcement, and help ensure firearms end up only in the hands of those who are legally allowed to possess them.

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
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
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 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 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
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