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 They may also be rescinded or modified at ATF’s discretion.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
District of Columbia Firearms Statutes and Codes (365 KB)
Firearms Statutes and Codes.
Firearms Guide
Disaster Preparedness for Federal Firearms Licensees (ATF P 3317.7) (2450 KB)
This guide provides basic information for law enforcement officers who recover firearms in the performance of their duties.
Firearms Guide
Department of the Treasury Study on the Sporting Suitability of Modified Semiautomatic Assault Rifles (4/98) (3396 KB)

On November 14, 1997, the President and the Secretary of the Treasury ordered a review of the importation of certain modified versions of semi-automatic assault rifles into the United States. The decision to conduct this review stemmed in part from concerns expressed by members of Congress and others that the rifles being imported were essentially the same as semi-automatic assault rifles previously determined to be nonimportable in a 1989 decision by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). The decision also stemmed from the fact that nearly 10 years had passed since the last comprehensive review of the importation of rifles, and many new rifles had been developed during this time.

Resource Center Guide
Department of Defense Contractor Inspections: ATF Inspection Process (Firearms) (74 KB)
This document provides information on ATF’s compliance inspection process and is intended to help Federal firearms or explosives licensees who are DOD contractors prepare for and participate in an ATF compliance inspection.
Firearms Guide
Department of Defense Contractor Inspections: ATF Inspection Process (Explosives) (64 KB)
This document provides information on ATF’s compliance inspection process and is intended to help Federal firearms or explosives licensees who are DOD contractors prepare for and participate in an ATF compliance inspection.
Explosives Guide
Delaware Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1548 KB)

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

About ATF Report
Delaware Firearms Statutes and Codes (265 KB)
Firearms Statutes and Codes.
Firearms Guide
Definition and Test Procedures for Ammonium Nitrate Fertilizer (915 KB)
This booklet sets forth the and test procedures for ammonium nitrate developed by the Agricultural Nitrogen Institute, a forerunner of The Fertilizer Institute (TFI). This booklet does not pertain to blasting agents or other ammonium nitrates. Previous revisions of this booklet by TFI are dated May 1971, and January 16, 1973.
Resource Center Guide
Curios or Relics List - Update January 2009 through June 2010 (223 KB)
Firearms automatically attain curio or relic (C&R) status when they are 50 years old. Any firearm that is at least 50 years old, and in its original configuration, would qualify as a C&R firearm. It is not necessary for such firearms to be listed in ATF’s C&R list.
Firearms Guide
Curios or Relics List - Update January 2008 through June 2014.pdf (69 KB)
Firearms automatically attain curio or relic (C&R) status when they are 50 years old. Any firearm that is at least 50 years old, and in its original configuration, would qualify as a C&R firearm. It is not necessary for such firearms to be listed in ATF’s C&R list.
Firearms Guide
connecticut051017.pdf (59 KB) May 2017 Location of Abandoned/Unclaimed property by state. Resource Center Report
Connecticut Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1754 KB)

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

About ATF Report
Connecticut Firearms Statutes and Codes (516 KB)
Firearms Statutes and Codes.
Firearms Guide
congressional_budget_submission_2019.pdf (1133 KB) About ATF Report
congressional_budget_submission_2018.pdf (686 KB) About ATF Report
congressional_budget_submission_2017.pdf (819 KB) About ATF Report
congressional_budget_exhibits_2019.pdf (236 KB) About ATF Report
congressional_budget_exhibits_2018.pdf (267 KB) About ATF Report
congressional_budget_exhibits_2017.pdf (428 KB) About ATF Report
Compliance Guidelines for Federal Explosives Licensees and Permittees (ATF P 5400.23) (5083 KB)
This publication outlines and defines the compliance guidelines for federal explosive licensees and permittees, per the Federal explosives regulations at 27 CFR, Part 555.
Explosives Guide
Colorado Firearms Trace Data - 2014 (1569 KB) This brochure contains trace data related information from January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014. About ATF Report
Colorado Firearms Statutes and Codes (593 KB)
Firearms Statutes and Codes,
Firearms Guide
Categories Associated with Firearms Recovered and Traced in the United States and Territories (33 KB) About ATF Report
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
California Municipal Firearms Statutes and Codes (3306 KB)
Firearms Statutes and Codes,
Firearms Guide
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