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.

Titlesort descending Description Category Document Type
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
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
Idaho Firearms Statutes and Codes (238 KB)

From the 34th Edition of State Laws and Published Ordinances - Firearms (ATF P 5300.5)

Firearms Guide
Idaho Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1941 KB)

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

About ATF Report
Illinois Firearms Statutes and Codes (2668 KB)

From the 34th Edition of State Laws and Published Ordinances - Firearms (ATF P 5300.5)

Firearms Guide
Illinois Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1671 KB)

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

About ATF Report
Important Notice to Dealers and Other Participants at Gun Shows (ATF I 5300.23A) (290 KB)
This notice applies to activities permitted at bona fide gun shows, as defined in Title 27 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Section 478.100. Federal firearms licensees ("FFLs" or "Dealers") may only sell firearms at gun shows within the state in which their licensed premise is located. Revised June 2021.
 
Firearms Guide
Indiana Firearms Statutes and Codes (382 KB)

From the 34th Edition of State Laws and Published Ordinances - Firearms (ATF P 5300.5)

Firearms Guide
Indiana Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1722 KB)

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

About ATF Report
Institute of Makers of Explosives Safety Analysis for Risk (IMESAFR) (Presentation - September 2020) (1660 KB)

This presentation details the process for requesting a variance for deviating from the explosives regulations through use of a quantitative risk assessment software tool known as ‘Institute of Makers of Explosives Safety Analysis for Risk.'  The software tool is designed, in part, to evaluate the risks of a fatality from an accident involving stored explosives.

Explosives Guide
Iowa Firearms Statutes and Codes (317 KB)

From the 34th Edition of State Laws and Published Ordinances - Firearms (ATF P 5300.5)

Firearms Guide
Iowa Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1543 KB)

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

About ATF Report
Kansas Firearms Statutes and Codes (331 KB)

From the 34th Edition of State Laws and Published Ordinances - Firearms (ATF P 5300.5)

Firearms Guide
Kansas Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1545 KB)

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

About ATF Report
Kentucky Firearms Statutes and Codes (263 KB)

From the 34th Edition of State Laws and Published Ordinances - Firearms (ATF P 5300.5)

Firearms Guide
Kentucky Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1582 KB)

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

About ATF Report
kentucky051017.pdf (63 KB) May 2017 Location of Abandoned/Unclaimed property by state. Resource Center 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
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
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
Louisiana Firearms Statutes and Codes (308 KB)

From the 34th Edition of State Laws and Published Ordinances - Firearms (ATF P 5300.5)

Firearms Guide
Louisiana Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1727 KB)

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

About ATF Report
Maine Firearms Statutes and Codes (372 KB)

From the 34th Edition of State Laws and Published Ordinances - Firearms (ATF P 5300.5)

Firearms Guide
Maine Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1732 KB)

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

About ATF Report
Maryland Firearms Statutes and Codes (608 KB)

From the 34th Edition of State Laws and Published Ordinances - Firearms (ATF P 5300.5)

Firearms Guide
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