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 They may also be rescinded or modified at ATF’s discretion.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

Title Description Category Document Type
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
Publication on National Response Team (ATF P 3510.1) (9227 KB)

This publication describes the National Response Team (NRT) and its functions and responsibilities.

Resource Center Report
ATF P 5300.21: Best Practices: Transfers of Firearms by Private Sellers (165 KB)
This publication provides best practices in regards to transfers of firearms by private sellers.
Firearms 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
National Firearms Act Branch (ATF P 5320.6) (1648 KB) This brochure provides information about ATF's National Firearms Act (NFA) Branch. Firearms Guide
Publication on Safety and Security Information for Federal Explosives Licensees and Permittees (ATF P 5400.15) (1779 KB)
This document provides all members of the explosives industry with the importance of employing security safeguards over explosives materials.
 
Explosives Guide
Publication on Voluntary Steps to Prepare for a Pending Natural Disaster (ATF P 5400.16) (921 KB)
Voluntary Steps for Federal Explosives Licensees and Permittees to prepare for and recover from natural disasters.
Explosives Guide
Publication on Explosives Magazine Construction Requirements (ATF P 5400.17) (526 KB)
This publication provides information on magazine explosives classes and storage requirements.
Explosives Guide
Publication on Daily Summary of Magazine Transactions (DSMT) (ATF P 5400.18) (2005 KB)
This publication provides information on Daily Summary of Magazine Transactions (DSMT), which is a running balance of explosive materials in a magazine and includes a must have listing.
Explosives Guide
Recordkeeping Requirements for Explosive Material Manufacturers (ATF P 5400.19) (4772 KB)
This publication identifies what licensed manufacturers must do for compliance, as per the Federal explosives regulations at 27 CFR, Part 555.
 
 
Explosives Guide
Recordkeeping Requirements for Explosive Material Importers (ATF P 5400.21) (3763 KB)
This publication defines what each federally licensed importer must do for compliance, as per the Federal explosives regulations at 27 CFR, Part 555.
Explosives Guide
Recordkeeping Requirements for Dealers of Explosive Materials (ATF P 5400.22) (4851 KB)
This publication defines what federally licensed explosives dealers must do for compliance, as per the Federal explosives regulations at 27 CFR, Part 555.
Explosives Guide
Protection Orders and Federal Firearms Prohibitions (ATF I 3310.2) (143 KB)
A qualifying court order may be issued by a criminal court or civil court, such as divorce court, family court, magistrate or general jurisdiction court.  The following list enumerates the elements that define a qualifying protection order under the Federal firearms prohibition.
Resource Center Guide
Misdemeanor Crimes of Domestic Violence and Federal Firearms Prohibitions (ATF I 3310.3) (113 KB)
A qualifying court order may be issued by a criminal court or civil court, such as divorce court, family court, magistrate or general jurisdiction court.  The following list enumerates the elements that define a qualifying protection order under the Federal firearms prohibition.
Resource Center Guide
ATF I 3310.4 — Federal Firearms Prohibitions Under 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(4) – Persons Adjudicated as a Mental Defective or Committed to a Mental Institution (100 KB)
Any person who has been "adjudicated as a mental defective" or "committed to a mental institution" is prohibited under Federal law from shipping, transporting, receiving, or possessing any firearm or ammunition. Violation of this Federal offense is punishable by a fine of $250,000 and/or imprisonment of up to ten years.
Resource Center Guide
ATF I 5300.2 — Youth Handgun Safety Act Notice (97 KB)
Federal law prohibits, except in certain limited circumstances, anyone under 18 years of age from knowingly possessing a handgun, or any person from selling, delivering, or otherwise transferring a handgun to a person under 18. A knowing violation of the prohibition against selling, delivering, or otherwise transferring a handgun to a person under the age of 18 is, under certain circumstances, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Firearms Guide
ATF I 5400.4 — Safe Explosives Act Informational Poster (15 KB) After May 24, 2003, you will no longer be able to purchase or receive explosives without a Federal license or permit. This includes explosives purchases within your own State. Explosives 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
Procedures for Requesting Computerized Bookkeeping Variance (41 KB) This document provides information regarding the procedure for requesting a computerized bookkeeping variance.  Firearms Guide
Memorandum of the Pledge to Applicants (388 KB)

The Office of Personnel Management, in conjunction with the Partnership for Public Service, has issued a pledge to those individuals seeking jobs with the Federal Government. The Department  of Justice fully supports this pledge and will strive to fulfill all of its components. To attract talented people to the service of the Nation, we believe the application process should enable rather than deter job seekers. To that end, we will work to ensure a process that reflects these principles.

Careers Report
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter - August 1996 (113 KB)
What’s In This Issue: Brady; The Net; New Faces; Address Changes; Improving Firearms Security; Fingerprints; Letters of Authorization; Classification of Gas/Flare Guns with Anti-Personnel Ammunition as Destructive Devices; Processing Applications and Notices Associated with National Firearms Act Weapons Transactions; ATF Distribution Center; Gun Shows; All Dealers Must Display Licenses
Firearms Newsletter
TD-476: Correction (Published: 4/26/02) (6 KB)

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms published a final rule in the April 15, 2002, Federal Register concerning the delegation of the Director’s authorities in its exportation of liquors regulations.

Resource Center Report
Notice 899 (246 KB)

The Gang Resistance Education and Training Program: Availability of Financial Assistance, Criteria and Application Procedures Comments are due on or before August 10, 2000. To submit a comment electronically, use http://www.regulations.gov. To submit comments by mail or fax, please see the instructions included within the notice. To view all comments and documents associated with this notice, go to http://www.regulations.gov and enter Notice 899.

Resource Center Report
Notice 862 (18 KB)
Implementation of Pub. L. 104-208, the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997 - Comments are due on or before September 28, 1998. To submit a comment electronically, use http://www.regulations.gov. To submit comments by mail or fax, please see the instructions included within the notice. To view all comments and documents associated with this notice, go to http://www.regulations.gov and enter Notice 862.
Resource Center Report
Notice 26A (150 KB) Separation Distances of Ammonium Nitrate and Blasting Agents from Explosives or Blasting Agents;(Comment Period closes 12/15/2010) Explosives Report
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