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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 They may also be rescinded or modified at ATF’s discretion.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
Rhode Island Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1489 KB)

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

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South Carolina Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1778 KB)

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

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South Dakota Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1620 KB)

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

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Tennessee Firearms Trace Data - 2014 (1571 KB) This brochure contains trace data from January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014. About ATF Report
Texas Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1569 KB)

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

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US Virgin Islands Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1842 KB)

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

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Utah Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1703 KB)

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

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Vermont Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1411 KB)

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

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Virginia Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (7143 KB)

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

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Washington Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1897 KB)

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

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West Virginia Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1764 KB)

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

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Wisconsin Firearms Trace Data - 2014 (1611 KB) This brochure contains trace data related information from January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014. About ATF Report
Wyoming Firearms Trace Data - 2014 (1717 KB) This brochure contains trace data related information from January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014. About ATF Report
Age of Possessor - Firearms Recovered and Traced in the United States and Territories (19 KB) About ATF Report
Categories Associated with Firearms Recovered and Traced in the United States and Territories (33 KB) About ATF 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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Number of Firearms Sourced and Recovered in the United States and Territories (30 KB)

This is an Excel spreadsheet containing a source and recovery states for 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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Time to Crime - Firearms Recovered and Traced in the United States and Territories (19 KB)

This is an Excel spreadsheet containing a numerical list of how many firearms have been traced and recovered in the U.S. and territories between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

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Top Calibers Recovered and Traced in the United States and Territories (26 KB)

This is an Excel spreadsheet containing a numerical list of how many specific calibers have been traced and recovered in the U.S. and territories from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.

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Explosives Industry Newsletter - August 2015 (406 KB)
What’s in this Issue:  New Acting Director; New Assistant Director, Enforcement; Programs and Services; New Chief of EIPB; Magazine Identification Program; Less Lethal Devices; Fireworks Reminders; NPRM to Remove Reference Note; Marking and Recording Bulk Explosives; Internal Transfers of Explosives; Plywood, Hardwood and ATF Ruling 76-18; Using Commercial Records Explosives Thefts—2013 thru 2014
Explosives Newsletter
Nebraska Firearms Trace Data - 2014 (1755 KB) This brochure contains trace data from January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014. About ATF Report
ATF P 5310.2 - Do I need a license to buy or sell firearms? (1401 KB)
ATF guidance to help the public understand when those who buy and sell firearms must have a federal firearms license.
Firearms Guide
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
Explanation of the Hearing Process (1116 KB)
This is a brochure provides general guidance and an overivew of the hearing process for Federal firearms licensees (FFLs). 
Firearms Guide
Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act Information Guide (297 KB)

The Attorney General has delegated the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to administer and enforce the PACT Act. ATF is providing this document on the PACT Act’s amendments to the Jenkins Act (15 U.S.C. §375-378), which governs the collection of taxes on, and trafficking in, cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. There are specified responsibilities that require independent action, coordination of efforts, and information sharing.

PACT Act Law

Alcohol & Tobacco Guide
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