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 They may also be rescinded or modified at ATF’s discretion.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 descending Description Category Document Type
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
Firearms Commerce in the U.S. Annual Statistical Update - 2013 (638 KB) Firearms Report
Firearms Commerce in the U.S.-Annual Statistical Update 2012 (837 KB) Resource Center Report
Firearms Commerce in the United States-2011 (873 KB) Firearms Report
Firearms Newsletter Index (184 KB)

Last updated July 2020.

Firearms Newsletter
Firearms Trace Data for Canada CY 11-16.pdf (832 KB)
International Trace Statistics for CY 11 - 16 for Canada.
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 the Caribbean for CY 16.pdf (5873 KB)
International Trace Statistics for the Caribbean for CY 16.
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
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
Florida Firearms Statutes and Codes (762 KB)

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

Firearms Guide
Florida Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1742 KB)

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

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florida051017.pdf (60 KB) May 2017 Location of Abandoned/Unclaimed property by state. Resource Center Report
FY2019 MD715 Affirmative Action Plan (61 KB)

To capture agencies’ affirmative action plan for persons with disabilities and persons with targeted disabilities, EEOC regulations (29 C.F.R. § 1614.203(e)) and MD-715 require agencies to describe how their affirmative action plan will improve the recruitment, hiring, advancement, and retention of applicants and employees with disabilities.

Careers Report
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
Georgia Firearms Statutes and Codes (368 KB)

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

Firearms Guide
Georgia Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1792 KB)

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

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Guam and North Mariana Islands Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1921 KB)

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

About ATF Report
Guam Firearms Statutes and Codes (208 KB)

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

Firearms Guide
Guidance for Requesting Marking Variances (197 KB)
Licensed manufacturers and importers are required to mark firearms manufactured or imported with specific identifying information.  ATF may authorize other means of identification ("marking variance") upon receipt of a letter application from a licensed manufacturer or importer.
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
Gun Shows: Brady Checks and Crime Gun Traces (1/99) (220 KB)
The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (Brady Act) provides crucial information about firearms buyers to Federal firearms licensees (FFLs), but does not help nonlicensees to identify prohibited purchasers. Under the Brady Act, FFLs contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to ensure that a purchaser is not a felon or otherwise prohibited from possessing firearms. Until the Brady Act was passed, the only way an FFL could determine whether a purchaser was a felon or other person prohibited from possessing firearms was on the basis of the customer's self-certification.
Resource Center Guide
Hawaii Firearms Statutes and Codes (289 KB)

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

Firearms Guide
Hawaii Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1945 KB)

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

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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.

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