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 They may also be rescinded or modified at ATF’s discretion.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
ATF Quarterly Bulletin 2001, Volume 1 (102 KB) The Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Quarterly Bulletin is the authoritative instrument of the Bureau for announcing official rulings and procedures, and for publishing Treasury decisions, legislation, administrative matters, and other items of general interest. It incorporates, into one publication, matters of the Bureau, which are of public record. Resource Center Report
ATF Quarterly Bulletin 2000, Volume 4 (102 KB) The Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Quarterly Bulletin is the authoritative instrument of the Bureau for announcing official rulings and procedures, and for publishing Treasury decisions, legislation, administrative matters, and other items of general interest. It incorporates, into one publication, matters of the Bureau, which are of public record. Resource Center Report
ATF Quarterly Bulletin 2000, Volume 3 (102 KB) The Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Quarterly Bulletin is the authoritative instrument of the Bureau for announcing official rulings and procedures, and for publishing Treasury decisions, legislation, administrative matters, and other items of general interest. It incorporates, into one publication, matters of the Bureau, which are of public record. Resource Center Report
ATF Quarterly Bulletin 2000, Volume 2 (102 KB) The Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Quarterly Bulletin is the authoritative instrument of the Bureau for announcing official rulings and procedures, and for publishing Treasury decisions, legislation, administrative matters, and other items of general interest. It incorporates, into one publication, matters of the Bureau, which are of public record. Resource Center Report
ATF Quarterly Bulletin1998, Volume 4 (657 KB) The Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Quarterly Bulletin is the authoritative instrument of the Bureau for announcing official rulings and procedures, and for publishing Treasury decisions, legislation, administrative matters, and other items of general interest. It incorporates, into one publication, matters of the Bureau, which are of public record. Resource Center Report
ATF Quarterly Bulletin 1999, Volume 1 (898 KB) The Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Quarterly Bulletin is the authoritative instrument of the Bureau for announcing official rulings and procedures, and for publishing Treasury decisions, legislation, administrative matters, and other items of general interest. It incorporates, into one publication, matters of the Bureau, which are of public record. Resource Center Report
ATF Quarterly Bulletin 1998, Volume 3 (669 KB) The Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Quarterly Bulletin is the authoritative instrument of the Bureau for announcing official rulings and procedures, and for publishing Treasury decisions, legislation, administrative matters, and other items of general interest. It incorporates, into one publication, matters of the Bureau, which are of public record. Resource Center Report
NIBIN Newsletter - March 2015 (413 KB)

At the June 2014 NIBIN User Congress in Phoenix, AZ, the NIBIN Program presented information on three major infrastructure upgrades that were in the works.

Firearms Newsletter
NIBIN Newsletter - September 2014 (458 KB)

In this issue: Update - NIBIN Security System and Upgrades; Entering Confirmed and Unconfirmed Hits in IBIS; and Backlogs - The Big "What if..."

Firearms Newsletter
All FELs-Feb2009-Open Letter-Explosives Storage Security Reminder (58 KB)

ATF would like to remind all Federal explosives licensees and permittees of the importance of security at their explosives storage sites, and we advise all industry members to take heightened security precautions in light of thefts along the Mexican border.

Explosives Report
TD-411: Technical Amendments to 27 CFR part 178 (Published: 04/09/99 – Effective: 04/09/99) (19 KB) This Treasury decision changes the titles "Regional Director (Compliance)" to "Director of Industry Operations" and "Chief, Firearms and Explosives Licensing Center" to "Chief, National Licensing Center." It also replaces the term "region" with "division" and the term "regional counsel" with "Assistant Chief Counsel and Division Counsel." Finally, the decision replaces the words "local ATF office (compliance)" with "local ATF office." The changes are to provide clarity and uniformity throughout Title 27 Code of Federal Regulations
(CFR).
Resource Center Report
TD-409: Delegation of Authority for ATF. (Published: 03/22/99 – Effective: 03/22/99) (76 KB) This final rule places most ATF authorities contained in part 24, title 27 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), with the appropriate ATF officer and requires that persons
file documents required by part 24, title 27 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), with the appropriate ATF officer or in accordance with the instructions on the ATF form. Also, this final rule removes the definitions of, and references to, specific officers subordinate to the Director.
 
Resource Center Report
TD 422: Implementation of Public Law 105-33, Section 9302, Requiring the Qualification of Tobacco Product Importers and Miscellaneous Technical Amendments (395 KB)

This temporary rule implements some of the provisions of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. The new law sets forth the requirement that, beginning January 1, 2000, importers of tobacco products qualify for a permit to conduct that activity. Implementing changes, including a transitional rule, are made to part 275. In addition, clarifying changes are made to part 275. In the Proposed Rules section of this Federal Register, ATF is also issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking inviting comments on this temporary rule for a 60-day period following the publication of this temporary rule.

Resource Center Report
TD-404: This final rule amends regulations relating to the manufacturers excise tax on firearms and ammunition. (Published: 10/01/98 – Effective: 11/30/98) (70 KB)

This final rule amends regulations relating to the manufacturers excise tax on firearms and ammunition. Under 26 U.S.C. 4181, a tax is imposed on the sale by the manufacturer, importer or producer of firearms, shells, and cartridges. The tax is 10 percent of the sale price for pistols and revolvers, 11 percent for firearms (other than pistols and revolvers), and 11 percent for shells and cartridges. Current regulations provide that no tax is imposed by section 4181 on the sale of parts or accessories of firearms, pistols, revolvers, shells, and cartridges when sold separately or when sold with a complete firearm. This final rule amends the regulations to clarify which parts and accessories must be included in the sale price when calculating the tax on firearms.

Rules and Regulations Report
TD-402: Posting of Signs and Written Notification to Purchasers of Handguns (Published: 07/13/98 – Effective: 09/11/98) (70 KB)

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is amending the firearms regulations to require that signs be posted on the premises of Federal firearms licensees and that written notification be issued with each handgun sold advising of the provisions of the Youth Handgun Safety Act.

Rules and Regulations Report
TD-400: This final rule amends regulations to clarify the meanings of terms, increase license and permit fees, eliminate duplication in licensing, relax the licensing requirements for on-site manufacturers, implement a storage notification requirement (104 KB)

This final rule amends regulations to clarify the meanings of terms, increase license and permit fees, eliminate duplication in licensing, relax the licensing requirements for on-site manufacturers, implement a storage notification requirement for manufacturers and other storers of explosives, update the theft/loss hotline number for reporting thefts or losses of explosives, and make minor modifications to regulations on storage.

Explosives Report
TD-396: Implementation of Public Law 103-322, the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (Published: 03/16/98 – Effective: 05/15/98) (62 KB)

These final regulations implement the provisions of Public Law 103-322, the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. This Treasury decision adopts the regulations substantially as proposed in Notice No. 807, as amended by Notice No. 833.

Resource Center Report
TD-391: Definitions for the Categories of Persons Prohibited From Receiving Firearms (Published: 06/27/97 – Effective: 08/26/97) (99 KB)

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is amending the regulations to provide definitions for the categories of persons prohibited from receiving or possessing firearms. The definitions will facilitate the implementation of the national instant criminal  background check system (NICS) required under the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act.

Resource Center Report
TD-389: Residency Requirements for Persons Acquiring Firearms; Temporary Rule and Proposed Rule Published: 04/21/97 – Effective: 04/21/97) (70 KB)

This temporary rule amends the regulations to provide for a firearms purchaser's affirmative statement of his or her State of residence on ATF Form 4473 (Firearms Transaction Record) and ATF Form 5300.35 (Statement of Intent to Obtain a Handgun) in acquiring a firearm from a Federal firearms licensee.

Rules and Regulations Report
Youth Crime Gun Interdiction Initiative Report 2000 (189 KB) This publication of crime gun data for calendar year 2000 marks the fourth annual compilation of firearms trace analyses since the inception of the Youth Crime Gun Interdiction Initiative (YCGII) in 1996. As the number of communities involved has increased from the original 17 to 55, so has the value of this information as a relevant tool for law enforcement. With this knowledge, communities have formulated sound gun enforcement strategies for proactive use in firearms investigations. This is a direct result of the strong partnerships our agents have forged with every participating agency. Any level of success is impossible without this valued cooperation. Firearms Report
Youth Crime Gun Interdiction Initiative Report 1998 (290 KB) This is the second year that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) has published a report on the results of crime gun traces conducted by ATF’s National Tracing Center at the request of Federal, State and local law enforcement officials participating in the Youth Crime Gun Interdiction Initiative (YCGII). Publication of this Report serves three of ATF’s critical missions: vigorous investigation of illegal transfers of firearms; assisting State and local law enforcement agencies in enforcing their firearm laws; and informing the public. Firearms Report
Youth Crime Gun Interdiction Initiative Report 1997 (279 KB) The Youth Crime Gun Interdiction Initiative is a 17-city demonstration project aimed at reducing youth firearms violence. Officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), police chiefs, local prosecutors, and U.S. attorneys are developing information about illegal trafficking of firearms to young people and new methods of reducing the illegal supply of firearms to them. The initiative was developed by ATF and its National Tracing Center, funded by the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Enforcement and the National Institute of Justice, and announced by President Clinton on July 8, 1996. Firearms Report
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
omb_1140-0079 (212 KB)

Description: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed eCollection; eComments Requested – Action: 60-day Notice of Information Collection Under Review: Transactions Among Licensees/Permittees and Transactions Among Licensees and Holders of User Permits

Summary: The Firearms & Explosives Services Division (FESD) provides dealer licensing and other services related to the importation and transfers of weapons within the firearms and explosives industry. This anonymous survey allows FESD to gauge customer satisfaction, correct potential deficiencies, and improve overall customer satisfaction.

Resource Center Report
OMB 1140-0079.pdf (212 KB)

Description: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed eCollection; eComments Requested – Action: 60-day Notice of Information Collection Under Review: Notification to Fire Safety Authority of Storage of Explosive Materials

Summary: The information is necessary for the safety of emergency response personnel responding to fires at sites where explosives are stored. The information is provided both orally and in writing to the authority having jurisdiction for fire safety in the locality in which explosives are stored.

Resource Center Report
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