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 They may also be rescinded or modified at ATF’s discretion.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
Wisconsin Firearms Statutes and Codes (603 KB)
Firearms Statutes and Codes.
Firearms Guide
Washington Firearms Statutes and Codes (630 KB)
Firearms Statutes and Codes.
Firearms Guide
Alaska Firearms Statutes and Codes (300 KB)
Firearms Statutes and Codes.
Firearms Guide
Arizona Firearms Statutes and Codes (462 KB)
Firearms Statutes and Codes.
Firearms Guide
American Samoa Firearms Statutes and Codes (191 KB)
Firearms Statutes and Codes.
Firearms Guide
Tennessee Firearms Statutes and Codes (286 KB)
Firearms Statutes and Codes.
Firearms Guide
Alabama Firearms Statutes and Codes (470 KB)
Firearms Statutes and Codes.
Firearms Guide
Hawaii Firearms Statutes and Codes (277 KB)
Firearms Statutes and Codes.
Firearms Guide
Guam Firearms Statutes and Codes (203 KB)
Firearms Statutes and Codes.
Firearms Guide
Type 3 Magazines (Presentation - Sept. 10, 2020) (262 KB)

This presentation provides an overview of Type 3 magazine construction, reporting requirements and use intended for temporary attended storage on a worksite. 

Explosives Guide
Underground Storage (Presentation - Sept. 18, 2020) (2238 KB)

This presentation provides a history of the implementation of the Safe Explosives Act, the intention of the legislation and the authority of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to regulate the storage of explosives, above ground or underground. Through a Memorandum of Understanding with ATF, the Mine Safety and Health Administration will inspect underground explosives storage sites for compliance with 27 CFR part 555, subpart K, Storage and will cite for any violations.

Explosives Guide
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
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
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
Employee Possessor (Presentation - Sept. 18, 2020) (272 KB)

This presentation defines an Employee Possessor and provides the procedures for reporting Employee Possessors to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the clearance process, and at what point an employee may possess explosives.

Explosives Guide
Federal Explosives Licensing Center (FELC) (Presentation - Sept. 2020) (326 KB)

This presentation provides an overview of the Federal Explosives Licensing Center’s (FELC)responsibilities for reviewing and processing all new applications for federal explosives licenses and/or permits as well as renewals, the background check process, and ensuring sufficiency of information received.

Explosives Guide
Facilitating Private Sales: A Federal Firearms Licensee Guide (2397 KB)

We’ve put together this guide to educate federal firearms licensees (FFLs) on how to facilitate private party sales of firearms. When individuals decide to use FFLs to facilitate the private sale of their firearms, it can enhance public safety, assist law enforcement, and help ensure firearms end up only in the hands of those who are legally allowed to possess them.

Firearms Guide
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter - January 2007 (7709 KB)

What’s In This Issue: Federal Firearms License Enhancement; Scanned or emailed copies of federal Firearms Licenses; New email Service Available to Federal Firearms Licensees; Violent Crime Impact teams Stop Criminals From Unlawfully Engaging in the Business of Dealing in Firearms; Changes and Improvements to eZ Check; Requirements of Pawn Dealers Performing a Pre-Pawn NICS Check; Results from FY-05 firearms Compliance Inspections; ATF Requirement to Update Licensee Contact Information; ATF Form 4473 Completion and NICS Check; FBI/NICS News

Firearms Newsletter
Delaware Firearms Statutes and Codes (291 KB)
Firearms Statutes and Codes.
Firearms Guide
Arkansas Firearms Statutes and Codes (271 KB)
Arkansas Firearms Statutes and Codes,
Firearms Guide
Georgia Firearms Statutes and Codes (339 KB)
Firearms Statutes and Codes.
Firearms Guide
Colorado Firearms Statutes and Codes (723 KB)
Firearms Statutes and Codes,
Firearms Guide
Connecticut Firearms Statutes and Codes (659 KB)
Firearms Statutes and Codes.
Firearms Guide
District of Columbia Firearms Statutes and Codes (920 KB)
Firearms Statutes and Codes.
Firearms Guide
Utah Firearms Statutes and Codes (464 KB)
Firearms Statutes and Codes.
Firearms Guide
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