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.
|1975-1-Penguns Classified as Firearms (902 KB)||
This circular announces the reclassification of small caliber weapons (such as penguns) ostensibly designed to expel only tear gas, similar substances or pyrotechnic signals, which may be converted to expel a projectile by means of an explosive, as firearms.
|ATF Industry Circular 89-6: Facsimile Transmitted Copies (1365 KB)||
The purpose of this circular is to advise industry members that an ATF ruling will be published in a future issue of the ATF Quarterly Bulletin. The ruling will read substantially as follows: The ATF has been asked whether certain forms and other documents could optionally be transmitted to the Bureau by means of facsimile machines.
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|Congressional Budget Submission 2017 (819 KB)||About ATF||Report|
|Congressional Budget Submission 2018 (686 KB)||About ATF||Report|
|Congressional Budget Submission 2019 (1133 KB)||About ATF||Report|
|Congressional Budget Exhibits 2017 (428 KB)||About ATF||Report|
|Congressional Budget Exhibits 2018 (267 KB)||About ATF||Report|
|Congressional Budget Exhibits 2019 (236 KB)||About ATF||Report|
|2015 USBDC Explosive Incident Report (1490 KB)||
The annual Explosives Incident Report (EIR) reviews bombing and explosives related incident and threat from information reported to the United States Bomb Data Center through the Bomb Arson Tracking System (BATS).
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|2020 Firearms Commerce Report (2914 KB)||
2020 Firearms Commerce Report in the United States.
|2016 USBDC Arson Incident Report (3170 KB)||Resource Center||Report|
|2018 USBDC Arson Incident Report (6708 KB)||Resource Center||Report|
|FFL Theft/Loss Report - All States - 2017 (284 KB)||Resource Center||Report|
|Explanation of the Hearing Process (336 KB)||
This is a brochure provides general guidance and an overview of the hearing process for federal firearms licensees (FFLs).
|2019 Annual Firearms Manufacturers and Export Report (AFMER) (4574 KB)||Resource Center||Report|
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|firearms-importation-verification-guidebook--policies-procedures.pdf (554 KB)||
ATF Guidebook: Importation & Verification of Firearms, Ammunition, and Implements of War: Policies and Procedures
|TD 439: Delegation of Authority in Part 170 (Effective: 02/02/01) (88 KB)||
This final rule places all ATF authorities contained in part 170, title 27 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), with the ‘‘appropriate ATF officer’’ and requires that persons file documents required by 27 CFR part 170, with the ‘‘appropriate ATF officer.’’ also, this final rule removes the definitions of, and references to, specific officers subordinate to the Director.
|TD-463: Rules of Practice in Permit Proceedings; Recodification of Regulations (Published: 8/15/01) (86 KB)||
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is recodifying the regulations pertaining to the rules of practice in permit proceedings.