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 They may also be rescinded or modified at ATF’s discretion.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
Federal Firearms Licensees Newsletter - February 1979 (192 KB)
What’s In This Issue: REGISTERED FIREARMS AND WEAPONS Certain Firearms And Weapons Must Be Registered with The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; Examples Of NFA Weapons; Tax To make Or Transfer An A Weapon, By An Individual; Licensed Collectors Of Curios And Relics; Application To Make Or Transfer An NFA Weapon; Storage Of NFA Weapons; Bringing An NFA Weapon Into The United States; Turning In An Unregistered NFA Weapon; The 1968 Amnesty Period; Penalties
Firearms Newsletter
National Tracing Center – eTrace – Internet-based Firearms Tracing and Analysis (ATF P 3312.9) (998 KB)
ATF provides a paperless firearm trace submission system that is readily accessible through the internet known as eTrace. It provides the necessary utilities for submitting, retrieving, storing, and querying all firearms trace related information.
Firearms Guide
National Tracing Center – Information for Law Enforcement Agencies (ATF P 3312.7) (200 KB)
What is the National Tracing Center Division (NTC)? The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' (ATF) National Tracing Center Division (NTC) is the only organization authorized to trace U.S. and foreign manufactured firearms for international, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. 
Firearms Guide
Firearms Newsletter Index.pdf (184 KB) This document provides information about the date of the applicable newsletters and specific topic found within those newsletters. Firearms Newsletter
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
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
Wyoming Firearms Statutes and Codes (275 KB)
Firearms Statutes and Codes.
Firearms Guide
West Virginia Firearms Statutes and Codes (938 KB)
Firearms Statutes and Codes.
Firearms Guide
Vermont Firearms Statutes and Codes (288 KB)
Firearms Statutes and Codes.
Firearms Guide
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