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 They may also be rescinded or modified at ATF’s discretion.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
Federal Firearms Regulations Reference Guide - 2014 Edition (ATF P 5300.4) (3512 KB)

The 2014 edition of the Federal Firearms Regulations Reference Guide contains information that will help you comply with Federal laws and regulations governing the manufacture, importation and distribution of firearms and ammunition. This edition contains new and amended statutes enacted since publication of the 2005 edition, as well as updated regulations and rulings issued by ATF.

Firearms Guide
FFL Newsletter - September 2016 (168 KB)
In this issue: FFL Advisory - Attempted Thefts of Firearms, NFA Trust "41 F", Theft/Loss in Transit Ruling, and much more!
Firearms Newsletter
ffl_guide.pdf (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
ffl_type_by_state_04102017.pdf (35 KB) Report of Active Firearms Licenses - License Type by State Statistics - April 2017 Firearms Report
Firearm Trace Data for Central America for CY 16.pdf (755 KB)
International Trace Statistics for Central America CY 16.
Firearms Report
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.

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Firearms Commerce in the U.S. Annual Statistical Update - 2013 (643 KB) Firearms Report
Firearms Commerce in the U.S.-Annual Statistical Update 2012 (834 KB) Resource Center Report
Firearms Commerce in the United States-2011 (732 KB) Firearms Report
Firearms Newsletter Index.pdf (445 KB) This document provides information about the date of the applicable newsletters and specific topic found within those newsletters. 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
Florida Firearms Statutes and Codes (364 KB)
Firearms Statutes and Codes.
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
Georgia Firearms Statutes and Codes (294 KB)
Firearms Statutes and Codes.
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.

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Guam Firearms Statutes and Codes (172 KB)
Firearms Statutes and Codes.
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 (215 KB)
Firearms Statutes and Codes.
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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