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.

Titlesort descending Description Category Document Type
Guam Firearms Statutes and Codes (208 KB)

From the 34th Edition of State Laws and Published Ordinances - Firearms (ATF P 5300.5)

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 (289 KB)

From the 34th Edition of State Laws and Published Ordinances - Firearms (ATF P 5300.5)

Firearms Guide
Hawaii Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1945 KB)

This brochure contains trace data related information from January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014.

About ATF Report
How ATF Traces Firearms (297 KB)

A firearm is recovered by law enforcement. ATF receives recovery information in e-Trace. Trace reveals origin of firearm manufacturer or importer. Trace leads to the original Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) * FFL manually looks through firearm transaction records to find the first purchaser. ** The first purchaser is identified and the investigative process is initiated. ** 364,000+ trace requests in FY14.

* Not all traces may lead to original FFL; sales sometimes lead beyond that to a subsequent FFL.

** First purchaser is not always identified, sometimes traces lead to a more recent purchaser or an unlicensed purchaser.

News Guide
How to Conduct a Firearms Inventory, ATF P 5380.2 (207 KB)
This publication provides guidelines on how to conduct a firearms inventory.
Firearms Guide
Idaho Firearms Statutes and Codes (238 KB)

From the 34th Edition of State Laws and Published Ordinances - Firearms (ATF P 5300.5)

Firearms Guide
Idaho Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1941 KB)

This brochure contains trace data related information from January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014.

About ATF Report
Illinois Firearms Statutes and Codes (2668 KB)

From the 34th Edition of State Laws and Published Ordinances - Firearms (ATF P 5300.5)

Firearms Guide
Illinois Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1671 KB)

This brochure contains trace data related information from January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014.

About ATF Report
Important Notice to Dealers and Other Participants at Gun Shows (ATF I 5300.23A) (290 KB)
This notice applies to activities permitted at bona fide gun shows, as defined in Title 27 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Section 478.100. Federal firearms licensees ("FFLs" or "Dealers") may only sell firearms at gun shows within the state in which their licensed premise is located. Revised June 2021.
 
Firearms Guide
Indiana Firearms Statutes and Codes (382 KB)

From the 34th Edition of State Laws and Published Ordinances - Firearms (ATF P 5300.5)

Firearms Guide
Indiana Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1722 KB)

This brochure contains trace data related information from January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014.

About ATF Report
inspection_results_april_2022_amended.xlsx (13 KB)

April 2022 Firearms Compliance Inspection Results

Firearms Report
inspection_results_may_2022.xlsx (14 KB)

May 2022 - Firearms Compliance Inspection Results

Firearms Report
inspection_results_worksheet_december_2021.xlsx (13 KB)

Firearms Compliance Inspection Statistics December 2021

Firearms Report
inspection_results_worksheet_june_2022.xlsx (13 KB)

June 2022 Inspections Report

Firearms Report
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
Iowa Firearms Statutes and Codes (317 KB)

From the 34th Edition of State Laws and Published Ordinances - Firearms (ATF P 5300.5)

Firearms Guide
Iowa Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1543 KB)

This brochure contains trace data related information from January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014.

About ATF Report
January 2022 - Firearms Compliance Inspection Results (13 KB)

January 2022 compliance inspection results.

Firearms Report
july_2022_inspection_results_worksheet_.xlsx (13 KB) Firearms Report
Kansas Firearms Statutes and Codes (331 KB)

From the 34th Edition of State Laws and Published Ordinances - Firearms (ATF P 5300.5)

Firearms Guide
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