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 They may also be rescinded or modified at ATF’s discretion.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
OMB 1140-0080.pdf (194 KB)

Description :Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed eCollection; eComments Requested – Action: 60-day Notice of Information Collection Under Review: Notification of Change of Mailing or Premise Address

Summary :The information is necessary for the safety of emergency response personnel responding to fires at sites where explosives are stored. The information is provided both orally and in writing to the authority having jurisdiction for fire safety in the locality in which explosives are stored.

Resource Center Report
OMB 1140-0101.pdf (214 KB)

Description :Firearms and Explosives Services Division Customer Service Survey –60 day Notice – comment period ends July 21, 2015

Summary :ATF F 5300.38 is used by existing Federal Firearms Licensees (FFL) to change the business address of the license and certify compliance with the provisions of the law for the new address. Licensees are required to notify ATF of the intent to move any business premises no later than 30 days prior to the intended move. The form is also used for changes of trade or business name, changes of mailing address, changes of contact information, changes of hours of operation/availability, and allows for licensees to indicate any changes of business structure.

Resource Center Report
OMB Number 1140-0031-60.pdf (189 KB)

Description :Records of Acquisition and Disposition, Registered Importers of Arms, Ammunition and Implements of War on the U.S. Munitions Imports List– 60 day Notice – comment period ends 3-23-15

Summary :The records are of imported items that are on the United States Munitions Import List. The importers must register with ATF and must file an intent to import specific items as well as certify to the Bureau that the items were in fact received. The records are maintained at the registrant’s business premises where they are available for inspection by ATF officers during compliance inspections or criminal investigations.

Resource Center Report
OMB Number 1140-0046.pdf (195 KB)

Description :Certification on Agency Letterhead Authorizing Purchase of Firearm for Official Duties of Law Enforcement Officer – 30 day Notice – comment period ends March 26, 2015.

Summary :The letter is used by a law enforcement officer to purchase handguns to be used in his/her official duties from a licensed firearm dealer anywhere in the country. The letter shall state that the officer will use the firearm in official duties and that a records check reveals that the purchasing officer has no convictions for misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence.

Resource Center Report
OMB Number 1140-0050.pdf (207 KB)

Description :Identification Markings Placed on Firearms– 30 day Notice – comment period ends 6-4-15.

Summary :Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has determined to rescind the exclusion orders issued in the following investigations: Certain Novelty Glasses, Inv. No. 337–TA–055, Exclusion Order (July 11, 1979); Certain Strip Lights, Inv. No. 337–TA–287, Exclusion Order (September 28, 1989) (‘‘the 287 investigation’’); and Certain Novelty Teleidoscopes, Inv. No. 337– TA–295, Exclusion Order (April 11, 1990) (‘‘the 295 investigation’’). The Commission has also modified the exclusion orders issued in the following investigations: Certain Coin-Operated Audio Visual Games and Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337–TA–087, Exclusion Order (June 25, 1981) (‘‘the 087 investigation’’); Certain Coin- Operated Audio Visual Games and Components Thereof (Viz., Rally-X and PAC MAN), Inv. No. 337–TA–105, Exclusion Order (January 15, 1982) (‘‘the 105 investigation’’); and Certain Cube Puzzles, Inv. No. 337–TA–112 (‘‘the 112 investigation’’).

Resource Center Report
OMB Number 1140-0060-60.pdf (190 KB)

Description :Firearms Disabilities for Nonimmigrant Aliens– 60 day Notice – comment period ends 3-23-15.

Summary :The nonimmigrant alien information will be used to determine if a nonimmigrant alien is eligible to purchase, obtain, possess, or import a firearm.

Resource Center Report
OMB Number 1140-0060.pdf (190 KB)

Description :Firearms Disabilities for Nonimmigrant Aliens– 30 day Notice – comment period ends 4-27-15

Summary :The nonimmigrant alien information will be used to determine if a nonimmigrant alien is eligible to purchase, obtain, possess, or import a firearm.

Resource Center Report
OMB Number 1140-0067-60.pdf (197 KB)

Description :Agency Information Collections Other Than Forms” towards the bottom of the page using the title, “OMB Number (1140-0067) – Licensed Firearms Manufacturers Records of Production, Disposition, and Supporting Data – 60 day Notice – comment period ends March 23, 2015

Summary :The nonimmigrant alien information will be used to determine if a nonimmigrant alien is eligible to purchase, obtain, possess, or import a firearm.

Resource Center Report
OMB Number 1140-0067.pdf (196 KB)

Description :Licensed Firearms Manufacturers Records of Production, Disposition, and Supporting Data – 30 day Notice – comment period ends 4-27-15

Summary :The nonimmigrant alien information will be used to determine if a nonimmigrant alien is eligible to purchase, obtain, possess, or import a firearm.

Resource Center Report
OMB Number 1140-0087-60.pdf (207 KB)

Description :eForm Access Request – 60 day Notice – comment period ends 3-23-15

Summary :Respondents must complete the eForm Access Request form in order to receive a user ID and password to obtain access to ATF’s eForm System. The information is used by the Government to verify the identity of the end users prior to issuing passwords.

Resource Center Report
OMB Number 1140-0087.pdf (189 KB)

Description :Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed eCollection; eComments Requested – Action: 30-day Notice of Information Collection Under Review: eForm Access Request.

Summary :Respondents must complete the eForm Access Request form in order to receive a user ID and password to obtain access to ATF’s eForm System. The information is used by the Government to verify the identity of the end users prior to issuing passwords.

Resource Center Report
omb_1140-0079 (212 KB)

Description: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed eCollection; eComments Requested – Action: 60-day Notice of Information Collection Under Review: Transactions Among Licensees/Permittees and Transactions Among Licensees and Holders of User Permits

Summary: The Firearms & Explosives Services Division (FESD) provides dealer licensing and other services related to the importation and transfers of weapons within the firearms and explosives industry. This anonymous survey allows FESD to gauge customer satisfaction, correct potential deficiencies, and improve overall customer satisfaction.

Resource Center Report
Oregon Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1778 KB)

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

About ATF Report
oregon051017.pdf (60 KB) May 2017 Location of Abandoned/Unclaimed property by state. Resource Center Report
Pennsylvania Firearms Trace Data – 2014 (1486 KB)

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

About ATF Report
pennsylvania051017.pdf (59 KB) May 2017 Location of Abandoned/Unclaimed property by state. Resource Center Report
Personal Firearms Record (ATF P 3312.8) (296 KB)
By completing this record and maintaining it in a safe location, separate from your firearms, you will be taking an important first step in the effort to prevent thefts and to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals.
Firearms Guide
Personal Firearms Record (ATF P 3312.8) (361 KB)

By completing this record and maintaining it in a safe location, separate from your firearms, you will be taking an important first step in the effort to prevent thefts and to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals.

Firearms Guide
Police Officer’s Guide to Recovered Firearms (ATF P 3312.12) (1967 KB)
This guide provides basic information for law enforcement officers who recover firearms in the performance of their duties.
Firearms Guide
Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act Information Guide (297 KB)

The Attorney General has delegated the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to administer and enforce the PACT Act. ATF is providing this document on the PACT Act’s amendments to the Jenkins Act (15 U.S.C. §375-378), which governs the collection of taxes on, and trafficking in, cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. There are specified responsibilities that require independent action, coordination of efforts, and information sharing.

PACT Act Law

Alcohol & Tobacco Guide
Procedures for Requesting Computerized Bookkeeping Variance (41 KB) This document provides information regarding the procedure for requesting a computerized bookkeeping variance.  Firearms Guide
Progress Report - Study of Marking, Rendering Inert, and Licensing of Explosive Materials (Taggant Study) (97) (195 KB)

The Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (the Act) was enacted on April 24, 1996. Section 732 of the Act mandates the Secretary of the Treasury (the Secretary) to conduct a study of: the tagging of explosive materials, rendering common chemicals used to manufacture explosive materials inert, imposing controls on certain precursor chemicals and, State licensing requirements for the purchase and use of commercial high explosives. On September 30, 1996, an amendment included in the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 1997 (Amendment) provided the necessary funding for the study and added a requirement that the Secretary, in consultation with the Attorney General, concurrently report to Congress on the possible use and exploitation of new prevention technologies.

Resource Center Report
Progress Report - Study of Marking, Rendering Inert, and Licensing of Explosive Materials - 1998 (210 KB)

The ESG is continuing to analyze statistical data on explosives-related incidents as reported in ATF’s annual Arson and Explosives Incidents Report (AEIR), in order to assess the overall threat to the American public posed by the criminal use of explosives. This analysis is directed toward identifying regulatory weaknesses that create vulnerability, as well as determining where the application of detection and identification technology may have the greatest impact in preventing and solving criminal acts.

Resource Center Report
Protection Orders and Federal Firearms Prohibitions (ATF I 3310.2) (143 KB)
A qualifying court order may be issued by a criminal court or civil court, such as divorce court, family court, magistrate or general jurisdiction court.  The following list enumerates the elements that define a qualifying protection order under the Federal firearms prohibition.
Resource Center Guide
Publication of Federal Explosives Laws and Regulations (ATF P 5400.7) (4325 KB)

Also known as the "Orange Book," this documentation provides federal explosives law and regulations and reflects changes and developments in response to the Safe Explosives Act of 2002.

Explosives Report
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