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Firearms Trace Data

A key component of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) enforcement mission is the tracing of firearms on behalf of thousands of Federal, State, local and foreign law enforcement agencies. Firearms trace data is critically important information developed by ATF. ATF has prepared the following state-by-state reports utilizing trace data which is intended to provide the public with insight into firearms recoveries.

U.S. Firearms Trace Data

International Firearms Trace Data

Annual Firearms Manufacturers And Export Report

All Federally licensed manufacturers of firearms and destructive devices (Federal Firearms License types 07 and 10) are required to submit a production report of manufacturing and export activity to ATF by April 1 of each year. The information must be reported using the Annual Firearms Manufacturing and Exportation Report Under 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44, Firearms (ATF Form 5300.11). The report covers activity for the calendar year ended the previous December 31. For example, calendar year 2009 data was due to ATF by April 1, 2010.

ATF compiles the submitted data and releases it here each January, with a one year delay to comply with the Trade Secrets Act. For example, data released in January 2010 was for calendar year 2008. The January 2011 data release will cover calendar year 2009 activity. In response to requests from the industry, ATF released interim AFMER data for the first time in July 2010. This release included aggregate data only and did not identify any specific industry member (to comply with the Trade Secrets Act).

Questions about the AFMER program and data should be directed to Program Analyst Tom DiDomenico at 304-616-4590.

Federal Firearms Licensee Statistics Theft / Loss Reports

Federal firearms licensees (FFLs) must report to ATF each missing, lost, or stolen firearm within 48 hours of discovery of the loss or theft by completing and forwarding a Federal Firearms Licensee Theft/Loss Report. In addition, the FFL must also report the firearm theft or loss to the appropriate local law enforcement agency.


National Firearms Act (NFA)

NFA Weapons by Fiscal Year. Details to follow

Number of NFA Firearms Processed by Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Firearms Processed
2012 1,112,041
2011 992,975
2010 826,393
2009 834,328
2008 981,303
2007 563,127
2006 296,127
2005 147,484

NFA Forms by Fiscal Year. Details to follow

Number of NFA Forms Processed by Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Forms Processed
2012 137,649
2011 105,373
2010 91,949
2009 86,753
2008 72,808
2007 66,560
2006 57,783
2005 41,579