ATF Publishes Updated Firearms and Commerce Report

BATFE LogoThe Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) today released the Firearms Commerce in the United States 2013 report, which contains information about domestic firearms manufacturing, as well as the importation and exportation of firearms. The report contains the most up-to-date information available about the firearms industry and ATF’s regulatory activities including firearms entering commerce and statistical data.

“The information in this report provides insight for the general public on the number of firearms reported as manufactured and imported in the United States annually,” said ATF Assistant Director, Office of Enforcement Programs and Services, Arthur Herbert. “The report also provides statistical information about ATF’s regulatory and enforcement initiatives.”

The 2013 update reports more than 6.5 million firearms were manufactured in 2011(the latest year available) and more than 4.8 million firearms were imported into the United States in 2012. In addition, more than 1 million National Firearms Act (NFA) transfers were processed by ATF in 2012, and there are currently more than 3.5 million NFA firearms registered. The number of federal firearms licensees (FFLs) increased from 123,587 in 2011 to 130,956 in 2012. This reflects a 6 percent increase in one year.

ATF continuously develops and strengthens its collaborative efforts with members of the firearms industry and consumers through education and outreach to prevent the diversion of firearms through illegal markets. This report provides one-stop shopping for those having an interest in firearms industry data.

To view the Firearms Commerce in the United States 2013 report visit


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