ATF releases 2016 Report on Firearm Commerce in the United States

Guns Manufactured 1986 to 2014
Guns Manufactured 1986 to 2014
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

WASHINGTON –-( The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has released the 2016 Annual Statistical Update of Firearm Commerce in the United States.

Through a series of easy to read tables and charts, the Annual Statistical Update presents data drawn from a number of ATF reports and records in one comprehensive document.

The report also provides comparative data from as far back as 1975 for context, analyses of trends over the years, and a fuller picture of the state of firearm commerce in the United States today.

A few examples of data available in the Update:

  • The number of firearms manufactured in the U.S. from 1986 through 2014 (the last year for which data is available), with a breakdown by types of firearms.
    Rifles were the most manufactured firearm in the United States in all but 10 of the last 29 years, with pistols taking the top spot in 1990-1994, and 2010-2014.
  • The number of firearms imported into the United States from 1986-2015, with a breakdown by type, as well as country of manufacture.
    Handguns were the most imported firearm in all but six of the last 30 years; Austria was the No. 1 country of manufacture for firearms imported into the United States in 2015.
  • The number of firearms exported from the United States, by type, from 1986-2014 (the last year for which data is available).
    The number of firearms exported annually ranges from a high of 431,204 in 1993, to a low of 139,920 in 2004. In 2014, the United States exported 420,932 firearms.
  • The number of Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) by state, 1975-2015, as well as FFL actions and compliance data.
    Last year, 139,840 FFLs were operating throughout the United States, with Texas (10,910), California (8,261), and Florida (7,507) home to the highest number of FFLs.
  • The number of National Firearms Act (NFA) registered firearms as of March 2014, with types and a breakdown by state, as well as details regarding NFA revenues and numbers processed from 1984-2013.
    In 2015, ATF processed 1,545,847 NFA-related firearms

For more information about the Update, and to take a closer look, visit the ATF website at:

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About ATF

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is a highly specialized agency within the Department of Justice whose main goal is preventing, interrupting and removing violent crime from American communities. ATF investigates and prosecutes crimes involving arson, explosives, alcohol and tobacco diversion and the illegal possession, use and trade of firearms. The Denver Field Division works with local, state and federal law enforcement and public safety organizations to combat violent crime in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and Utah. For more information about ATF, visit

  • 6 thoughts on “ATF releases 2016 Report on Firearm Commerce in the United States

    1. GLOCK will relocate their HQ’s to the Dallas/Ft.Worth Metroplex area before 2019 ! Texas wants all the major players in the firearms industry to relocate here. Just the tax incentives alone for moving to Texas make it a no-brainier.

    2. Austria is number one in the export of handguns because of the popularity of the GLOCK. This has became the most popular handgun in America. I much prefer a regular old revolver to the semi-automatics.

    3. I wonder why they did not include 2015 and 2016 (first and second quarters)? What are they hiding? The BATFE is so dishonest that I would not even trust their stats keeping.

      1. @Wild Bill. It seems that they are always a couple of years behind when it comes to releasing statistics. The FBI is the same way. Honestly, I think it has more to do with it just taking them a long time to compile the data and form a report than it has to to with any dishonesty on their part. They are a federal bureaucracy after all which almost by definition are inherently inefficient and cumbersome behemoths. Now don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying that they are totally honest by any stretch of the word. I’m just saying that in this case they are probably not trying hide the 2015 and 2016 data….yet.

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