ATF REPORT – Firearms Commerce In The United States 2017

It’s that time of the year again. The federal bean counters have carved out a report and given us a broad overview of the state of firearms commerce in the United States. And with the historic period we experienced in 2016, this year’s report promises to be even more exciting than the last. Ok, none of this is that exciting; slightly interesting maybe, but not exciting. Let’s take a look.

Between a national election that drove sales based on gun control fears and the 41P/41F rule change for NFA making and transfers, Americans put up some impressive sales numbers. For example, the Government nearly doubled its NFA collection, taking in an additional $30M in 2016 compared to 2015.

NFA Form 4 Transfer applications were up slightly, but the data is skewed – even though NFA tax was collected showing a dramatic increase in submissions, many of those were not approved until the 2017 fiscal year. In theory, next years report will see an uptick in approved forms but a drop in NFA tax paid.

As always, I am happy to see increased NFA ownership – the more club members we have, the better chance we have at deregulation.

Excerpts and the link to the full report is posted below,

Thanks to Gemtech’s Derek “IKH” S.  for the tip.

Firearms Commerce in the United States – 2017 (Click for the full report):

This report presents data drawn from a number of ATF reports and records in one comprehensive document. It 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 firearms commerce in the United States today.

Firearms Commerce


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  • Maxpwr

    I always enjoy reading these reports and especially some of the more obscure things like what/where are the 2000 rifles each imported from Poland or Taiwan? We generally don’t see those for commercial sales so where are they going and what make/model are they? Wish the 1989 and 1997 import bans could be overturned so we could see the number of Swiss rifles imported go up.

    • burningwar

      I wonder if those are only inclusive of complete rifles, or partial rifles.

      Are those specific to original country of manufacture (and how is “original” defined?), or merely an importing agency in that country?

  • TheUnspoken

    Apparently I need to go to a CT machine gun shoot, as they appear to have them all there…

    Texas has gone crazy for silencers though!

    And California is where gun dreams go to die… And everyone wants to buy a destructive device?

    Texas wins again on SBRs.

    I wonder does this include items registered on form 3 and form 4? So these numbers reflect dealer inventory, or personal ownership?

    If dealers included, then of course Texas is high on cans, they have Silencershop and Capital Armory.

    And Cali must have DD’RUs.

    • MikeA

      Yeah, what’s up with the CT machine gun numbers?
      Is this because they require registration where other places don’t?

      • PureLogic

        They are all investments by Wall Street types

      • burningwar

        NFA requires registration, no matter what the state laws say (a couple of states have tried to fight this, but I can guarantee you CT has not).

        My guess is Colt and other military manufacturers from the former “Arsenal of Democracy.”

  • Brett baker

    I wish I had the money to help OHIO move up the list. At least I have 2 items helping our state’s total. GO BUCKEYES!

  • Haulin’ Oats

    Over 5 million terrible weapons of mass destruction in civilian hands. You’d have to think we should all be dead with stats like those.

    • Major Tom

      An armed society is a polite society ya know.

    • Jim_Macklin

      Governor mccaulife says 93 million dead every day

      • William Elliott

        isn’t he the moron that thought it was a good idea to have the cops funnel two opposing extremist groups together and then “stand down”?
        Or was that the Mayor…they almost seem to be sharing what passes for a brain around there…

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    Wow… What on earth is up with CA and DD’s?

    You can’t even buy “proper” DD’s in CA for the most part. ATF defines them starting at .50-cal, CA defines them as starting at .60-cal and requires a dangerous weapons permit which is may-issue and annually renewable. So in CA you CAN get a federal DD BETWEEN .50 and .60-caliber. But no 20mm’s, 40’s, etc.

    Very interesting. I doubt that’s the case though. Must be something else weird going on in CA. (Could be the movie industry?)

    • Jordan Bowles

      LE purchases of less lethal and flash-bang type grenades

    • burningwar

      You can get a DWP, but unless if you are a Hollywood Armory or LEO agency, you aren’t getting one. I can think of only one exception, and that person was well connected to Hollywood, anyways.

      • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

        That’s why I said it’s may-issue.

        That’s what may-issue means.

    • glenn cheney

      The Beast is out there and he be hongry.

  • Scott C.

    I assume these numbers reflect Manufacturers, Fed & State entities, Law Enforcement, as well as Civilian Owners. This makes the numbers for very restrictive states to appear inflated.

    • Klaus Von Schmitto

      Gotta be. 52K machine guns in Ct transferred to private ownership? I can’t imagine that could be true.

  • onthedew

    Whoa! Look at the last page of the report!

    It says that only between 7% and 12% of FFLs had a compliance inspection.

    I though everyone got an inspection.

  • Just Say’n

    What’s up with the 121,000 NFA Destructive Devices in WY?? That’s like one for every Man, Woman & Child in the state! Cool…

  • datimes

    Connecticut has almost as many machine guns as #2 & #3 states Texas and Florida.

  • onthedew

    Also: Note the year.
    April 1st 2016 marked the end of Fiscal 2015.
    Charts 7A and 7b use a different scale….
    Chart 8 while labelled April 2016 is for the whole fiscal 2016 year.

    Most importantly this does not take into account he 41P/41F rule change surge in early 2017.

  • The Punisher

    Wow! Let’s get excited about a bunch of stats that shouldn’t exist in the first place!

    Wonder what sort of better economic activity the hundreds of millions of dollars paid in taxes since 1984 could’ve been used for…

    • Major Tom

      Buying more guns? Maybe more ammo? Buying up majority stake in Glock and telling them to go stuff themselves?

      • crackedlenses

        “Buying up majority stake in Glock and telling them to go stuff themselves?”

        That might almost be worth it.

      • The Punisher

        Definitely the first two. I personally like Glocks though…

  • Seamus Bradley

    TEXAS WINS!!!!

  • coyote-hunter

    stats and paperwork that will be used against us in the future….