WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has released the Annual Firearms Manufacturers and Export Report (AFMER), a comprehensive listing of manufacturing and export activity from all federally licensed manufacturers of firearms and destructive devices. The report is now available online at www.atf.gov.
Under federal law, manufacturers are required to submit a production report to ATF each year. As an important tool in consumer and industry education, the report offers a total account of pistols, revolvers, rifles, shotguns and other firearms manufactured and exported, along with a listing of firearms manufacturers and their production totals. These totals provide a timely snapshot of the various firearms being produced across the country, with an opportunity to compare levels of production by year.
The report includes data with a one-year delay to comply with the Trade Secrets Act. For example, the February 2015 data release will cover calendar year 2013 activity. Based on the latest AFMER report, the number of pistols manufactured in 2013 totaled 4.4 million, compared to 3.4 million in 2012. The number of rifles manufactured also increased, with 3.9 million produced in 2013 compared to 3.1 million in 2012.
The total number of exported firearms also grew from more than 287,000 in 2012 to more than 393,000 in 2013.