Inside the Numbers: ATF Releases Comprehensive Firearms Trafficking Report from 2017-2021

LOS ANGELES, CA ( – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has unveiled a comprehensive firearms trafficking report covering the years 2017 to 2021, shedding light on the trends and patterns of gun trafficking across the United States.

The report, compiled by the ATF’s Firearms Trafficking Unit, offers a detailed analysis of firearms trafficking activities, including the movement of firearms from legal to illegal markets, interstate trafficking routes, and the types of firearms most commonly trafficked.

Key findings from the report reveal:

  1. Interstate Trafficking Routes: The report identifies major corridors used for trafficking firearms across state lines, providing valuable insights for law enforcement agencies to target their efforts effectively.
  2. Types of Firearms Trafficked: The ATF report delves into the specific types of firearms frequently trafficked, including handguns, rifles, and assault weapons, contributing to a deeper understanding of the illegal firearms market.
  3. Sources of Trafficked Firearms: By analyzing the sources of trafficked firearms, such as thefts, straw purchases, and illegal manufacturing, the report aims to address vulnerabilities in the supply chain and prevent firearms from falling into the wrong hands.
  4. Impact on Public Safety: Understanding the dynamics of firearms trafficking is crucial for combating violent crime and enhancing public safety. The report highlights the impact of trafficking on communities and underscores the need for collaborative efforts to disrupt illicit firearms networks.

In a statement accompanying the release of the report, ATF officials emphasized the agency’s commitment to combating firearms trafficking and working in partnership with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to address this ongoing threat.

As policymakers, law enforcement officials, and advocates examine the findings of the ATF’s comprehensive firearms trafficking report, attention turns to implementing strategies to prevent the illegal flow of firearms and keep communities safe.


  1. They call a piece of plastic a machine gun, or a chunk of metal a "ghost" gun. Their definition of firearm is baloney. It's hard to trust any statistic that comes from the ATF. They are incentivized to make false statements. If they actually did their job, they would work themselves out of it.

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