ATF: Total Number of Lost or Stolen Firearms Increases

The burglary of firearms in America has skyrocketed over the last five years according to a new report issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on April 11, 2017. The ATF stated that 18,394 firearms were reported lost or stolen from Federal Firearms Licensees, an increase of 3,594 firearms from 2015. Of those 18,394 firearms, 50% are labeled as lost, and most of those go missing in transit from factory to store.

Federal Firearms Licensees (FFL) Burglary and Robbery Statistics - Calendar Year 2012 - 2016

  • FFL burglaries have risen by 48.01% since 2012, with there being 377 FFL burglaries in 2012, 338 in 2013, 406 in 2014, 436 in 2015, and 558 in 2016.
  • FFL robberies have risen by 175% since 2012, with there being 12 FFL robberies in 2012, 22 in 2013, 22 in 2014, 29 in 2015, and 33 in 2016.
  • The number of firearms stolen during these incidents have also increased.
  • Firearms stolen during FFL burglaries have risen by 72.53% since 2012, with there being 4,340 in 2012, 3,355 in 2013, 4,280 in 2014, 4,271 in 2015, and 7,488 in 2016.
  • Firearms stolen during FFL robberies have risen by 213.56% since 2012, with there being 118 stolen in 2012, 96 in 2013, 168 in 2014, 322 in 2015, and 370 in 2016.

Kevin O’Keefe, Chief of the Operational Intelligence Division at the ATF said only a small amount of the total firearm businesses in the U.S. are measured in the report, and therefore the report’s data is “fluid.” The ATF had implemented a new initiative that would alert businesses when a gun goes missing, so that business inventory could be further secured. The Bureau also has an app called “NTF” that allows its users to report tips to the ATF and to learn about what the ATF is doing to keep citizens out of harm’s way.

A brief search for the App called “ATF NTF” doesn’t have many related results, but I did note that the ATF has an Android and iOS App (linked below); however, there is a mobile friendly reporting page on the official ATF website (link).

Black Fox Defense recommends that firearms owners use a lockable gun safe that is anchored to the floor, or vehicle frame if mobile. FFL’s are encouraged to perform regular inventory checks to determine if a firearms has been stolen or is missing. If a firearms is stolen or missing it must be reported to the local law enforcement and ATF immediately.


Learn more:

ATF Phone App on Android:

ATF Phone App on iOS:

ATF Anonymous Tips:



Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (2017, April 11). ATF Releases 2016 Summary of Firearms Reported Lost and Stolen from FFLs. Retrieved from

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (2017, March 8). Infographic: Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) Burglary and Statistics from Calendar years 2012-2016. Retrieved from


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