“NIBIN embodies the collaboration of law enforcement for the sole purpose of identifying and prosecuting shooters that prey upon our communities. Its effectiveness hinges upon the timely entry of ballistic evidence, intelligence referrals, and immediate investigative follow up. This program embodies teamwork, collaboration, and transparency.”


NIBIN Resources

ATF NIBIN Program (Webpage)

ATF NIBIN Program Locations – Interactive Map (Webpage) 

NIJ NIBIN Program (Webpage)

Opening the Black Box of NIBIN: A Descriptive Process and Outcome Evaluation, King et al. (PDF)

Using NIBIN to Target Shooters and Solve Crime 2016, ATF (PDF)

Phoenix PD NIBIN Program (Video)

Firearm Processing Resources

Coordinating NIBIN and Forensic Science Laboratory Efforts, Nichols (PDF)

Regional Crime Gun Processing Protocols, IACP (PDF)




“Firearms are traced in order to link a suspect to a firearm in a criminal investigation; to identify potential traffickers (whether licensed or unlicensed sellers); and when sufficiently comprehensive tracing is undertaken by a given community, to detect in-state, interstate, and international patterns in the sources and kinds of crime guns.”


ATF eTrace Program  (Webpage)

ATF National Tracing Center and eTrace (PDF)

ATF Firearms Tracing Flyer (PDF)

Properly Identifying a Firearm for Tracing (Webpage)

Firearms Trace Data (Webpage)

FFL Burglary and Robbery Statistics 2012-2016 (Publication)

ATF Publication 3312.13 ATF Firearms Tracing Guide (PDF)

Police Officer’s Guide to Recovered Firearms ATF (PDF)