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Welcome to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Atlanta Field Division. Our Division is responsible for ATF criminal enforcement and industry regulatory activities in the State of Georgia. Our dedicated work force is comprised of special agents, investigators, auditors, technicians and support staff.

ATF is committed to reducing violent crime in our neighborhoods. ATF’s Atlanta Field Division special agents combat firearms violence by focusing their investigative efforts on armed violent offenders, career criminals, gun traffickers and gangs. We also work in partnership with other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies throughout Georgia to accomplish this mission.

Explosives and arson enforcement is an integral part of ATF’s overall violent crime reduction strategy. ATF’s Atlanta Field Division special agents combat arson and explosives-related crimes by conducting independent investigations and by working in partnership with local and state fire investigators and police bomb squads.

ATF also has the duty of regulating the firearms and explosives industries. Our industry operations investigators work to ensure that all firearms and explosives are stored, handled and sold in a safe manner according to law.

In addition to our Field Division, the Atlanta-metro area is also home to one of ATF’s three forensic science laboratories and one of ATF’s three regional Explosives Technology Branch offices.

We encourage all residents to get involved and assist us in our goal of reducing crime in our communities. Give us a call and let us know what we can do for you. Our phone number is (404) 417-2600.

Christopher C. Shaefer



Carl W. Walker was appointed Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Atlanta Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) by Director B. Todd Jones in July 2014. SAC Walker is responsible for ATF operations in the State of Georgia.

ATF is a key law enforcement agency within the U. S. Department of Justice that protects our communities from violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson and bombings, acts of terrorism, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products. The men and women of ATF perform the dual responsibilities of enforcing Federal criminal laws and regulating the firearms and explosives industries to protect against crime, violence, and other threats to public safety.

SAC Walker began his career with ATF in 1988 as a Special Agent in the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Group, Dallas Field Office. As he advanced through the ranks at ATF, he served in a wide range of operational and leadership positions. SAC Walker served as Project Officer in the Firearms Division, Assistant to the Director in the Office of the Director, and Program Manager in the Inspection Division at ATF Headquarters in Washington, DC. He also served as Group Supervisor of the Arson and Explosives Task Force, Houston III Field Office, and Resident Agent in Charge of the Fort Worth Field Office. At the time of his appointment as the SAC of the Atlanta Field Division, he was serving as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Dallas Field Division, where he oversaw ATF operations in North Texas and the State of Oklahoma.

SAC Walker is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations in recognition of his leadership, exemplary performance, and commitment to public service.

SAC Walker earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.