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Welcome to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Nashville Division. The Nashville Field Division encompasses the states of Tennessee and Alabama, from Music City USA to the Gulf Coast. The Nashville Field Division is responsible for enforcing federal laws pertaining to gun crime, arson, explosives and alcohol/tobacco diversion. ATF is also responsible for regulating and investigating private industry relating to firearms and explosives.

The dedicated men and women of ATF in the Nashville Field Division and throughout the country is comprised of special agents, industry operations investigators, forensic auditors, certified fire investigators, certified explosive specialists and a variety of administrative/support staff.

ATF is committed to reducing violent crime and keeping our neighborhoods safe. ATF’s Nashville Field Division special agents focus investigative efforts on violent offenders, armed career criminals, gun traffickers and gangs. Our industry operations investigators work to ensure that firearms and explosives are manufactured handled, stored and sold in a safe but lawful manner. We work in partnership with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies throughout Tennessee and Alabama to accomplish these goals.

Investigating gun crime, firearms trafficking, criminal bombings and suspected acts of arson are all vital aspects of the ATF mission. ATF’s Nashville Field Division special agents combat arson and explosives-related crimes by conducting intense proactive investigations while working in partnerships with local/state fire investigators and police bomb squads.

We encourage all residents in Tennessee and Alabama to get to know your local ATF. Information sharing is vital to the success of ATF and our law enforcement partners. For additional information, questions and opportunities regarding community/ school outreach please give us a call. Our phone number is (615) 565-1200.

Jeffrey L. Fulton


Jeffrey L. Fulton

Jeffrey L. Fulton

Special Agent in Charge
Nashville Field Division

Jeffrey L. Fulton was selected as the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Nashville Field Division Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in October 2012. He is responsible for all Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) operations in Tennessee and Alabama.

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 storage of explosives, trafficking of firearms, 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.

Prior to being named to head the Nashville Field Divison, SAC Fulton served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Kansas City Field Division from September 2002 until October 2012. Before arriving in St. Louis, he was the Chief of ATF’s State, Local and International Training Division in ATF National Headquarters, Washington, DC, overseeing all of ATF’s external training initiatives dealing with firearms, explosives, arson and the Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Program. Between January 1997 and January 2000, he was the Resident Agent in Charge of ATF’s Omaha, Nebraska, field office where he had geographical responsibility for the entire state of Nebraska and the western tier of Iowa. Other previous assignments were located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and with the Intelligence Division at ATF National Headquarters.

From October 2009 to September 2010, SAC Fulton served as ATF’s Attaché in Iraq as the primary in-theatre liaison to the diplomatic, military and law enforcement community, and in a senior advisory capacity regarding ATF’s mission to the Rule of Law Coordination and Justice Attaché Offices, as well as to the Iraq Ministry of Interior, which oversees the country’s police and public safety agencies.

SAC Fulton’s investigative specialties include explosives and firearm investigations. He is an explosives specialist with ATF and has made explosives and firearms presentations, both domestically and abroad. He is among the most senior members of ATF’s National Response Team (NRT) and has been a NRT Special Agent in Charge since 2003.