Mission Areas


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ATF recognizes the role that firearms play in violent crimes and pursues an integrated regulatory and enforcement strategy.


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ATF plays a vital role in regulating and educating the explosives industry and in protecting the public from inadequate storage and security of explosives


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ATF is the Federal agency primarily responsible for administering and enforcing the criminal and regulatory provisions of the Federal laws pertaining to destructive devices (bombs), explosives, and arson.


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ATF's goal is to target, identify, and dismantle criminal enterprises with ties to violent crime, that traffic illicit liquor or contraband tobacco in interstate commerce; seize and deny their access to assets and funds; and prevent their encroachment into the legitimate alcohol or tobacco industry.



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