The mission of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) is to protect 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, terrorism, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products. Asset Forfeiture plays a vital role in the pursuit of this mission. The Asset Forfeiture & Seized Property Division enhances public safety and security by using the Department of Justice's Asset Forfeiture powers to remove proceeds of crime and other assets relied upon by criminals to perpetuate their criminal activity. ATF has the authority to seize and forfeit firearms, ammunition, explosives, alcohol, tobacco, currency, conveyances and certain real property involved in violation of law.
Why does ATF use Asset Forfeiture?
• To protect the community
• To return assets to victims
• To deter illegal activity
• To punish criminals