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

We are committed to reducing violent crime in our neighborhoods. The special agents of the Louisville Division combat firearms violence by focusing investigative efforts on armed violent offenders, career criminals, gun traffickers, gangs and other criminal organizations. We also work in partnership with other local, state and Federal law enforcement agencies throughout Kentucky, West Virginia and Southern Indiana to accomplish our mission.

Explosives and arson enforcement are an integral part of ATFs overall violent crime reduction strategy. Special Agents combat arson and explosives-related crimes by conducting investigations and by working in partnership with local fire departments, state fire investigators and police bomb squads.

ATF also has the duty of regulating the firearms and explosives industry. The Industry Operations Investigators work to ensure that all firearms and explosives are stored, handled and sold in a safe manner according to law.

We encourage all residents to get involved and assist us in our goal of reducing crime in our communities. If community members have information regarding any violent criminal activity in this region, do not hesitate to contact ATF at phone number (502) 753-3400.

Stuart L. Lowrey


Stuart L. Lowrey

Stuart L. Lowrey

Special Agent in Charge
Louisville Field Division

Stuart Lowrey was promoted to Special Agent in Charge (SAC), Louisville Field Division, in August 2012, where he currently leads ATF’s operations in Kentucky, West Virginia, and Southern Indiana.

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.

Most recently, SAC Lowrey was assigned to ATF National Headquarters and served as the Chief, Firearms Operations Division; Deputy Chief, Office of Strategic Management; and Chief, Field Management Staff. From 2002 to 2009, he served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) for ATF’s New Orleans Field Division and oversaw criminal enforcement operations in Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas, including significant violent crime, bombing, and tobacco diversion investigations, as well as ATF’s regional efforts in response to Hurricane Katrina.

From 1985 to 1987, SAC Lowrey worked as an undercover narcotics officer in a multi-agency drug task force in Illinois. Upon becoming a special agent with ATF in 1987, he served for 7 years as a field agent in Chicago, and over 18 years in supervisory and managerial assignments in the field and in ATF Headquarters, Washington, DC. He was a member of ATF’s Special Response Team as a tactical operator, firearms instructor and team leader. In 1995, SAC Lowrey became a supervisory special agent in Baltimore, MD, and in 1998, ATF’s Resident Agent in Charge in Delaware. In 1999, he transferred to ATF National Headquarters and was promoted to ASAC for ATF’s Inspection Division.

SAC Lowrey earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Southern Illinois University. He also graduated from accredited law enforcement training programs conducted at the Illinois State Police Academy and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia. SAC Lowrey was recognized as ATF’s Supervisory Employee of the Year for 2006. In 2008, he attended the FBI National Academy, a curriculum for law enforcement executives, and earned a Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice from the University of Virginia.