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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.

Glenn "Andy" N. Anderson



Glenn "Andy" N. Anderson

Special Agent in Charge
Nashville Field Division

Glenn “Andy” N. Anderson was selected as the Special Agent in Charge of the Nashville Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the federal law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of Justice, in August 2014. He is responsible for the operations throughout 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.

SAC Anderson’s executive leadership in directing complex national and international criminal investigations, as well as conducting risk, threat and vulnerability assessments and heading up executive protections details garnered him the attention of federal law enforcement officials, which led to numerous commendations and his selection and subsequent appointment to the prestigious Senior Executive Service (SES) program (2006).

SAC Anderson’s career with ATF began in his home state of Tennessee and progressed to ATF headquarters in Washington, D.C. He then went on to Chicago and then back to the eastern part of the country serving again at ATF headquarters providing oversight of the Boston and Nashville Field Divisions. As Deputy Assistant Director of the East Region of the United States, he supervised and coordinated the daily operational efforts for 10 divisions, as well as being involved in leading ATF responses for the Boston Marathon bombing, Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., and The Washington Navy Yard shooting.

SAC Anderson is a native of Murfreesboro, and grew up in the Green Hills area of Nashville. He received a bachelor's degree in pre law with minors in criminal justice administration and English from Middle Tennessee State University, and then attended Nashville School of Law where he received his doctor of jurisprudence degree. Both degrees dovetail with his career choice of federal law enforcement and have assisted him in his work.