Safe Explosives Act

November, 2002

This Act restricted the availability of explosives to prohibited persons, strengthened licensing and permitting requirements and aided in the fight against terrorism.

Fighting a New Enemy

The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks profoundly affect the lives of individual Americans, and transforms law enforcement across the nation

As outlined in the Homeland Security Act of 2002, ATF becomes part of a larger effort to secure the nation against terrorism and other threats. Now under the aegis of the U.S. Department of Justice, ATF agents continue to aggressively combat violent crimes, including terrorism.

The foundation for ATF investigations relate to the use (and misuse) of firearms, explosives, and arson. Relying on programs derived from this legislation, ATF tracks career criminals, gangs, organized crime, hate groups and terrorist organizations.

Enforcing legislation relating to tobacco and alcohol diversion also remains a priority. Illegal tobacco and alcohol business practices are common funding sources for both criminal enterprises and terrorist organizations.

Last Reviewed September 28, 2016