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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

ATF News
For Immediate Release:
Contact: Bill

20, 1999

Treasury Secretary Appoints ATF Director to Lead Bureau into the New Millennium
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D.C.- Today U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers announced Bradley
A. Buckles as the new Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and
Firearms (ATF). Following the announcement, Secretary Summers swore
in Director Buckles, as ATF’s fifth director. In a symbolic ceremony,
outgoing ATF Director John Magaw transferred leadership of ATF to Director

which became a Bureau in 1972, has provided over two hundred years of
service to the country. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., ATF has 331
field offices throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin
Islands, Guam, and several foreign countries and is responsible for
enforcing the Federal laws and regulations relating to alcohol, tobacco,
firearms, explosives, and arson. ATF agents, inspectors, and professional
staff investigate some of the most violent crimes in society, as well
as regulate many of the most sensitive industries of America, while
collecting over $13 billion in annual revenue.

Buckles will lead ATF into the 21st century utilizing new
ATF crime fighting tools such as Online LEAD (firearms tracing and illegal
trafficking data base), Access 2000 (computer link to firearms manufacturers),
the Youth Crime Gun Interdiction Initiative (YCGII), and the National
Integrated Ballistic Identification System (state of the art forensic
examination of bullets and shell casings). Additionally, Director Buckles
will continue ATF’s support to State and local law enforcement and fire
service departments in areas where ATF is considered the worldwide leader,
such as arson and post-blast investigations, illegal arms trafficking
investigations, fire research and explosives and accelerant detecting

his six-year tenure with ATF, Director Magaw solidified relationships
with ATF’s regulated industries and brought national and international
recognition to ATF’s law enforcement efforts. Director Buckles will
ensure that level of professionalism is maintained as ATF employees
continue working for a "sound and safer America".