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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jim Crandall

November 15, 2001

FY 02-01

Proposed Regulations Concerning a National Repository

For Arson and Explosives Information

Washington, DC - Washington - The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco
and Firearms (ATF) announces that it is proposing to amend Federal explosives
regulations to implement the provision of Public Law 104-208, relating
to a national repository for information on explosives incidents and arson.
The proposed regulations implement the law by requiring all Federal agencies
having information concerning incidents involving arson and the suspected
criminal misuse of explosives to report that information to ATF.

Public Law 104-208, the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997,
authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to establish a national repository
of information on arson and explosives incidents. The Secretary has tasked
ATF with establishing and maintaining the repository. While the law requires
all Federal agencies having information on arson and explosives incidents
to report the information to the Secretary, it also provides that the
repository will contain information on incidents voluntarily reported
to the Secretary by State and local authorities.

ATF invites public comments on the proposed regulations. The comment
period will be open for 90 days, until February 13, 2002. Any person wishing
to comment on any of the proposed rules may do so by writing:

Chief, Regulations Division

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

P.O. Box 50221

Washington, DC 20091-0221

ATTN: Notice No. 933

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