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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

Contact: (202) 927-8500

June 11, 2002

ATF Director to Testify on Antiterrorism Explosives Act

Washington, DC - Director Bradley Buckles will testify
on H.R. 4864, The Antiterrorism Explosives Act, today at 4:00 p.m. before
the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and
Homeland Security. H.R. 4864 would:

  • Require all purchasers of explosives to obtain a permit from ATF and
    undergo a background check that would deny the transfer of explosives
    to felons, illegal aliens, drug users, and other prohibited persons.

  • Give ATF authority to screen the backgrounds of employees who take
    possession of explosives while working for explosives licensees.

  • Create a "limited user" permit for explosives users who
    anticipate no more than four purchases of explosives in a 12-month period.
    Limited users would have to pass background checks, but would not be
    subject to warrantless inspections that are required for holders of
    regular use permits.

  • Expand the list of prohibited people to include those who have been
    adjudicated mental defective, certain aliens other than lawful permanent
    residents, persons dishonorably discharged from the military, and persons
    who have renounced their citizenship.

  • Require explosives manufacturers and importers, including those who
    manufacture or import ammonium nitrate, to provide ATF, upon request,
    samples of, or chemical information on the products they manufacture
    or import.

  • Restore the ability of ATF and Federal law enforcement to investigate
    and prosecute those who use explosives to damage the property of institutions
    receiving Federal financial assistance, such as hospitals and laboratories.