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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives



For Immediate Release

April 4, 2005


ATF Statement in Response to the DOJ

Office of Inspector General Audit of the Safe Explosives Act

We have received and reviewed the findings of the yearlong audit conducted by the Department of Justice’s Inspector General regarding ATF’s implementation of the Safe Explosives Act.

The report does not adequately recognize ATF’s many accomplishments in implementing the Safe Explosives Act. We are very proud of those accomplishments and want to mention just a few. ATF had six months to implement the Safe Explosives Act and recognized full well that to truly make America safer, we needed a successful partnership with the legal explosives industry. ATF developed and published the required regulations and forms that implemented the Act. We provided specific educational material to the entire explosives industry so that their individual efforts at compliance could complement the efforts of ATF. We assisted thousands of legitimate firms in the explosives industry to continue or begin their businesses understanding full well the requirements of the Act and their role in helping to keep America safe. ATF conducted tens of thousands of employee background checks on the more than 12,000 Federal Explosives Licensees and Permittees as well as on all of their employees involved in the handling of explosives. ATF’s implementation of the Safe Explosives Act was an extraordinary effort and we are proud of it.

ATF recognizes that there are discrepancies resulting from this review that need to be immediately and appropriately addressed. We are committed to doing so.

To see the full report, click here.