May 25, 2004 – LAWFUEL – The federal agency formerly known as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) of the United States Treasury Department transferred to the Department of Justice on January 24, 2003.
The proper name of the new agency is the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) of the United States Department of Justice. The appropriate acronym when referring to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is ATF.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is a law enforcement organization within the United States Department of Justice with unique responsibilities dedicated to reducing violent crime and protecting the public.
ATF enforces the federal laws and regulations relating to alcohol, tobacco, firearms, explosives and arson by working directly and in cooperation with others to:
Suppress and prevent crime and violence through enforcement, regulation, and community outreach.
Provide fair and effective industry regulation.
Support and assist federal, state, local, and international law enforcement.
Provide innovative training programs in support of criminal and regulatory enforcement functions.
The ATF Office of Public Affairs can be contacted at (202) 927-8500 for media inquiries or assistance.
The ATF web site can be found at www.atf.gov.
Special Agent/ Public Information Officer
Bureau of ATF
Tampa Field Division
501 E. Polk Street #700
Tampa, Fl. 33602