Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

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    The federal agency that administers and enforces firearms and explosives laws as well as those covering the production, use and distribution of alcohol and tobacco products. Enforcement activities include investigation of tax evasion, trafficking in illegal distilled spirits, and illegal use of firearms, ammunition and explosives including homemade bombs and explosives. The ATF also inspects tobacco manufacturing plants, wineries and breweries and the premises of federal firearm and explosive licensees; monitors the packaging and labeling of alcoholic beverages to ensure that products are safe and accurately labeled; is responsible for tax enforcement in both industries; and operates a national firearms tracing center which serves all local, state and federal agencies, upon request.

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    Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and ExplosivesDedicated to preventing terrorism, reducing violent crime and protecting the nation. The men and women of ATF perform the dual responsibilities of enforcing Federal criminal laws and regulating the firearms and explosives industries. 888-283-3473 Arson Hotline 888-283-2662 Bomb Hotline 800-283-4867 Illegal Firearms Act 888-283-8477 Other Criminal ActivityBureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and ExplosivesUnited States Department of Justice

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