ATF protects the public from violent crimes involving firearms, explosives, arson, and the diversion of alcohol and tobacco products. We regulates lawful commerce in firearms and explosives; and provides worldwide support to law enforcement, public safety, and industry partners.
ATF is a world-class law enforcement organization committed to safeguarding lives by protecting the public from violent crime.
ATF's responsibilities include the investigation and prevention of federal offenses involving the unlawful use, manufacture, and possession of firearms and explosives; acts of arson and bombings; and illegal trafficking of alcohol and tobacco products.
Many of ATF's activities are carried out in conjunction with task forces made up of state and local law enforcement officers, such as Project Safe Neighborhoods.