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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) was a law enforcement agency within the United States Department of the Treasury. Its responsibilities included protecting the public, reducing violent crime, and collecting revenue.

ATF enforced the Federal laws and regulations relating to alcohol, tobacco products, firearms, explosives, and arson. On November 25, 2002, the Homeland Security Act of 2002 split the agency into the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives[?] (ATF) within the Department of Justice and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau[?] (TTB) within the Department of the Treasury. The changes took effect in March 2003.

Some critics of the ATF consider it to have violated its mission of enforcement by participating in an violent attack on the Branch Davidians. ATF consider the raid as needed to serve warrants.

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