The history of ATF is rather short, however, it has managed to cope with a number of purposes it sets. The agency is effective since January 24, 2003 based on the Homeland Security bill. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) performs its functions under the supervision of the Department of Justice and is accountant to the Treasury Department with the new Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (ATF, n.d.). ATF acting director is B. Todd Jones and its deputy director is Thomas E. Brandon.
Its functions and capabilities
ATF is aimed at protecting human “our communities from violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson and bombings, acts of terrorism, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco product” (ATF, n.d.).
To become a special agent in the ATF one should be highly trained and correspond to a number of specific requirements. Some of the requirements are as follows, one should be a US citizen with driving license. A person should take and pass several exams and tests, correspond to the number of age restrictions and fit the requirements based on the law account the US forces.
Laws the agency enforces
ATF has to follow some particular laws and base its government on those laws. The US constitutional articles are the main laws ATF bases it operations on. Gun Control Act, National Firearms Act, Arms Export Control Act, Importation, Manufacture, Distribution and Storage of Explosive Materials, Contraband Cigarette Trafficking Act, and Interstate Transport in Aid of Racketeering are the articles which are referred to by the agency (Laws, n.p.).
ATF. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.atf.gov
Laws. (n.d.). ATF. Retrieved from http://www.atf.gov/regulations-rulings/laws/