Guide to Federal Records

Records of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives

(Record Group 436)

Overview of Records Locations

436.1 Administrative History

Established: In the Department of Justice (DOJ) by Attorney General Order No. 2650-2003, January 23, 2003, implementing section 1111 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (116 Stat. 2135), November 25, 2002. Under that section of the act, ATFE was established in DOJ, effective January 24, 2003; and all functions, personnel, and assets of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) not relating to the administration and enforcement of Federal laws regulating the manufacture and taxation of alcohol and tobacco products were transferred from the Department of the Treasury (DOTreas) to DOJ and vested in ATFE. All of ATF's functions, personnel, and assets connected with its mission to administer and enforce Federal laws regulating the manufacture and taxation of alcohol and tobacco products were retained in DOTreas and vested in the newly established Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.

Predecessor Agencies:
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (1972-2003)

Functions: ATFE enforces Federal criminal laws concerning alcohol and tobacco smuggling and diversion; oversees firearms, explosives, and arson programs; and regulates the explosives industry in accordance with provisions of the Safe Explosives Act, incorporated into the Homeland Security Act of 2002 as sections 1121-1128. In this last capacity, ATFE acts to prevent felons and other prohibited persons from obtaining explosives, and issues or denies the required Federal license or permit for the acquisition of explosive materials.

Related Records:
Records of the Internal Revenue Service, RG 58.
Records of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, RG 564.

436.2 Records of the Office of Regulatory Enforcement

436.2.1 Records of the Market Compliance Branch

Textual Records: Industry Statistics System (INDSTATS) statistical reports concerning production, taxable and tax free transfers, and inventories of beer, wine, distilled spirits, tobacco, firearms, explosives, and other commodities regulated by the Bureau, 1983-84.

Bibliographic note: Web version based on Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States. Compiled by Robert B. Matchette et al. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1995.
3 volumes, 2428 pages.

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