November 2002

Downrange: 11/02

Itís long been debated that all or part of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, well known by its acronym BATF, should be moved from the Treasury Department to the Justice Department. Those discussions have been renewed as part of the Bush administrationís overall realigning of the federal governmentís law-enforcement operations. Over the years, various administrations have considered reassigning ATF to other agencies. Much of the debate has historically focused on how best to handle the Bureauís two branches: its criminal law-enforcement arm, responsible for enforcing the nationís firearms and explosives laws, and its regulatory division responsible for...

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