Criminal Offenses Against People

Gun violence is a serious problem in the United States. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) is a federal agency that deals with violent crimes that use guns. The ATF's obligations include enforcing federal laws on the manufacturing of alcohol and tobacco, but most of its resources are dedicated to dealing with firearms, arson, and explosives. This video highlights the ATF's broad mission and specifies many of the programs that it uses to deal with criminal activity. Students looking for a career in the criminal justice system may wish to consider the ATF as a possible employer.

Video source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNX4msflNXI

1. What activities does the ATF engage in?

2. How does the ATF use technology to combat crime?

3. How does the ATF monitor the Internet to fulfill its mission of protecting the United States.

4. What special programs does the ATF utilize to deal with arson and explosive devices?