The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Keep and Bear
The ATF stands for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives – a federal law enforcement agency that aims to reduce crime related to the aforementioned categories.
In terms of firearms, the ATF provides licenses to sellers, conducts firearms inspections, traces weapons, and works with other law enforcement agencies to help prevent any unlawful possession of firearms.
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About the NFA
An important part of the ATF’s work is to enforce the NFA, or National Firearms Act, an act of Congress that was passed in 1934 and later amended slightly in 1968. The NFA is the largest piece of legislation which regulates firearms, specifically targeting the following: short-barreled rifles, short-barreled shotguns, machine guns, silencers, and suppressors, as well as two vague items: “destructive devices” and “any other weapon.” The NFA has been the subject of much debate but is stillpost was originally published on this site