Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw Enforcement & Police · 1 decade ago

Is it the BATF or the ATF?

Does the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms consider themselves

the ATF? or the BATF?

When I was a kid back in the 80/90s and things like Ruby Ridge or Waco happened, it seemed like they called themselves the ATF. But nowadays I see more BATF than ATF. So which is it?

5 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    ATF is the common acronym but it is actually BATFE.

    Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

    Source(s): 26 years in law enforcement.
  • 1 decade ago

    The agency calls itself ATF.

    Check out their website:

    You will see it is headed "ATF Online" and that all mentions of the agency on the site are are ATF not BATF

    Source(s): Criminal justice professor
  • 1 decade ago

    ATF is the acronym that is used. It is a beaurau of the department of justice, that's why you hear it like that.

  • 1 decade ago

    Back in the 1920's I believe they were called the Bureau of Prohibition.

    Go to their website and read about them. -->>

    Source(s): ATF Online - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
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  • 1 decade ago

    shows what strange minds americans have what have alcohol, tobacco and firearms got to do with each other?

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