Definition of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

 
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(abbreviation ATF)
 
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the division of the US Department of Justice that is responsible for laws relating to alcohol, tobacco, guns and explosives. The Bureau was established in 1972 as part of the Department of the Treasury and was moved to the Department of Justice in 2003.