Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF): History, Role & Purpose


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The ATF traces its roots back to _____.

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1. The ATF currently falls under which federal government department?

2. Which of the following is NOT a duty of the ATF?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help you assess your understanding of the history and role of the ATF, also known as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. You will be quizzed on the jurisdiction and duties of the ATF.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following:

  • The origin of the ATF
  • What branch of the federal government the ATF falls under
  • Duties of the ATF
  • The name of the law that requires background checks for firearms purchases
  • The definition of 'buttlegging'

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the ATF in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the history of the ATF
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the duties of the ATF

Additional Learning

To learn more about this law enforcement agency, review the corresponding lesson on ATF History and Role. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about the ATF's role in law enforcement
  • Review the duties of the ATF
  • Discuss the history of the ATF