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ATF is a three-letter abbreviation that can stand for:* Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives commonly referred to as "the ATF", a law enforcement agency within the United States Department of Justice - Source: Wikipedia

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  • William McMahon, ATF Deputy Assistant Director for Field Operations, is seen during a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing looking into the Justice Department's firearms trafficking investigation, Operation Fast and Furious, on Capitol Hill Washington, D.C., Tuesday, July 26, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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  • Seized weapons are displayed at a news conference in Phoenix in January. Weapons like these, which were walked into Mexico, are at the heart of the Fast and Furious investigation under way on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

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  • **FILE** Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. speaks July 26, 2012, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. (Associated Press)

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  • **FILE** Kenneth E. Melson, acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), speaks at a news conference in Houston in April 2009. (Associated Press)

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  • House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican (right), greets Lorren Leadmon, an ATF intelligence operations specialist, before the hearing Tuesday about the fallout from "Operation Fast and Furious." At left is Carlos Canino, ATF acting attache to Mexico.

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