Why is the E in the abbreviation ATF absent?
If it stands for "Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives".....
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
originally it was named "The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms" w/o the Explosives word.
- 1 decade ago
Because there is no "E" they usually call the bomb squad, or ex-military demolitions to handle the explosives. Not sure where you got this from, maybe now they do handle explosives.
- LoftyDogLv 41 decade ago
The government likes 3 letter initials more than 4:
FBI, CIA,DEA INS, ICE, DOD, DOJ, DHS, DIA, NSA, NGA, etc.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Saves money on the forms they paid for years ago. For decades it was the BATF, no reason to spend tax dollars to change business cards and forms now.