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Abstract

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms ("BATF"), an agency of the United States Treasury Department, has wide-ranging law enforcement responsibilities, which include the investigation of crimes involving guns, explosives, and illicit drugs. Its execution of these duties has been the subject of considerable controversy. This Study reports evidence that the law enforcement activities of the BAFT are influenced by both public-spirited and bureaucratic motives. The evidence presented in this Study contributes to a rethinking of the public-interest paradigm.

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