Washington, DC –-(Ammoland.com)- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are jointly conducting an industry awareness initiative for businesses that distribute and sell black powder, black powder substitutes, and smokeless powder.
The purpose is to increase industry awareness of potential criminal or terrorist activity indicators and provide guidance on how to report suspicious activity.
Black powder, black powder substitutes, and smokeless powder are common bomb – making materials that are readily available to a purchaser with criminal or terrorist intent.
The enclosed “ Industry Advisory ” poster has been developed to educate retail employees involved in the sale of powders that have the potential for being used in bomb making materials.
If you are a distributor of black powder, black powder substitutes, or smokeless powder to retail outlets, you are asked to consider including the Industry Advisory posters with your shipments for use by retail establishments.
If you are a retailer of these powders, you are encouraged to provide this information to your employees, especially those who regularly interact with customers, as they are best positioned to observe these potentially suspicious behaviors and activities. By learning what to look for and how to report suspicious behavior, you and your employees can be a critical resource to law enforcement officials in preventing attacks. We strongly encourage your business to establish relationships with your local law enforcement agencies and the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF).
Finally, please consider integrating awareness and reporting of suspicious behaviors into your formal employee training programs.
Your collective assistance in reporting the suspicious activities of those you believe have exhibited warning indicators will greatly enhance our ability to prevent criminal or terrorist activity. By working together we can make America safer. We appreciate your support of this critically important undertaking.