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The Bureau of Alcohol, Drugs, Tobacco, Firearms and Lasers (BADTFL) was a specialized federal law enforcement and regulatory organization of the United States of America.

PurposeEdit

Among other things, BADTFL offices were responsible for issuing special permits for the civilian use of combat armor, because this kind of equipment was designated for military and police use.[1] It also issued firearms licenses and conducted firearms licensee qualification and compliance inspections.[2]

In the 21st century, 10mm was the standard ammunition caliber of the BADTFL, used in 10mm pistols and 10mm submachine guns, whereas the military was primarily concerned with Energy Weapons.[3] The agency also involved itself in preventing and apprehending gun runners and rings throughout the nation, with a notable bust occurring in 2075.[4]

The BADTFL was actively involved in the investigation of Edward Winter. Unknown to other agencies such as the Boston Police Department, Winter was working with the bureau to incriminate his associates, in exchange for immunity. Operation Winter's End was solely a distraction to make it seem that Winter was the only one under investigation.[5]

However, the investigation had not been without losses. Jennifer Lands, the fiancé of lead detective Nick Valentine, was killed.[6] The bureau picked up intelligence of increased chatter from Winter's associates regarding the whereabouts of Lands. Seniors in the bureau decided against putting the couple in witness protection in order not to compromise the investigation.[7]

AppearancesEdit

BADTFL is mentioned in Fallout, Fallout 4 and Fallout 76.

Behind the scenesEdit

The Bureau of Alcohol, Drugs, Tobacco, Firearms and Lasers, aka BADTFL, is the Fallout Universe's version of the real world Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, aka ATF.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Vault Dweller's Survival Guide p.5-17: "Combat Armor is advanced personal armor for the 22nd century police officer or military grunt. This is about the best armor a Vault Dweller is likely to see in their lifetime. Combat Armor is highly effective against most types of damage, is light weight (for it’s protective value), and is, unfortunately, not available without a special permit. Interested parties should contact the BADTFL office near them."
  2. The name of the agency and real-life auspices.
  3. Chris Taylor interview for Vault13.net
  4. See Curtis Wilson for details.
  5. We are done
  6. Boston Bugle building terminal entries
  7. BADTFL regional office terminal entries
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