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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.


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.[2] It also issued firearms licenses and conducted firearms license qualification and compliance inspections, such as for laser weaponry.[3][4][5]

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.[6] The agency also involved itself in preventing and apprehending gun runners and rings throughout the nation, with a notable bust occurring in 2075.[7] However, the agency was not without corruption, as an Appalachian drug kingpin was able to utilize their contacts within the agency to deal with a corrupt police officer attempting to get them forced out of the region.[8]

Operation Winter's End

The BADTFL was actively involved in the investigation of Eddie 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.[9]

However, the investigation had not been without losses. Jennifer Lands, the fiancé of lead detective Nick Valentine, was killed.[10] 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.[11]


BADTFL is mentioned in Fallout, Fallout 4, Fallout 76 and its update Wastelanders.

Behind the scenes

The Bureau of Alcohol, Drugs, Tobacco, Firearms and Lasers, aka BADTFL, is the Fallout universe version of the real world Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, aka ATF, as well as the Drug Enforcement Administration.


  1. BADTFL Regional Office front.jpg
  2. 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."
  3. The name of the agency and real-life auspices.
  4. BADTFL regional office terminal entries; Terminal, Prisoner 2AA6701
  5. BADTFL regional office terminal entries; Terminal, Prisoner 4CA8712
  6. Chris Taylor interview for
  7. Investigator's cabin article
  8. Visit with Officer Whitehead
  9. We are done
  10. Boston Bugle building terminal entries
  11. BADTFL regional office terminal entries
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