In 2002, President Bush signed the Homeland Security Act that assisted the Nation’s effort to protect its citizens from terrorists, both foreign and domestic. Dramatically expanding federal regulation of every user of explosives, tucked away in that massive legislation are provisions popularly known as “The Safe Explosives Act,” or “SEA,” which is Title XI, Subtitle C, of The Homeland Security Act.
- Congress enacted the Safe Explosives Act (“SEA”) on November 25, 2002 as part of the Homeland Security Act.
- The purpose of the SEA is to prevent terrorists and criminals from obtaining explosives.
- The SEA imposes a permitting, licensing and background clearance requirement on all users, manufacturers, dealers and importers of explosives.
- ATF is the agency responsible for enforcement of the SEA.
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