The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Lasers was a government agency of the United States that was both a law enforcement agency and a regulatory organization.
The BADTFL began after the first energy weapon came out for the Public during the 1960's, forcing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to change it's name to incorporate all categories of weapons into the Bureau. The BADTFL made it know that it was enforcing harsh laws on the items in order to prevent a "nation wide coup by the Communists". Throughout the 1970's and 1980's, the BADTFL continued to regulate the nation's drugs and alcohol, tobacco, and weapons by force. BAFTFL agents would break into suspected homes with already handy warrants and arrested suspected criminals and 'communists' who might be holding any of the illegal substances and items that the BADTFL were responsible for.
Political pundits would argue that the BADTFL, along with other government bureaus and administrations, was violating the Constitutional Rights of Americans. However, their voices were quickly silenced by the mob mentality of most Americans, who feared that Maurijana and Wattz Rifles were close to pushing roudy teens over to Communist and Socialist propaganda.
After the Great WarEdit
Various items and Agents and the BADTFL still exist in the wasteland. If anyone looks close enough, they might be able to find PSA posters that talk about the importance of weapon safety, the dangerous and subversive use of drugs, the reasons behind gun laws and other topics. Other things, such as weapons, official cars, holotapes, and even Agents themselves (ghoulified from severe radiation).