TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
PART I - CRIMES
CHAPTER 40 - IMPORTATION, MANUFACTURE, DISTRIBUTION AND STORAGE OF
Sec. 846. Additional powers of the Attorney General
(a) The Attorney General is authorized to inspect the site of any
accident, or fire, in which there is reason to believe that
explosive materials were involved, in order that if any such
incident has been brought about by accidental means, precautions
may be taken to prevent similar accidents from occurring. In order
to carry out the purpose of this subsection, the Attorney General
is authorized to enter into or upon any property where explosive
materials have been used, are suspected of having been used, or
have been found in an otherwise unauthorized location. Nothing in
this chapter shall be construed as modifying or otherwise affecting
in any way the investigative authority of any other Federal agency.
In addition to any other investigatory authority they have with
respect to violations of provisions of this chapter, the Federal
Bureau of Investigation, together with the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, shall have authority to conduct
investigations with respect to violations of subsection (d), (e),
(f), (g), (h), or (i) of section 844 of this title.
(b) The Attorney General is authorized to establish a national
repository of information on incidents involving arson and the
suspected criminal misuse of explosives. All Federal agencies
having information concerning such incidents shall report the
information to the Attorney General pursuant to such regulations as
deemed necessary to carry out the provisions of this subsection.
The repository shall also contain information on incidents
voluntarily reported to the Attorney General by State and local
(Added Pub. L. 91-452, title XI, Sec. 1102(a), Oct. 15, 1970, 84
Stat. 959; amended Pub. L. 104-208, div. A, title I, Sec. 101(f)
[title VI, Sec. 654(a)], Sept. 30, 1996, 110 Stat. 3009-314, 3009-
369; Pub. L. 107-296, title XI, Sec. 1112(e)(2), (3), Nov. 25,
2002, 116 Stat. 2276.)
2002 - Pub. L. 107-296, Sec. 1112(e)(3), substituted "Attorney
General" for "Secretary" in section catchline.
Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 107-296, Sec. 1112(e)(3), substituted
"Attorney General" for "Secretary" in two places.
Pub. L. 107-296, Sec. 1112(e)(2), substituted "the Federal Bureau
of Investigation, together with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms, and Explosives" for "the Attorney General and the Federal
Bureau of Investigation, together with the Secretary".
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 107-296, Sec. 1112(e)(3), substituted
"Attorney General" for "Secretary" wherever appearing.
1996 - Pub. L. 104-208 designated existing provisions as subsec.
(a) and added subsec. (b).
EFFECTIVE DATE OF 2002 AMENDMENT
Amendment by Pub. L. 107-296 effective 60 days after Nov. 25,
2002, see section 4 of Pub. L. 107-296, set out as an Effective
Date note under section 101 of Title 6, Domestic Security.
AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS
Section 101(f) [title VI, Sec. 654(b)] of div. A of Pub. L. 104-
208 provided that: "There is authorized to be appropriated such
sums as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this
subsection [probably means "this section" which amended this
CERTIFICATION OF EXPLOSIVES DETECTION CANINES
Pub. L. 106-554, Sec. 1(a)(3) [title VI, Sec. 626], Dec. 21,
2000, 114 Stat. 2763, 2763A-162, provided that: "Hereafter, the
Secretary of the Treasury is authorized to establish scientific
certification standards for explosives detection canines, and shall
provide, on a reimbursable basis, for the certification of
explosives detection canines employed by Federal agencies, or other
agencies providing explosives detection services at airports in the
Similar provisions were contained in the following prior
Pub. L. 106-58, title VI, Sec. 630, Sept. 29, 1999, 113 Stat.
Pub. L. 105-277, div. A, Sec. 101(h) [title VI, Sec. 640], Oct.
21, 1998, 112 Stat. 2681-480, 2681-526.
Pub. L. 105-61, title VI, Sec. 627, Oct. 10, 1997, 111 Stat.
Pub. L. 104-208, div. A, title I, Sec. 101(f) [title VI, Sec.
653(a)], Sept. 30, 1996, 110 Stat. 3009-314, 3009-369.
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