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ATF Head: Our Job Is Not To Take Away People’s Guns




In his first tele­vi­sion inter­view, Bureau of Alco­hol, Tobac­co, Firearms and Explo­sives (ATF) Deputy Direc­tor, Head Thomas Bran­don tells CBS’ “Sun­day Morn­ing” that the agency’s job is not to take away firearms from peo­ple, but to reg­u­late weapons that can be mis­used.

We’re a small agency with a big job,” Bran­don tells cor­re­spon­dent Richard Schlesinger, in an inter­view to be broad­cast Sun­day, July 31.

Bran­don also says his agency is ham­pered by not hav­ing the nec­es­sary tech­nol­o­gy. Con­gress has imposed con­straints on ATF, such as pro­hibit­ing the agency from cre­at­ing a com­put­er­ized data­base of gun pur­chas­es.

The roots of the cur­rent ATF were plant­ed in 1791 by Alexan­der Hamil­ton, when he decid­ed to col­lect tax­es on whiskey. Over time, the agency mor­phed into today’s ATF, which now pur­sues ille­gal gun traf­fick­ers, as well as con­duct­ing arson and explo­sive inves­ti­ga­tions.

The agency has played key roles in the Pulse night­club shoot­ing inves­ti­ga­tion, the World Trade Cen­ter bomb­ing, and the attack on the Okla­homa Fed­er­al Build­ing.

Yet, it’s also an agency that is tar­get­ed by gun advo­cates and Mem­bers of Con­gress, who see the agency as a threat to legal gun own­er­ship.

I think we ought to get rid of the ATF,” says Rep. James Sensen­bren­ner (R-Wis.). Sensen­bren­ner oppos­es the AFT hav­ing a search­able data­base of gun man­u­fac­tur­ing and gun sales because, he says, it amounts to “de fac­to gun reg­is­tra­tion.”

Yet, Bran­don says, not hav­ing the data­base hurts. Indeed, after the San Bernardi­no shoot­ings, it took 12 hours to find out who owned the guns used in the attack. He says a com­put­er data­base would have helped, and adds that not hav­ing one sim­ply doesn’t make sense.

There’s a lot of things that don’t make sense in this town, you know?” Bran­don tells Schlesinger. “And, so, yeah, would it be effi­cient and effec­tive? Absolute­ly. Would the tax­pay­ers ben­e­fit with pub­lic safe­ty? Absolute­ly. Are we allowed to do it? No.”

Schlesinger’s report on the ATF is part of a spe­cial “Sun­day Morn­ing” broad­cast this week­end, titled “Guns and Amer­i­ca.”

The Emmy Award-win­ning “Sun­day Morn­ing with Charles Osgood” is broad­cast on CBS on Sun­days begin­ning at 9:00 a.m. ET. Exec­u­tive pro­duc­er is Rand Mor­ri­son.

Full Sto­ry Here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/atf-head-our-job-is-not-to-take-away-peoples-guns/




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