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Bill calls for abolishment of ATF

Bill proposed in the U.S. House calls for abolishment of ATF (Photo: AP)

Bill pro­posed in the U.S. House calls for abol­ish­ment of ATF (Pho­to: AP)

A bill has been pro­posed in U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives that would elim­i­nate the Bureau of Alco­hol, Tobac­co, Firearms and Explo­sives.

The ATF Elim­i­na­tion Act, which was rein­tro­duced by Wis­con­sin Rep. Jim Sensen­bren­ner on Thurs­day, calls for an ATF hir­ing freeze and would trans­fer the ATF’s cur­rent respon­si­bil­i­ties to the Fed­er­al Bureau of Inves­ti­ga­tion and the Drug Enforce­ment Admin­is­tra­tion.

Accord­ing to the bill, the FBI and DEA would need to sub­mit a plan for scal­ing down ATF affairs with­in 180 days of the bill’s enact­ment into law. With­in one year, the FBI would have to issue a report to the Gen­er­al Ser­vices Admin­is­tra­tion regard­ing ATF prop­er­ty that will either need to be trans­ferred or excessed.

In a press release Thurs­day, Rep. Sensen­bren­ner issued the fol­low­ing state­ment regard­ing the pro­pos­al:

Despite our coun­try being tril­lions of dol­lars in debt, gov­ern­ment spend­ing con­tin­ues to rise. Com­mon sense bud­get­ing solu­tions are nec­es­sary, and the ATF Elim­i­na­tion Act is one mea­sure we can take to reduce spend­ing, redun­dan­cy, and prac­tice respon­si­ble gov­er­nance. The ATF is a scan­dal-rid­den, large­ly duplica­tive agency that has been brand­ed by fail­ure and lacks a clear mis­sion. It is plagued by back­logs, fund­ing gaps, hir­ing chal­lenges, and a lack of lead­er­ship. These facts make it a log­i­cal place to begin drain­ing the swamp and act­ing in the best inter­est of the Amer­i­can tax­pay­er.

The ATF drew heat in 2011 after the so-called Fast and Furi­ous oper­a­tion, in which the ATF will­ing­ly let Mex­i­can drug car­tels buy ille­gal firearms in order to track the guns and then arrest the crim­i­nals car­ry­ing them.

The oper­a­tion went dras­ti­cal­ly wrong as agents lost track of the guns. Instead of lead­ing to arrests of high-rank­ing car­tel mem­bers, the firearms were report­ed­ly used in numer­ous mur­ders in Mex­i­co.
Bill calls for abol­ish­ment of ATF
Bill calls for abol­ish­ment of ATF

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