Skip to comments.Proposal to eliminate ATF opposed from both sides of gun debate
Posted on 07/14/2014 5:23:28 AM PDT by rellimpank
A proposal to eliminate the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is drawing opposition from groups that typically sit on opposite sides of the gun debate.
The idea, advanced last week by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and a left-leaning think tank, also is drawing support from powerful Republicans, and some Democrats are indicating a willingness to at least discuss the idea.
A longtime former top ATF supervisor said his former employer is hobbled by a lack of supervision and leadership and folding it into the FBI and other agencies has merit.
"I am not surprised by the proposed bill because of the leadership failures, especially in the past few years," said James Zammillo, who retired as deputy assistant director of field operations for industry operations at the ATF. "How long do you allow it go on until you have to take this route? I don't know what the other options are."
B. Todd Jones was confirmed as director of the ATF last year, after the agency went for seven years without a permanent director. A spokeswoman for the ATF said last week the agency would not comment on Sensenbrenner's proposal without seeing a bill's language. A bill has not been drafted. She did not return calls for comment.
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F-Troop should be eliminated, but what would take its place would probably be worse, as Democrats would use the legislation for its replacement to create all kinds of new Federal regulations on the Constitutionally-enumerated right to keep and bear arms.
One great, big, happy family gummint.
I predict this will pass in the future
Now if they could merge Education and Energy into the Department of worthless gum flapping...
ATF, IRS, BLM, and a host of other government agencies should be eliminated for various reasons, cost, intrusiveness, duplication of services, and need for another revenue source instead of an income tax among them.
If the COnstitution does not specifically provide for the provision of a service by the Federal Government, it shouldn’t exist.
Ahhh - “both sides” the GOPe and the democrats.
Perhaps there truly exists opposition to big intrusive government...
(The author is a lazy idiot who assume we all are too.)
Frankly, gunowners and second amendment supporters who consider the NSSF as a friend, don’t know enough about infringement and who their friends are.
Reprint from Infowars.com
Actually, the original Treasury BATF was split when DHS was created. The tax and regulatory side are still under the Treasury, and are now called the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB for short). The law enforcement and investigatory sides stayed as the BATFE (the E is Explosives) and moved under the Department of Justice. This was all done sometime in 2003, IIRC. There is still overlap, as is typical with the Fed.
The only thing ATF should be is three aisles at Wal Mart.
Note my tagline.
Darn, I was going to be IBTFATFSBACSNAGA...
In before the first “ATF should be a convenience store...”
Once again, we've let the left define the narrative. Are our returning veterans likely to be murdering innocent women and children? That's what terrorists DO. By lumping those who are likely to resist tyranny by the regime in with that kind the left hopes to diminish support for us among the uninvolved.
Just folding the ATF into FBI is just asking the corrupt to change hats.
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