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Offline PPS1980

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The ATF Elimination Act introduced in Congress
« on: January 14, 2017, 09:21:17 AM »
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Today, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI 5th District) reintroduced the ATF Elimination Act, legislation that would dissolve the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and merge its exclusive duties into existing federal agencies.

Additionally, the Act calls for an immediate hiring freeze at the agency and requires the Department of Justice (DOJ) to eliminate and reduce duplicative functions and waste, as well as report to Congress with a detailed plan on how the transition will take place. Further, it would transfer enforcement of firearms, explosives and arson laws to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products would be transferred to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

Under this bill, the DEA and FBI would be required to submit to Congress a plan for winding down the affairs of the ATF after no more than 180 days, and field offices, along with other buildings and assets of the ATF, would be transferred to the FBI. It would have one year to report excess property to the General Services Administration (GSA).

Congressman Sensenbrenner: “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.

https://bearingarms.com/bob-o/2017/01/13/house-bill-disband-leaderless-meandering-atf/
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Re: The ATF Elimination Act introduced in Congress
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2017, 10:52:07 AM »
Elimination of DEA would serve better, the war on drugs is naught but a boondoggle.
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Re: The ATF Elimination Act introduced in Congress
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2017, 11:02:00 AM »
Going nowhere.
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Re: The ATF Elimination Act introduced in Congress
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Re: The ATF Elimination Act introduced in Congress
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2017, 11:31:18 AM »
Many Fed agencies can be eliminated.  There is so much overlap between Fed, and Fed agencies, and also Fed and state agencies. 

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Re: The ATF Elimination Act introduced in Congress
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2017, 09:49:38 PM »
Going nowhere.

That's what many said about the Hearing Protection Act. The leadership is behind it by reports today. It's a different Congress.
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Re: The ATF Elimination Act introduced in Congress
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2017, 11:16:23 PM »
Going nowhere.

That's what many said about the Hearing Protection Act. The leadership is behind it by reports today. It's a different Congress.

Not happening either.

I'll be as happy as the next guy if either of these pipe dreams become reality, but...I'll believe it when the legislation is enacted.
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Re: The ATF Elimination Act introduced in Congress
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2017, 12:24:58 AM »
It'd be nice if they would at least end the paperwork and tax on suppressors. Then I'd go buy one.

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Re: The ATF Elimination Act introduced in Congress
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2017, 01:26:25 PM »
Believe it when I see it.  I agree they are adrift at times but the ATF will never be dissolved.

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Re: The ATF Elimination Act introduced in Congress
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2017, 06:38:04 PM »
Must not be many people who remember the old days when the FBI and the Dept of Treasury was over guns.

Oh, wait.

FBI still is in control/charge of NICS.  And Dept, of Treasury is still the entity that you write NFA tax stamp payments too.

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