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Friday, March 06, 2015

ATF to become convenience store?

Conservatives love the T-shirt "Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms should be a convenience store, not a government agency."

The bureaucracy's attempt to ban ammunition may pave the way for doing just that.

In the wake of that unconstitutional action by agency employees, Republican Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin re-introduced legislation to eliminate the agency.

The FBI would assume the ATF's duties.

The congressman said in a statement: "The ATF is a scandal-ridden, largely duplicative agency that lacks a clear mission. Its 'Framework' is an affront to the Second Amendment and yet another reason why Congress should pass the ATF Elimination Act."

Maybe something will come of this.

As the Hill pointed out, he is not the first congressman to propose abolish the agency, which is a leftover from the Nixon administration. In 1993. Democratic Congressman John Conyers introduced a similar bill. The two have worked together on other legislation and issues, including reform of asset forfeiture.



  1. But monkey time.

    The last time any effort to abolish the ATF gained serious legs, which you mentioned with Conyers back in 1993, the ATF got so desperate to cook up reasons to justify its existence that it led to Waco.

  2. When the Treasury Dept budget comes up, Congress (Republicans?) should fund each sub agency individually. Then just forget to fund BATFE and DEA. Give their money to the FBI. We need to reduce the number of Storm Trooper agencies.

    Also, the Justice Department should be an independent agency, specifically to avoid the conflict of interest of having the Attorney General investigating (or not) their boss. This may require a Constitutional amendment. It would eliminate the need for special prosecutors. The Attorney General would be appointed by a 2/3rds majority of both houses of congress for a four year term. The president (the primary target of legal oversight) would not be involved, again, avoiding the conflict of interest. After all States' Attorneys General are not appointed by the governor.