It’s Baa-ack

January 18, 2017

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It’s Baa-ack

Last Friday Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (in the photo above), a Republican from Wisconsin, reintroduced the ATF Elimination Act. The bill would dissolve the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and merge its exclusive duties into existing federal agencies.

Sensenbrenner introduced the act for the first time on March 4, 2015. The bill has languished in the circle of bureaucratic hell called the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations until its reintroduction.

Scandal And Waste

In May 2015, the Center for American Progress, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C., estimated that folding the ATF into the Federal Bureau of Investigation would save taxpayers $58.7 million a year. The ATF has also been at the center of numerous scandals in the last quarter century: The most notable of which have been the Ruby Ridge siege in Idaho in 1992; the raid on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco in 1993; and the so-called gunwalking scandal which became public in 2011. During that quarter century, the ATF has been the primary federal police force that infiltrates motorcycle clubs.

ATF investigations are notorious for the unethical behavior of the Bureau’s undercover agents. In May, 2014, in discussing an ATF drug entrapment, Federal District Judge Manuel L. Real wrote:  “It is unclear why the ATF, which has no authority over illicit drugs, is trying to ensnare citizens in its fictitious stash house robberies. Further, the government has provided no evidence that there have been any stash house robberies in Southern California nor any evidence of the necessity of trolling poor neighborhoods to ensnare its poor citizens.”

Immediate Hiring Freeze

Sensenbrenner’s act calls for an immediate hiring freeze at the Bureau and requires the Department of Justice 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 FBI and illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products would be transferred to the Drug Enforcement Agency.

Under the 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. The ATF would have one year to report excess property to the General Services Administration.

In a press release announcing the reintroduction of his bill, Congressman Sensenbrenner wrote: “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.”

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13 Responses to “It’s Baa-ack”

  1. James Crawford Says:

    BATF, proof that guns and booze do not mix.

    See the raid on the Branch Davidian compound outside Waco where three out of four of the deceased agents were shot with .556 or .308 caliber rifles consistant with the rifles used by ATF snipers in the undercover house rather than the 7.62 x 39 mm (AK-47) and .50 BMG that they claimed the Branch Davidians ambushed them with.

  2. Chop Says:

    When was homeland security created? Even if we do abolish the ATF, the net change will be zero after they created homeland. . .

  3. Myron DaMan Says:

    Ironic that a group as corrupt as the Center for American Progress points a finger at the ATF, even gives leave for one to wonder at THEIR motives.

    But yes I contacted my rep and senator as soon as I saw this bill. Shooting periodicals reported a “Martinez” type incident in the 1990’s as well as the ATF busting into a home at the wrong address and blowing away the man of the house when he tried to defend himself. (an often repeated G. Gordon Liddy parable).

    I’m with you, Base the IRS was weaponized under the ACA and worse than any other gov agency it is actually in their power and charter to totally suspend due process.

    Too many guns pointed this direction.

    Myron

  4. Fr. Abraham Says:

    While I’m definitely in favor of shutting down the ATF, that’s not really what the bill does…it just hands a new badge and business card to the ATF agents and gives some money to the FBI so they can hang a new sign in front of what used to be the ATF building.

    Aside from that, nothing would really change. They’re not doing away with ATF rulings, or the laws they enforce, which is what needs to happen.

  5. Sieg Says:

    RIP/GBNF Tomcat 1%’er

    The amerikan terror force is the most corrupt, dirty, disgusting, thug-ridden, parasitic, worthless pos agency in the entire government.

    And that’s the only good thing I can say about it.

    FTF/FTP
    TOSIAR

  6. Mercyful Fate Says:

    Yes, please put an end to this waste of a gov’t agency. I’ll be contacting my representatives to support the passage of this bill.

  7. Paladin Says:

    Members of the ATF are some of the most useless people I’ve ever had the displeasure to interact with.

    Paladin

  8. Mad Dog Says:

    Why wouldn’t this have bipartisan support in Congress?

  9. Base Says:

    Knowing when to strike is key in achieving goals in any endeavor.

    Congressman Sensenbrenner timing good be in a favorable point. President elect Trump, love him, hate him has the power of the pen and is a business man, if this bill is presented & backed by common sense for cutting the fat out of the budget he and other business minded people in Washington would be hard press to over look such a thing.

    The congressman will need to pound the drum loudly and get others behind the idea to push this bill into the light.

    We as citizens could aid him by bombarding our elected with mail, snail & electronic, face to face meetings. Alert them they are on notice, either do what is asked or seek new employment.

    There is a definite power shift in play in Washington and across the country. The last president election should open many eyes that we the people are still a very powerful entity that has been taken for granite.

    A big mistake on their part.

    Should this bill catch on, pass and the ATF indeed is dissolved perhaps they will set their sites on the IRS or any number of organization’s off the leash and shut them down as well.

    Respectively
    Base

  10. Ronbo Says:

    And get rid of Home Land Security, We already have that, It’s called USMC.

    Thanks Rebel
    Ronbo

  11. Smitty1961 Says:

    Let’s hope he succeeds. Worthless bunch of dickhead Nazis.

  12. donny brasco Says:

    my 3 favorite things {of course I include explosives} The Government ATF dept. needs to disappear.

  13. Westside Says:

    Rest in Peace Tomcat 1%er

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