If the ATF Is Eliminated, Will It Be Good or Bad for Gun Owners?

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ATF agentsIf there’s one thing that the government is highly skilled at, it’s creating excessive amounts of bureaucracy and extra layers of red tape for people to jump through.

And Republican Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner is sick of it.

He has recently brought new legislation before Congress that would eliminate the ATF in its entirety, including all 5,000 agents who work for the agency.

The extra duties would be taken up by the FBI as well as the DEA. As Sensenbrenner says:

Washington should be responsible stewards of the American taxpayers’ money. While all too often that is not the case, this is a good government bill to streamline agency activity at DOJ—increasing effectiveness while decreasing cost.

The ATF is a largely duplicative, scandal ridden agency that lacks a clear mission. It is plagued by backlogs, funding gaps, hiring challenges and a lack of leadership. For decades it has been branded by high profile failures.

There is also significant overlap with other agencies. At a time when we are approaching $18 trillion in debt, waste and redundancy within our federal agencies must be addressed. Without a doubt, we can fulfill the role of the ATF more efficiently.

Sensenbrenner said the main reasons he’s introducing the legislation is because there is a need “to eliminate and reduce duplicative functions and waste to the maximum extent possible, and to report to Congress with a detailed plan on how the transition will take place.”

The ATF has been embroiled in scandal over the past few years. These include their involvement with the Fast and Furious scandal to less publicized events such as the role of ATF agents taking advantage of mentally disabled teenagers in the state of Wisconsin.

The incidents in question took place in Sensenbrenner’s home state and included agents forcing the teens to get neck tattoos as well as teaching them how to commit crimes.

Rarely will the elimination of an extraneous government office be a bad thing.

As Sensenbrenner said, “At a time when we are approaching $18 trillion in debt, waste and redundancy within our federal agencies must be addressed… Without a doubt, we can fulfill the role of the ATF more efficiently.”

Yet one must still wonder how the FBI and DEA will handle the “firearms” part of the ATF’s responsibilities. And will it be good or bad for gun owners?

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