Bill would disband ATF
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Mar 09, 2015
A Wisconsin lawmaker this month reintroduced a bill in the House that would abolish the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Under the bill (H.R. 1326), sponsored by Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R), ATF's current functions related to federal firearms, explosives and arson laws, and those related to violent crime and domestic terrorism, would be transferred to the FBI. Functions related to federal alcohol and tobacco smuggling laws would be turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Sensenbrenner also introduced the bill last year, but the previous Congress failed to act on it.
In comments last September, Sensenbrenner called his legislation "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," he said on introducing the bill last year. "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. ... Without a doubt, we can fulfill the role of the ATF more efficiently.”