According to the article by Watchdog Reports, a new study says “that the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, charged with enforcing the nation’s gun laws and regulating the firearms industry…that the agency should be eliminated and merged into the FBI.” The report by Center for American Progress comes at the same time as a bill by U.S Rep Jim Sensenbrenner(R – Wis) “that seeks to dissolve the agency and move its law enforcement and gun industry regulatory functions into the FBI and other agencies.” The article goes on to say that “The bill and the report are the latest in a series of efforts, from both sides of the political spectrum and even by veterans of the ATF, to reform or eliminate the agency. In July, a Government Accountability Office report on the ATF described the agency as trying to redefine itself while struggling with high personnel turnover and internal problems.”
The report goes on to say ‘”ATF, as it currently exists, suffers from substantial weaknesses that compromise its ability to effectively combat gun crime and regulate the firearms industry, and a new director or piecemeal changes cannot fully solve these problems,” the report concludes. “It is time to consider a major reboot of how these issues are addressed at the federal level and for an overhaul of the federal law enforcement agencies responsible for doing so.”
Although the two different sides that are calling for the ATF to dissolve have different ideas of who should take over the responsibilities of the ATF, one thing is clear – both sides feel something needs to be done to stabilize the agency and to keep guns out of the hand of criminals.
This is not the first time that the ATF has been called to be dissolved during both the Reagan and Clinton Administration it was suggested to dissolve the agency or fold it into another agency.
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