From: The Honorable F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr.
Bill: H.R. 509
Time to Abolish the ATF
Become a Co-sponsor of the ATF Elimination Act
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is a duplicative, scandal ridden agency that lacks a clear mission. We can do the same job more efficiently for less.
For decades, the ATF has been branded by high profile failures—from Ruby Ridge and the Waco Siege to Operations “Fast and Furious” and “Fearless. A recent Government Accountability Office report on the ATF continues to show an agency plagued by backlogs, funding gaps, hiring challenges and lack of leadership.
There are also egregious instances of overlap with other agencies. Both the ATF and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have jurisdiction over explosives investigations. There is often confusion over which agency has the lead in any certain investigation.
Additionally, both operate separate explosives training schools and explosive laboratories in Huntsville, Alabama, less than a mile from each other. Not only does this duplication waste money, it can delay investigations, interviews, and crime scene processing.
We can do better.
The ATF Elimination Act will absolve the ATF, and merge the exclusive duties of the agency into existing federal agencies. The legislation also calls for an immediate hiring freeze at the ATF, and requires the Department of Justice to report to Congress a detailed plan on how the transition will take place. At a time when we are approaching $18 trillion in debt, we need to demand accountability within our federal agencies and to take a closer look at cutting waste and redundancy. I urge you to join me in
supporting and cosponsoring this legislation.
F. James Sensenbrenner Jr.
Member of Congress