Sensenbrenner: Abolish the ATF

by | Jan 16, 2017

“Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., has proposed legislation that would dissolve the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The one-time Judiciary Committee chairman said other federal law enforcement agencies can handle the controversial bureau’s duties.

His bill, the ATF Elimination Act, would impose a hiring freeze at the ATF, require the Justice Department to “eliminate and reduce duplicative functions and waste,” and mandate a report to Congress detailing how it would shut down the ATF and transfer its responsibilities to the FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency and other departments.

Sensenbrenner would see the FBI assume the ATF’s enforcement of firearms, explosives and arson laws while the DEA would absorb its responsibility for ensuring that alcohol and tobacco are not illegally distributed. The FBI would take over the ATF’s building and assets.”

Read the rest at the Washington Examiner here.

About Scott Horton

Scott Horton is director of the Libertarian Institute, editorial director of Antiwar.com, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from ScottHorton.org. He's the author of the 2021 book Enough Already: Time to End the War on Terrorism, the 2017 book, Fool's Errand:Time to End the War in Afghanistan, editor of the 2019 book The Great Ron Paul: The Scott Horton Show Interviews 2004–2019 and the 2022 book Hotter Than The Sun: Time to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. He’s conducted more than 6,000 interviews since 2003. Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Larisa Alexandrovna Horton.

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