GOP Lawmaker Proposes ‘ATF Elimination Act’

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Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/AP

In response to the ATF’s determined march toward banning the M855 round for law-abiding citizens, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) has introduced legislation to eliminate the ATF altogether.

Sensenbrenner’s bill is titled the ATF Elimination Act.

According to The Hill, Sensenbrenner says the ATF as a “scandal-ridden” agency “that lacks a clear mission.” He describes it as a “largely duplicative agency” and suggests the agency’s role on “guns, explosives, and violent crime” could be carried out the FBI. He believes the agency’s work on alcohol and tobacco could be transferred to the DEA.

He said the ATF’s attempt to ban the M855 round is “an affront to the Second Amendment and yet another reason” Congress should disband the agency.

Sensenbrenner’s bill would give the ATF director “180 days… to submit a plan to Congress on how to wind down the agency.”

Representative John Conyers (D-MI) first proposed disbanding the ATF in 1993.

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