March 6, 2015

Just Do It

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) has reintroduced legislation to do away with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Sensenbrenner, a senior Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, said the policies under ATF's jurisdiction could be easily incorporated into other agencies. Moreover, he argued, the ATF has become embroiled in too many controversies in recent years, like the botched "Fast and Furious" gun-tracking operation.

"The ATF is a scandal-ridden, largely duplicative agency that lacks a clear mission. Its 'Framework' is an affront to the Second Amendment and yet another reason why Congress should pass the ATF Elimination Act," Sensenbrenner said in a statement.

The ATF has drawn the ire of Republican lawmakers for its proposed ban on an armor-piercing bullet used in AR-15 rifles. Republicans say that hunters frequently use the bullets. The bureau says it initiated the regulation to help protect law enforcement officers from bullets that can pierce armored vests.
I used to take vest measurements for cops and order their body armor for my department. That last remark by the Bureau is baloney. Just about any center-fire rifle cartridge will defeat a police officer's soft body armor. Typical ballistic panels ordered for police are threat level II or IIA and they will not stop any high power rifle cartridge.

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LL said...

BATFE has outlived their usefulness. The problem is that now they're part of DOJ, neither FBI nor DEA wants their agents folded into those bureaucracies.

Fredd said...

We'll see how this proposal flies. Not to sound like a wet blanket, but I can't recall a single federal government agency that just 'went away' because its functions were redundant.

I can't name a single one. Federal agencies just don't go away. Ever.

Kid said...

I tend to agree with Fredd and we know how the R's like lip service, and in fact are 100% limited to it.
It won't happen while the moslem in in the wh anyway.

But this means then that all HP rifle ammo gets banned?

Doom said...

I have to admit I am with Kid and Fredd. That being said, it would be a beautiful thing to see a bureaucracy go away.

As to "high power rifle cartridge"? Can you lose the "high power", since they are all high power? That is just another... msm-ism. A fiction to frighten the uninformed. Much like calling a 30 round magazine, for rifles built with those, high capacity. No, a hundred round is high capacity, not a thirty. Just... trying to help change the dialog back to sane truth, dumping propaganda, not an offense against you.

sig94 said...

Doom - I say high power because there are many rifles out there that shoot pistol cartridges, mostly lever action.

Doom said...

Ah, gotcha. Fair enough. Urhm... carry on? :)