Taking a stroll down the list of introduced legislation on congress.gov, we found something that piqued our interest, and we think it will do the same for you.

Introduced 1/12/2017, H.R. 509:

To abolish the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, transfer its functions relating to the Federal firearms, explosives, and arson laws, violent crime, and domestic terrorism to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and transfer its functions relating to the Federal alcohol and tobacco smuggling laws to the Drug Enforcement Administration, and for other purposes.


As of now, this bill, which aims to abolish the ATF, has only just been introduced to the House. We will definitely be keeping a close eye on this though, as any shakeup of functions or duties of the ATF could potentially be very big news.

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  • Az Mine

    About dam time. The FBI does the same job as the ATF, no need to keep an orginization that supplies cartels with guns.

    • Nicholas Johnson

      damn* So you agree bad guys with guns is bad? So you support gun control? AKA the BATFE’s job? Your self-contradiction within one comment is so typical.

  • Stephen Simmons

    Now if they’d get rid of the NFA

    • Mike

      And GCA ’68.

  • Ken Feese

    Might be a good way to trim the budget which we all know is coming down the road.

  • thomasbhenly

    Hearing Protection Act finally getting traction

  • Watchdogman

    About damn time. Nothing but thugs.

  • Leland League

    I think. There ought to be. more of this kind of legislation to cut government expense. I also think instead of passing and weighting new laws to get their names in the news they would be better served and serve the nation better if they looked over old obsolete bills to repel for at least the first year in session. They might find getting elected next time to be easier.

  • Frank Landa

    Jack booted thugs. Time to turn their duties over to redundant organizations. Too much guberment is bad for the people.

  • firelooker

    ! less govt agency. Hope Trump can put the govt on a diet.

  • RichPorardo

    Could someone “fat finger” a typo and add EPADOEBLM. Accidentally, of course.

  • Daniel Stewart

    A 30% cut in federal employees would be a great start. 49% of Americans get some sort of federal assistances, they can cut this down to 10%.

  • jhwarner1

    The ATF is redundant and is an outgrowth of the Department Of Prohibition. When Prohibition was repealed they became an agency in search of a mission. Like most government agencies once established they are nearly impossible to get rid of. The DEA is also redundant and it’s work could also be handed over to the FBI. Just a lot of waste and corruption in government but then again government is just another criminal enterprise like any other organized criminal gang (just bigger).