Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has filed legislation to abolish the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
Greene’s bill, titled “Brian A. Terry Memorial Eliminate the ATF Act” would repeal all ATF regulations and guidance after August 1, 2020, and transfer all the organization’s functions not relating to firearms to the FBI.
If passed, the bill will also require the ATF to publish an itemized list of all confiscated firearms and ammunition they possess to be auctioned off to Federal Firearms Licensed dealers through public auction. All proceeds from the auctions will be placed in a fund to support families of Border Patrol agents killed as a result of Barack Obama’s infamous “Fast and Furious” gun smuggling operation. Remaining funds not used by 2032 will be re-directed to award state grants for gun safety programs.
The bill is named after Marine and Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was killed in a 2010 gunfight with a group of armed men attempting to rob drug smugglers transporting drugs from Mexico to the United States.
Terry’s killers were armed with weapons obtained through the infamous Fast and Furious gun-walking operation. Obama’s ATF led the majority of the operation, which sold guns to criminals, including violent drug cartel members, in an attempt to track the purchases to criminal organizations.
“Joe Biden and the radical, anti-gun Democrats want to unleash the ATF on law-abiding gun owners across America, attacking our God-given Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. The ATF’s ongoing, unconstitutional attacks on the Second Amendment must end,” Greene told the Daily Caller before introducing the legislation.
“12 years ago, under the direction of hate America leftist Eric Holder, the ATF smuggled firearms to Mexican drug cartels (Operation Fast & Furious) who then used those firearms to kill American hero Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. This can NEVER be allowed to happen again. Joe Biden’s nomination of gun-grabber David Chipman, who wants to ban, confiscate and destroy the most popular self-defense and hunting rifle in America owned by millions of American patriots, is a clear indication that the ATF’s war on gun owners is just beginning and is about to crank up,” she continued.
“I’m introducing this legislation to Eliminate the ATF to protect ALL gun owners across this country from a tyrannical, power hungry group of bureaucrats who’s goal is to destroy our Second Amendment rights,” Greene added.
Pro-gun leaders are speaking out in support of Greene’s legislation.
Aaron Dorr, the Executive Director of the American Firearms Association, spoke in support of the legislation to the Daily Caller, who first reported the bill’s introduction.
“The ATF has been a scandal-ridden disaster long before operation Fast and Furious became front page news. These days, they exist solely to attack the Second Amendment and the tens of millions of proud gun owners who fight to defend it. It’s high time this agency was eliminated, before they can do even more damage to freedom,” Dorr said.
Regardless of if Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s legislation goes anywhere, it is always a positive thing when the criminality of the ATF is put on full display.