Matt Gaetz Introduces Bill to Abolish the ATF

Last week, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., brought out the “Abolish the ATF Act,”

The bill “eliminates the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms (ATF) immediately after the bill’s enactment,” and the congressman’s office offered some reasons for the proposal.

“During his time in Congress, Congressman Gaetz has sounded the alarm more than once on ATF overreach. In June and September of 2020, he issued letters to Attorney General William Barr and Acting ATF Director Regina Lombardo calling on the ATF to ‘cease taking any actions and reconsider or rescind any secret determinations which call into question the legality of firearms owned by millions of law-abiding Americans.”’Both letters went unanswered by the ATF. Last week, however, the ATF then cited Rep. Gaetz’s June 2020 letter in their latest announcement of big government overreach by forcing gun owners to face risk of a felony charge if they do not register their firearms with stabilizing braces,” Gaetz’S office noted.

“House Republicans have the ATF in our crosshairs. The continued existence of the ATF is increasingly unwarranted based on their repeated actions to convert law-abiding citizens into felons. They must be stopped. My bill today would abolish the ATF once and for all,” Gaetz said.

Gaetz has yet to reel in any co-sponsors for his bill, which was sent to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee last week. So far, there is no companion measure over in the U.S. Senate.

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