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ATF Facing Budget Cuts

The Washington Post is reporting up to 30%. This is, naturally, making our opponents quite upset. Times are tough, and cuts have to be made, and I think it’s fine for taxpayers to demand they get their money’s worth from federal law enforcement dollars. As previously mentioned, I don’t think gun laws qualify.

12 Responses to “ATF Facing Budget Cuts”

  1. PT says:

    Maybe if Sen. Grassley’s office finds out that the gun ATF allowed to be sold and walked to Mexico killed one of their own agents their funding will be cut 100%.

  2. mike says:

    Didn’t ATF burn a bunch of women and children in Waco, TX the last time they were having budget issues?

    I would be very concerned about what they decide to do to prove that they need their funding.

  3. Maybe they should just start taking a bigger cut of the profits from their gun smuggling operations!

  4. Diomed says:

    I suspect this will be bad for the NFA part of the industry…

  5. Chas says:

    Markie Marxist sez: “We can’t cut ATF’s budget! ATF is a win/win situation for us. We get to suck a billion dollars a year from the private sector and send it down the rat hole that is ATF, while harassing every law-abiding gun owner in America along the way. At the same time, any of our Marxist/warrior/hero/criminals who wants a gun can get one. Increasing funding for ATF is just common communist sense! We should double their budget!”

  6. Ian Argent says:

    The ATF has a hard job – they have to make the sausage maker of the various GCA’s work.

    But, and this wipes out any sympathy I have for them, they don’t have to take such glee in enforcing the insanity, and they don’t have to look for ways to make criminals of honest people.

    By interpreting by changeable decree and primarily going after honest citizens and innovators instead of straw purchasers, by injecting themselves into the political process and demonizing gun owners – stuff them sideways.

    Repeal the GCAs, return ATF to the Treasury, retire the thugs.

  7. RuffRidr says:

    It’s a good start.

  8. Dannytheman says:

    Bye Bye ATF!! I won’t miss ya!!

  9. dustydog says:

    ATF isn’t worried, they know they can make up the budget cut by increasing seizures and forfeitures.

  10. Ian Argent says:

    Isn’t the primary reason the ATF is seizing something because it can’t be legally sold without a tax stamp?

  11. BobG says:

    My feelings are the same as dustydog’s; they’ll just find ways to increase forfeitures.

  12. Ian Argent says:

    OK – I read the WaPo article. I am beginning to wonder what the sides are in this bureaucratic battle.

    First quote:
    “White House budget office proposed steep cuts for the agency charged with enforcing federal gun laws.”

    They then try and tie project gunrunner to the Obama administration, but as much as admit that this budget cut will scupper it.

    Is the actual administration finally trying to get a leash on the executive agencies? ATF has the least clout, makes it the easiest target, I suppose.

    I’d love to hear Dave Hardy’s take on this. My experience with the agencies is all second-hand.

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