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Looks like the Trump admin wants to take the A and the T out of ATF:

Like last year, the Trump administration proposes shifting part of the work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives away. Under the proposal, alcohol and tobacco enforcement would move to the Treasury Department so that ATF could focus more on guns, explosives and arson.​ The same proposal was made last year and went nowhere in Congress.

Get rid of the F too.

6 Responses to “I’d like to buy a vowel”

  1. Some Guy Says:

    It’s always struck me as kind of odd that the alcohol portion couldn’t be put under the purview of the FDA.

    Heck, you could probably put tobacco regulation there, as well.

    Though I have to admit that I don’t know what the repercussions of such a move would be, other than maybe nutrition labels on beer bottles.

  2. MattW Says:

    They should take the E out of it while their at it… What’s left you might ask? Exactly.

  3. rickn8or Says:

    Some Guy, You mean put it BACK in the Treasury Department? I wonder about the FDA’s (And Justice for that matter) authorization to collect taxes on T & A.

  4. Lyle Says:

    Sure, shuffle the chess board. Whatever. The game is still the same. So what happened to the notion that ATF was only about “revenue raising”? Oh yeah; that was a pile of shit lie.

  5. Ron W Says:

    There are no enumerated powers delegated to the Federal Government for the A, T or F. And without dlegated powers, the Government may lawfully do NOTHING.

  6. Jay Eimer Says:

    The A and the T were to collect taxes on same. And was (rightly – except for the taxes part) a Treasury function. Didn’t become a law enforcement agency until Prohibition gave us Al Capone vs. Elliot Ness. Of course, now everyday IRS agents carry guns!

    Firearms, on the other hand, as a protected Constitutional Right should not be taxes, with the possible exception of the Pittman/Robertson tax we put on ourselves. Which we never see – the manufacturers pay it direct to the treasury when the sell to the wholesalers. No agents required.

    So BATFE is now the BE. Mr. Trump – get on it.

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