Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene introduced legislation this month that would “eliminate” the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
Along with disbanding ATF, the bill would also “remove firearm restrictions on lawful gun owners, and provide funds to surviving families of border patrol agents killed as a result of Operation Fast and Furious.”
Rep. Greene was clear about her intentions on social media.
“I’m introducing this legislation to #EliminateTheATF to protect ALL gun owners across this country from a tyrannical, power hungry group of bureaucrats who’s [sic] goal is to destroy our Second Amendment rights,” she said on Twitter.
I’m introducing this legislation to #EliminateTheATF 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. https://t.co/QbYx9YArJh— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) June 17, 2021
Gun owners are well aware of the ATF’s latest moves to restrict 2A rights via bureaucratic deference. Pistol braces and DIY firearms parts and kits are currently on the chopping block and may end up getting bump stock or NFA treatment in the coming months.
The pro-2A community is now making its voice heard to stop these infringements by publicly commenting on the proposed rule changes in the hopes that it convinces the agency to back down.
Tens of thousands have submitted responses thus far but the ATF is not obligated to follow the word of concerned citizens, even if they represent an overwhelming majority, as is the case with the agency’s guidance on stabilizing braces and homemade firearms.
What would stop the ATF dead in its tracks is, of course, if it ceased to exist. This is where Greene’s bill comes into play. Which raises the question: Could she succeed in shutting down a federal agency that’s been around for more than a century?
The bill only has three sponsors — U.S. Reps. Ralph Norman (R-SC), Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Paul Gosar (R-AZ) — and faces an uphill climb in the Democratically-controlled House and Senate. Not to mention the fact that the Harris-Biden administration is the most anti-gun ticket in modern history.
In that regard, it’s safe to assume, President Biden would never sign a bill to dismantle the very agency that gives him the best chance to foist gun control on the American people. No chance!
That said, you can’t blame a girl for trying. Plus, symbolically, it may help to put the agency on notice.