Rep. Sensenbrenner: Abolish the ATF

Jim Sensenbrenner
Jim Sensenbrenner / AP

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R., Wis.) is working on a bill that would abolish the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports:

Citing ATF's recent operational failures and its overlap with other federal law enforcement, Sensenbrenner is preparing a bill to dissolve the agency and have existing agencies in the U.S. Justice Department take on its duties.

"By absorbing the ATF into existing law enforcement entities, we can preserve the areas where the ATF adds value for substantially less taxpayer money," Sensenbrenner said. "While searching for its mission, the ATF has been plagued by decades of high-profile blunders. …We cannot afford to ignore clear changes that will greatly enhance the government's efficiency."

A new Government Accountability Office report on the ATF released Wednesday found an agency trying to redefine itself while struggling with high personnel turnover and problems tracking its own criminal investigations.