This agency is at the core of President Biden’s plan to reduce what he calls American “international shame”.
United States- If there is a moment to summarize the current situation of the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Administration, it was a few years ago that the floor of the agency’s gun tracking center collapsed under the weight of paper.
The accident was not entirely accidental.
The Gun Lobby, led by the National Rifle Association, has systematically blocked plans to update the agency’s paper gun tracking system using a searchable database for years. As a result, gun sales records dating back decades are stored in boxes stacked into seven heights, waiting to be processed.
Tyson J. Arnold, the person in charge of the tracking center, recalled: “We had a lady pushing a cart and the floor gave way.”
Now, the suffering ATF (in a way, “dynamite” has never become an acronym) is at the center of President Biden’s plan to reduce what he calls the “international shame” of gun violence in the United States.
When Biden presented a broad vision for the United States last Wednesday night, Biden once again called on Congress to expand background checks and prohibit assault weapons. However, given the continued strength of the gun lobby, their urgent hope is that the list of enforcement actions will be more limited, and these actions will ultimately depend on the effectiveness of the ATF, which is the federal agency responsible for law enforcement and enforcement actions against the country’s weapons.
Biden ordered the ban on the use of homemade firearm kits called “ghost weapons,” and the ATF must enforce this ban. To help formulate gun policies, he has filed charges against ATF since 2000 and conducted the first full investigation of federal gun trafficking methods. To guide the office into the future, Biden appointed a former executive agent. Chipman.
But first, the office must overcome the past. In the 48 years since its mission was mainly handed over to the execution of guns, it has been weakened by the NRA’s relentless attacks, which many people believe makes the ATF look like an agency designed to fail.
As required by the NRA, Congress restricted the office’s budget. It imposes severe restrictions on the collection and use of gun ownership data, including a ban on requiring gun dealers to provide basic gun inventories. It restricts unannounced inspections by gun dealers. 15 years ago, the NRA successfully lobbied to appoint the director for confirmation by the Senate, and subsequently helped prevent all nominees except one candidate from taking office.
“ATF has all the potential, they can do a lot of good things, but now is the time for someone to ask,’What does it take to make us successful instead of just floating on the water?'” Thomas Brandon of the interim organization said from 2015 Served as office director until his retirement in 2019.