DC – GUN Handle – ATF beleaguered by crisis in age of mass shootings

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An epidemic of mass shootings has place a spotlight on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, revealing an agency that is understaffed, underfunded and treated as a political punching bag on each the appropriate and the left. The ATF finds itself at a crossroads. With 300 agents anticipated to retire in 2018 and 2019, the price of new hires is not maintaining up and the agency is brief-staffed for investigating gun crimes and policing dealers. Some lawmakers want to abolish the agency. The Trump administration and Congress so far have ignored the brewing crisis at the ATF, leaving it languishing with no a permanent director and chipping away at its spending budget. That desires to alter if Congress desires to get significant about tackling the nation’s gun troubles, said Kenneth E. Melson, former acting ATF director. “If they are genuinely concerned, Congress would give ATF the sources to avoid and respond to mass shootings, but ATF is a political football,” he stated.  [full article]

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