Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) on Thursday introduce House Resolution 3960, known as the “Brian A. Terry Memorial Eliminate the ATF Act.” The goal of the legislation is to abolish the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
Greene introduced the bill in honor of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was killed in the line of duty. The firearm used in his murder was part of the ATF’s botched Fast and Furious gun-running operation, put in place during the Obama administration.
Under Fast and Furious, ATF instructed federal firearms licensees (FFLs) to allow illegal gun sales to proceed. The bureau let the firearms move across the border into Mexico, supposedly with the hope of tracing them back to criminal enterprises. The ATF, however, lost track of the guns that made their way across the southern border.
According to The Daily Caller, Greene believes the ATF must be held responsible for Terry’s death.
12 years ago, under the direction of hate America leftist Eric Holder, the ATF smuggled firearms to Mexican drug cartels (Operation Fast & Furious) who then used those firearms to kill American hero Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. This can NEVER be allowed to happen again,” Green told the outlet. “Joe Biden’s nomination of gun-grabber David Chipman, who wants to ban, confiscate and destroy the most popular self-defense and hunting rifle in America owned by millions of American patriots, is a clear indication that the ATF’s war on gun owners is just beginning and is about to crank up.
She shared a similar message in a Twitter video following the bill’s introduction.
The war on gun owners’ rights has been waged long enough and it’s time to stop it.
Just moments ago I introduced legislation to ELIMINATE the ATF (H.R. 3960).
The ATF's unconstitutional war on gun owners and our Second Amendment rights must end. pic.twitter.com/dTOVkxuh2Q
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) June 17, 2021
Greene’s office told The Daily Caller the legislation would make the following changes:
- Repeals all ATF regulations and guidance after August 1, 2020, to the date of enactment; rescinds hiring authority for the Bureau, and abolishes the Bureau 6 months after the date of enactment.
- Alcohol, Tobacco, and other regulatory functions are transferred back to the FBI.
- Requires that the Bureau publish an itemized list on their website of all confiscated firearms and ammunition possessed by the Bureau, which must be sold to Federal Firearms Licensed (FFL) dealers via public auction before the Bureau closes.
- Proceeds from the auction are placed into a fund for the families of border patrol officers killed in the line of duty as a result of Operation Fast and Furious (i.e. after December 1, 2009), providing grants up to $150,000 per family affected.
- Any remaining funds not used by 2032 will be re-directed to a program awarding states grant funds to establish firearm safety programs.
Per a press release, other co-sponsors include Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and Ralph Norman (R-SC).
I will not stand idly by while the ATF treads on the rights of my constituents and the American people. Their unconstitutional reign against law-abiding gun owners must come to end.
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) June 17, 2021