Obama Administration proposes cutting ATF funds by 12%

This is interesting:

The Justice Department would see a small funding increase under President Obama’s proposed budget, but key Justice agencies such as the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives would have to make do with less money, budget documents show. Funding is up for top priorities such as national security and counter-terrorism ($107 million more than the current year) and civil rights enforcement ($103 million in new investments). But the FBI — perhaps the most prominent Justice Department agency — would see a 6.5 percent decrease in its overall budget, from $8.9 billion to $8.2 billion. Funding for the ATF, long considered vulnerable to the budget axe, would drop 12 percent. Other Justice agencies such as the U.S. Marshals Service would retain the same level of funding, while the Drug Enforcement Administration – fighting an increase in heroin use and a continuing prescription drug epidemic – would see an 8 percent increase.


Now, I’m hardly what you would consider a fan of the BATFE, but a 12% cut in their budget certainly doesn’t sound like the hallmark of an administration that is serious about tackling gun crime.

The Usual Suspects typically harp on the NRA as the single reason the ATF is unwilling unable to perform their duties, including multiple hit piece articles detailing a litany of half baked claims & excuses as to why the NRA is the root cause of gun crime in the US, but I’d venture to guess that more than decimating the budget of the firearms regulatory agency is going to have an effect.

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