So why is the ATF about to hire so many new agents?

Initially was go going to post on the reputable news sources that I use. That turned into me watching a recent video from Washington Gun Law President, WIlliam Kirk.

Obviously I don’t have time to sit around and write constant posts on the ever evolving world of Firearms. As I had previously mentioned, we have a lot of issues going on right now.

Forced Reset Triggers, Solvent Traps/Form 1 Kits, Pistol Braces for the AR-15 ….

The White House recently released an ADDITIONAL $40.6 Billion dollars and this will include $1.7 billion for the ATF. When people look at this, don’t think its going to improve the amount of time it takes to get your Form 4 processed. Here’s the highlights –

The Budget provides $1.7 billion for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to expand multijurisdictional gun trafficking strike forces with additional personnel, increase regulation of the firearms industry, enhance ATF’s National Integrated Ballistic Information Network, and modernize the National Tracing Center.

Go read the fine print here – It will blow your mind Whitehouse Budget to reduce gun crime

This is where $1.7B is going –

Hire more than 140 new agents (These are the ATF investigators, not a bad thing)

Hire 160 new investigators to help ensure that Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) and manufacturers comply with the law. (We call these IOI and their job is to regularly inspect FFLs to make sure their paperwork is all in order and they aren’t committing laws)

Adds 16 new positions to provide National Integrated Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN) correlation reviews and training for state and local law enforcement agencies nationwide.

Increases by more than 40% the funding for the National Tracing Center, which more than 8,400 law enforcement agencies across the United States use to trace firearms found at crime scenes.

In all, these aren’t bad things other than the typical finger pointing at FFL and the need to increase 160 agents. Here’s a link directly to the ATF site for number of inspections each month per city and the results – https://www.atf.gov/firearms/firearms-compliance-inspection-results

Now to the part I really don’t get –

Researching Gun Violence as a Public Health Crisis. The Budget proposes $60 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Health to conduct research on gun violence, an increase of 140% over the FY22 enacted level.

Giving the most incompetent division of the DOJ $1.7B isn’t going to change a thing with Gun Violence in America. When you spend all the time and focus on making gun ownership more difficult (NFA for example) a secondary market emerges. Is this President Biden declaring WAR on the Federal Firearms Licensed Dealers?

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