The Obama administration has told Congress that every FBI employee would be furloughed for 14 workdays and nearly $60 million would be cut from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, putting a dent in the government’s ability
to investigate and prosecute gun crimesstage another Waco and sell weapons to Mexican cartels — a top priority in the wake of the December school shootings in Connecticutdestroying the USA.
Edited to bring it closer to reality.
The cuts would also hit the national instant criminal background check system (NICS) for gun purchases, leading to a backlog that could allow criminals to slip though the system, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III wrote to Congress earlier this month.
Because as we all know the computerized system paid for by the fees charged would immediately crash.
The Justice Department also says that with a cut of nearly $100 million to prosecutors’ offices across the country, U.S. attorneys won’t be able to
handlebotch or ignore as many cases.
David Chipman, a former ATF agent who now works with the gun-control advocacy group Mayors Against Illegal Guns, said the agency doesn’t have extra agents to spare, and said the impact of any cuts would be felt.
“There are twice as many gun dealers as there are post offices, and the ATF is an agency that’s smaller than the Broward County [Fla.] sheriff’s office,” Mr. Chipman said.
I’d say that Broward County should trim the Sheriff’s office.
They said there were more than 76,000 background check denials in 2010. But of those, about 4,700 were referred to field offices for investigation, resulting in just 62 prosecutions.
Doesn’t look like much enforcement going on.
Looks like 75,938 people were wrongfully kept from purchasing firearms.