President Biden’s fiscal year 2024 budget proposal includes $1.9 billion for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), an increase of millions of dollars over last year’s budget.
The proposal comes in the face of increased scrutiny of the ATF’s efforts to further regulate firearms, which include a ban on handgun stabilizer brackets, a “zero tolerance” policy for federal firearms dealers and the introduction of a number of controversial rules. about “phantom weapons”.
If approved, Biden’s budget would increase ATF funding by about $200 million, or 13.6%, over the fiscal year 2023 budget. It also represents an increase of $663 million, or 50%, from former President Obama’s last fiscal year 2017 budget.
The White House said the additional funding would go toward further regulating the arms industry, including implementing the Bilateral Secure Communities Act, creating an arms-trafficking strike force, and conducting background checks.
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Republican lawmakers have taken steps to combat the ATF regulations, including introducing legislation that would expand the rights of gun owners nationwide, such as protecting the gun rights of full-time travelers.
Some lawmakers also demanded that ATF Director Stephen Dettelbach testify before the House Judiciary Committee about the agency’s efforts to implement the new rules.
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“ATF’s lack of transparency comes after the agency issued a final rule banning the stabilization of handgun stocks, and the agency continues to shut out legitimate businesses through its “zero tolerance” policy for federal firearms dealers (FFLs),” said Jim. Jordan, R-Ohio, and Thomas Massey, R-Ky., in a letter to Dettelbach earlier this month.
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In addition to ATF funding, Biden’s $6.9 trillion budget proposal has drawn sharp criticism from congressional Republicans, with some calling it a “jolly voodoo bill.”