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Plan by Wisconsin Rep. Sensenbrenner would eliminate ATF

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - Conflicting gun interests are uniting against a plan by Wisconsin House Republican Jim Sensenbrenner to eliminate the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. 

Larry Keane of the National Shooting Sports Foundation says the ATF's "high profile missteps" are not enough to warrant the agency's disbanding.

On the other side, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence says new ATF director Todd Jones should be given more time to correct the problems.

Sensenbrenner, a Menomonee Falls Republican, says it's proper to disband the ATF in the wake of some botched enforcement operations. That includes the storefront in Milwaukee that was supposed to round up gun-toting criminals -- but instead was burglarized, arrested the wrong people, and had a machine gun and sensitive records stolen.

The Journal Sentinel says the National Rifle Association has not weighed in on the idea to have the FBI and other agencies split up the ATF's current duties.

Sensenberenner says he's getting support from lawmakers of both parties. House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Janesville says he wants to look for ways to eliminate duplicated efforts by the ATF and other agencies.

Ryan, the Republicans' vice presidential nominee in 2012, says he looks forward to seeing the bill that Sensenbrenner plans to bring forward.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)