AF-Odin wrote:Well, the alcohol and tobacco could go to IRS or Treasury as they are there for tax and regulatory purposes, Firearms and explosives could go to FBI. Doesn't FBI perform the NICS check anyway. Could get rid of a bunch of administrators and supervisors if it was folded into other departments.
There is a bureau under the Treasury that already handles the tax collection for alcohol and tobacco. So, really, the BATFE is misnamed and pretty much handles only explosives and firearms law enforcement. I've been saying versions of what you said for some years now. It really wouldn't get rid of a large number of personnel, unless the laws that need to be enforced were changed/rescinded, well. Most of the agents would simply transfer. However, a lot of top bureaucrats and managers would go bye-bye, and maybe with explosives and firearms as just another function of the FBI, it would decrease the level of politics surrounding the whole thing. Well, we can dream, anyway.