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And, as is relevant here, the FBI is already deeply involved in federal efforts to combat and prevent gun violence. In addition to its focus on protecting the nation against terrorism, the FBI has jurisdiction over the enforcement of federal criminal laws and currently operates hundreds of initiatives and operations directed at various types of criminal activity, including violent crime. This lack of a clear focus on either enforcement or regulation has prevented ATF from fulfilling any part of its mission quite well enough. Kamarck is a senior fellow in the Governance Studies program at the Brookings Institution and the director of the Management and Leadership Initiative at Brookings. On the one hand, ATF at times envisions itself as the federal violent-crime police, addressing gun violence through the rubric of broader federal efforts to combat violent gang and drug-related crimes. ATF Special Agents consistently rank at the top or near the top of all federal agencies in cases referred for prosecution, arrests made, and average time per defendant on an annual basis. Effectively combating this gun crime and preventing future gun violence is further complicated by the facts that gun laws vary widely across states and gun violence is often intertwined with other criminal activity, such as gang violence and illegal drug trafficking. The gun violence challenge is simply too important to be satisfied with the status quo, and it warrants big thinking and creative solutions. There exists considerable overlap between the work and resources of ATF and the FBI in the areas of guns, explosives, and violent crime. Chapter 40, which provided for close regulation of the explosives industry and designated certain arsons and bombings as federal crimes. FBI HRT later took over the scene and a day stand-off ensued, ending on April 19, , after the complex caught fire. Weaver remained with his family in their mountain top cabin. The leadership vacuum is also apparent on the ground in the field divisions.
ATF has watched as its budget has slowly stagnated over the past 10 years, even as the budgets of other federal law enforcement agencies have steadily increased.
The CITP lasts approximately 12 weeks. ATF agents consistently offer real value and support to local police departments in their efforts to combat local gun crime.
InATF agents were remarkably productive in the development of cases for prosecution—outperforming Federal Bureau of Investigation, or FBI, agents 3-to-1—averaging 3.
The gun violence challenge is simply too important to be satisfied with the status quo, and it warrants big thinking and creative solutions. Too often, the gun lobby has succeeded in these efforts.
The seal of the ATF when it was a part of the U. The Ruby Ridge Siege began in June Training[ edit ] Basic special agent training for new hires consists of a two-part training program.
In recent years, ATF has made an effort to position itself as this agency, asserting that it is the primary federal law enforcement agency addressing violent crime, including gun crime, in communities around the country. For example, the FBI has a well-established anti-gang initiative that targets violent street gangs across the country.
And, as is relevant here, the FBI is already deeply involved in federal efforts to combat and prevent gun violence.
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