Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE): Reforming Licensing and Enforcement Authorities, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, Second Session, March 28, 2006 [open pdf - 2MB]
From the opening statement of Howard Coble: "Today, ladies and gentlemen, the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security will receive testimony from two panels of witnesses. The first panel has been called to assist the Subcommittee's oversight on the civil and criminal enforcement efforts of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, popularly known as ATF. Specifically, this panel will review ATF enforcement authorities and the possibility of civil penalties for minor violations; ATF administrative process and procedures for licensing of Federal firearm licensees, FFLs, to ensure that licensees are provided adequate and expeditious due process; and ATF allocation of enforcement resources. This review will help Members of this Subcommittee to determine if legislation is in fact needed to assist the ATF in accomplishing its mission and to ensure adequate and timely due process for FFLs. [...] We look forward to our witnesses' testimony today and hope that it can shed some light on how Congress can do its part to ensure, one, that individual civil liberties are respected, and two, that the ATF has effective tools at its disposal to fulfill its mission of investigating violations of our Nation's gun laws." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Howard Coble, Robert C. Scott, Audrey Stucko, Richard E. Gardiner, James Lara, M. Kristen Rand, Bruce R. Barany, James M. Faircloth, and Stanton Myerson.
Serial No. 109-114
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