Last September, House Resolution 5522 (HR-5522), also known as the “ATF Elimination Act,” was introduced in the 113th Congress to abolish the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and redistribute its functions to other agencies. Congress did not enact the bill, but it will be reintroduced in the 114th Congress.
The elimination of ATF would undoubtedly have a significant effect, not only on the nation’s fire service, but on NFPA, as well, says Greg Cade, in his column "Partner in Peril" in the latest issue of NFPA Journal. NFPA and ATF have had a long and productive relationship. The bureau participates in our code-development process, and an ATF employee sits on the Fire Investigations Technical Committee. ATF has also provided research assistance to the Fire Protection Research Foundation, and it teaches investigation training courses using NFPA standards
While NFPA has not taken a position on the proposed legislation, the Association will closely watch the new version of HR-5522 in the 114th Congress to evaluate its potential impact. We will also express our concerns to the House Judiciary Committee and others on the Hill.