By: Kayleigh Hamilton
The ATF has their backs up against the wall.
State governments are becoming more emboldened to fight back against their tyranny.
And one state made an unprecedented move to strip the ATF of power.
In recent decades, people have begun to see the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, better known as the ATF, for what it really is.
While it is hardly the only government agency that violates the Constitution, it is the only government agency that is directly and explicitly charged with attacking a specific part of the Constitution, in this case the Second Amendment.
Taking away guns is written into the agency’s mission. And it has gone to wild extremes to do so, including the infamous Waco siege of 1993.
But as the public has become more and more skeptical of the agency, the states have become more aggressive in their efforts to fight back against the ATF’s tyranny.
They are reasserting their authority to protect the individual rights of their citizens.
In particular, the state of Ohio is making a groundbreaking move to take away the ATF’s power and protect gun rights.
And the ATF and the state law enforcement agencies they’ve been working with are getting extremely nervous about it.
According to an article from Cincinnati.com, “The Enquirer recently reported on the work being done at Cincinnati’s Crime Gun Intelligence Center, a partnership between the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Cincinnati police. Between January 2022 and April 2023, Cincinnati’s center made 506 arrests, according to Cincinnati police Lt. Eric Vogelpohl, who is among the leadership at the center.”
But, as the article reports, “Republican lawmakers want to protect gun rights in Ohio, but police and prosecutors worry that proposed legislation will thwart partnerships they use to investigate gun crimes.
“House Bill 51 is billed as a way for conservatives to fight back against Democratic President Joe Biden’s push for gun restrictions and to defend the Second Amendment. But police and prosecutors are concerned it will eliminate the cooperation they need to investigate gun crimes, and the changes would make Ohio less safe.
“The proposal, called the ‘Second Amendment Preservation Act,’ would prevent local police from enforcing federal firearms restrictions. Violations could lead to lawsuits and a $50,000 fine.”
This is a nightmare for those who hope to use law enforcement to strip gun owners of their constitutional rights. And all the special interest groups are coming out of the woodwork to spread panic about it.
“It’s going to interfere with investigations into gun crimes and violent crimes and things that are just critical to public safety,” said Lou Tobin, executive director of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association.
Of course, someone who opposes the Second Amendment thinks that the simple act of even owning a gun constitutes a “gun crime” that should be investigated by police.
The state of Ohio’s bold effort to prevent the ATF from having their anti-gun dictates enforced at the state and local level is causing anti-gun officials to hit the panic button.