Tuesday, August 12, 2014

This sounds like a good idear.

A bill proposed, and none too soon.  The Regulatory Agency De-militarization Act.  Keep the FDA from SWATting folk, shooting their dogs.

I wonder what its chances are.

Well, that website says 3% chances, so... slim.   Been out there a month and a half without me noticing til now, too.

According to the drafter, Utah's Rep Stewart, the proposed  law is to:

  • Repeal the arrest and firearm authority granted to Offices of Inspectors General in the 2002 Homeland Security Act.
  • Prohibits federal agencies, other than those traditionally tasked with enforcing federal law—such as the FBI and U.S. Marshals, from purchasing machine guns, grenades, and other weaponry regulated under the National Firearms Act.
  • Directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to write a complete report detailing all federal agencies, including Offices of Inspectors General, with specialized units that receive special tactical or military-style training and that respond to high-risk situations that fall outside the capabilities of regular law enforcement officers.
 
Good.  More Adam-12, less SWAT.  If you want to discuss 70s TV shows.  Tho SWAT, portrayed on that program, is a bit different from SWAT now.

4 comments:

Daniel Watters said...

FWIW: Even Reed and Malloy geared up as SWAT officers in one episode of ADAM-12.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0505308/

Bubblehead Les. said...

Works for me. But it wouldn't apply to all the Local Barney Fifes, just the Federales.

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

It's a start. And SWAT has a place. Hostage stuffs.

azmountaintroll said...

I wouldn't even let the FBI have firearms. The only armed Federal officials should be US Marshals serving warrants and court orders. Everyone else should be restricted to polite letters (which, if disregarded, would lead to court orders and warrants).