The proposal would move alcohol and tobacco enforcement to Treasury. It would require a new name for an agency that no longer focuses on its historical target, bootleggers.
The Justice Department is continuing to work on the issue of bump stocks, despite public and private misgivings of its own officials.
Jeff Sessions, the attorney general, said that the mass shooting in Texas this month showed that “relevant information may not be getting reported” to the database.
Gun conversion kits known as bump stocks were the talk of the Capitol a month ago after a mass shooting in Las Vegas. But the push to ban them has slowed. A hearing is set for next week.
A pair of informants got $6 million and agents spent freely. The Justice Department fought to keep records of the operation secret.
By MITCH SMITH June 30, 2017 CHICAGO — As a candidate, Donald J. Trump frequently mentioned the shootings that claim hundreds of lives here each year. As a new president, he threatened on Twitter to “send in the Feds!” if the local...