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Gun Lobby Makes It Difficult for President Obama to Appoint New ATF Director

Todd Jones

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The gun lobby is making it difficult for President Obama find a new permanent director of the ATF, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Obama had to give up  on his previous nomination Andrew Traver, who headed the ATF office in Chicago, after pressure from the gun lobby made it impossible to get Senate confirmation.

Since 2006, when a confirmation was required, the gun lobby has blocked every nomination, the Tribune reported.

The new nominee is B. Todd Jones, the U.S. attorney in Minnesota who has been acting director of ATF since 2011.

Jones is facing fierce opposition from the Senate because of his ties to the failed gun-smuggling investigation, Operation Fast and Furious.

Editorial: ATF Left Without Teeth to Enforce Gun Laws

San Francisco Chronicle
Editorial

One of the gun lobby’s favorite mantras is that the nation doesn’t need any more laws to keep weapons out of the hands of criminals; it needs to start by enforcing those that are on the books.

But that argument evaporates upon closer inspection of the federal government’s systems for tracking and restricting gun sales. Congress, under pressure from the gun lobby, has made it about as cumbersome as possible for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to do its job.

As the New York Times reported last week, ATF has been operating without a permanent director for six years, mostly because the Senate has stalled confirmation proceedings. ATF’s budget has remained stagnant throughout a post-9/11 period in which almost all other law enforcement and national security endeavors have been showered with resources.

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