Source: Joy-Ann Reid / theGrio
President Obama on Wednesday announced a series of executive actions and proposed legislation designed to take the first steps toward comprehensive gun control, and announced that he will name the first permanent director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in more than six years.
The president will nominate B. Todd Jones, currently the agency’s fifth acting director, to be its official head. The bureau has not had a permanent director since Congress required its director to face Senate confirmation in 2006, mostly because of objections to each of the nominees from Republicans and gun rights groups.
The ATF was split off from the Treasury Department in 2003 and placed under the Justice Department.
Even President George W. Bush was unable to get his ATF nominee through, when both Republican Senators from Idaho blocked then U.S. Attorney Mike Sullivan’s nomination, following complaints about him from gun dealers in the state.
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