Fight Looms As NRA Opposes Obama's ATF Nominee


Three days before the Tucson mass shooting restarted a debate on gunc ontrol, the White House renominated Andrew Traver, whose whose actions have riled the gun rights movement to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Traver, leads the agency's Chicago office, where he has been called an anti-gun zealot by some gun rights advocates who oppose his nomination, reports USA Today.

“Traver has been deeply aligned with gun-control advocates and anti-gun activities,” says the National Rifle Association. “This makes him the wrong choice to lead an enforcement agency that has almost exclusive oversight and control over the firearms industry, its retailers and consumers.” Traver's nomination all but ensures the firearms debate will go on after the spotlight fades in Tucson. “I see (Traver's nomination) as a very big opportunity for the administration,” said Paul Helmke of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “Since this administration took office, they have run from the gun issue. [] They need to fight for this.” The bureau has been without a permanent director for five years. Its staffing — at 2,500 agents — has remained unchanged as other federal law enforcement agencies have grown dramatically.


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