Obama Appoints Gun-Grabber Head of ATF

Obama Appoints Gun-Grabber Head of ATF

November 24th, 2010

Chris Johnson, CNSNews.com

Gun  rights advocates are unhappy with President Barack Obama’s pick   to  head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Obama  announced on Nov. 15 his intent to nominate Andrew Traver,  presently  the special agent in charge of the ATF’s Chicago office, to be  the  director of the agency.

Both the National Rifle Association (NRA)  and the Citizens Committee  for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms  (CCRKBA) criticized the president’s  selection.

According to the  NRA, “Traver has been deeply aligned with gun  control advocates  and anti-gun activities. 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.”

Alan  Gottlieb, chairman of CCRKBA, told CNSNews.com that as ATF  director,  Traver would exercise vast control over all levels of the  firearm  industry.

“First of all, the big concern that we have is that the  agency that  he would be overseeing controls all the firearm  regulations against  everybody in the United States starting with the  manufacturers and the  wholesalers and the distributors down to the gun  dealers,” said  Gottlieb.

“They can deny dealers licenses, they  can decide that a person  doesn’t sell enough guns to be a dealer or  sells too many guns and  should be a dealer, all kinds of regulations on  how the stores have to  operate, what kind of security devices they  have to have, all kinds of  inspections,” said Gottlieb. “There are a  whole lot of monkey wrenches  that can be thrown into the firearm  industry very quietly behind the  scenes.”

“And there’s not a  whole lot anyone can do about it.” He said,   “because Congress has  given them the authority to basically impose  their own regulations.”

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