Larry Craig Blocks Bush Pick for ATF Chief
Idaho Senators Larry Craig and Michael Crapo are blocking President Bush's choice to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
The nominee is Massachussetts U.S. Attorney Michael J. Sullivan, whom Bush nominated a year ago and who has been serving as Acting Director of the agency.
Crapo's spokesman, Lindsay Nothern, said the senator has heard from a number of gun dealers, gn owners and others in Idaho who "have concerns about ATF policies regarding gun sales and even ownership. Maybe the federal government is getting a little too aggressive with people who haven't done anything wrong."
Members of Second Amendment Groups are not happy with Sullivan:
Under his current directorship, the ATF has continued to close down retail firearms establishments for minor infractions (eliminating some 80 percent of them since 1995) and they have been putting together an illegal database on U.S. gun owners. I have emplored [sic]readers to contact your Senators and tell them to reject Sullivan’s confirmation.
Well there is some good news today. In addition to the Gun Owners of America (GOA), the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) has joined in the fight against Sullivan’s confirmation. We still have to get Sullivan to give up his quest or get the Senate to reject his confirmation but I am very glad to have CCRKBA join us.
More than 100 ATF agents and personnel are working in the new division based in Denver that covers Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Utah. An increase of 30 staff and agents is expected over the next 18 months, said Michael Sullivan, acting director of the ATF.
U.S. Attorney Troy Eid says he welcomed the newly focused division because there has been an uptick in violent crimes involving weapons. An increase in shootings statewide and an increase of drug dealers arrested with firearms underscore the need for more agents who specialize in guns, Eid said.
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