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Trump Withdraws Nomination of ATF Chief after Pressure from Gun Rights Group

By: Teresa Mull

President Trump has withdrawn his nomination of Chuck Canterbury to be the new chief of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives after pressure from the National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR).

“The National Association for Gun Rights was the first gun rights organization to sound the alarm on Chuck Canterbury’s abysmal record on the Second Amendment, and in the end it was his past support for gun controls that tanked his nomination,” NAGR President Dudley Brown told GPM. “It was NAGR members who deserve the credit for defeating Canterbury.”

“Last summer, NAGR warned its members and supporters of Canterbury’s radical anti-gun views," NAGR told supporters on Facebook. "Canterbury was on the record supporting the nomination of anti-gun Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, supporting a so-called ‘assault weapons’ ban, and opposed pro-gun Constitutional Carry legislation."

According to Politico,

“The former president of the Fraternal Order of Police was nominated last year, but the appointment has been stalled because of conservative concerns over his views on gun rights. The Senate Judiciary Committee put his nomination on ice last year after those complaints began to emerge. Trump renominated Canterbury in February.”

“We’re glad the committee listened to our 4.5 million members and supporters by grilling Canterbury for his past support of the ‘assault weapons’ ban,” said Brown. “We encourage the White House and Congress to take the next step and dismantle this failed agency once and for all.”

Teresa Mull is editor of Gunpowder Magazine. Contact her at teresa@gunpowdermagazine.com.

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