Confirm Leader for National Law Enforcement Bureau

B. Todd Jones

Target: Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate

Goal: Confirm permanent Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

As of June 18, 2013, the agency charged with enforcing America’s gun laws had been without a permanent director for 2,506 days. In 2006, a law was passed that a nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) would need to get confirmation from the Senate. The agency has had no permanent director since. The current part-time acting Director of ATF is now being considered for permanent leader of the Bureau. Urge the Senate to confirm B. Todd Jones, the acting Director of ATF, as soon as possible.

Every day, ATF agents are on the front lines of important emergencies. They were at Virginia Tech, in Tucson, Aurora, Newtown and Boston investigating what happened and protecting Americans. And yet, a minority of Senators loyal to the gun lobby used filibusters and other blocking tactics to prevent ATF from having a leader for almost seven years.

Republicans raise objections over the nomination of B. Todd Jones because of his involvement in the botched gun-tracking operation knows as “Fast and Furious.” The ATF in 2011 lost track of over 1000 firearms destined for the Mexican drug cartels. Leadership and oversight of the operation at ATF headquarters was “seriously deficient”, the Department of Justice’s Inspector General concluded in his investigation.

Lack of leadership is something the Senate can fix by casting a simple vote. Urge the Judiciary Committee to vote for B. Todd Jones, who has been the acting ATF Director since 2011. Mayors Against Illegal Guns, police chiefs and other groups that would like to have enforcement of the nation’s gun laws all endorse him. Sign this petition and keep Jones where he belongs.


Dear Ms. Klobuchar,

Since 2006, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives did not have a permanent director. Because in August 2006 the law was passed to require Senate confirmation of a leader for the agency that enforces America’s gun laws, it has been more than 2,500 days since the last director left his post.

It has to be different this time. B. Todd Jones led the agency as a part-time acting director since 2011 and is supported by various groups, including Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and police chiefs. His confirmation is held by Republicans over his involvement in the “Fast and Furious” case. Department of Justice’s Inspector General concluded that there was lack of leadership and oversight of the operation at the ATF headquarters.

Lack of leadership is fixable by the Senate, if it moves to confirm B. Todd Jones. In order to protect Americans, brave agents of the Bureau need a permanent leader. As the chairwoman of the Judiciary Committee in the Senate, you have the power to hold a vote, so that this nomination can come to the full Senate. The gun lobby cannot win this fight because if it does, Americans lose.


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