President Barack Obama plans to nominate B. Todd Jones to be the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives the president said Wednesday.
During a press conference outlining bold proposals for changes to laws on gun control, Obama said: "Since Congress hasn’t confirmed a director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in six years, they should confirm Todd Jones, who will be — who has been acting and I will be nominating for the post."
Jones is the US Attorney for Minnesota and has served as the ATF’s acting director for the past 17 months, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reported. He’s a former military judge advocate.
For the past six years, the Senate has not confirmed the nominees for ATF director by Obama or President George W. Bush. In the first case, individual Republican senators have placed a hold on the nomination. Obama’s first nomination was never acted upon.
The lack of a director was simply the most obvious manifestation of an effort to make sure that the ATF lacked the staffing, equipment and powers to police the gun industry, according to gun-control advocates.