Politics Biden to unveil new ATF nominee Steve Dettelbach after David Chipman drama
Biden to take second crack at filling top gun official role
Months after the president’s first nominee withdrew over lack of support, he is poised to offer another option for the post.Deliberations are ongoing but Steve Dettelbach, a former federal attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, is seriously being considered by the White House for the post, two of those people and one official within the Senate Democratic Caucus, told POLITICO.
President Joe Biden is nominating Steve Dettelbach, former Senate-confirmed U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, to lead theafter anti-gun advocate did not muster enough support in the chamber last fall.
Dettelbach's nomination coincides with the White House and Justice Department announcing the final proposal to counter the proliferation of unserialized, privately-made firearms known as “ghost guns."
Senior administration officials described Dettelbach as "a noncontroversial candidate," but did not detail how they planned to help Dettelbach avoid Chipman's fate so the federal agency could have its first permanent director since 2015.
Biden scheduled to unveil new steps on gun violence
Amid growing concern about gun violence and untraceable "ghost guns" that can be 3D printed at home, President Joe Biden was scheduled Monday to introduce new policy measures on firearms. © Provided by NBC News Biden's announcement will most likely rely on executive orders on gun control, ghost guns and other facets of firearms regulation as part of an approach designed to rein in the pandemic wave of firearms-related attacks, two people with knowledge of his remarks told NBC News.
"He has a long record of working in law enforcement and for the public safety of the people of Ohio and the American people," an official told reporters late Sunday. "We will work hard to make sure that Congress confirms him swiftly."
Biden will address Dettelbach's nomination alongside Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco in a White House Rose Garden ceremony on Monday.
Biden and Monaco will also promote the proposed rule covering so-called “buy build shoot” kits, among other easily accessible ghost guns. The kits will be considered "firearms" under the regulation, pursuant to the Gun Control Act, meaning they will have to become licensed and serialized. Kit manufacturers and vendors will additionally have to become licensed and run background checks before processing a sale.
Biden to announce new ATF nominee, rule targeting "ghost guns"
The White House was forced to pull its first ATF nominee in September due to concerns from lawmakers. © San Francisco Chronicle/Hearst N Ghost Guns Mr. Biden will nominate Steve Dettelbach, a former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, to run the federal law enforcement agency. "[Dettelbach] should be a noncontroversial candidate because he has a long record of working in law enforcement," a senior administration official said. In 2018, Dettelbach lost his race to be Ohio's attorney general.
The framework will similarly require federally licensed dealers and gunsmiths, such as pawnbrokers, to serialize any unserialized firearms they accept into their inventory before they can sell them, including ghost guns made from individual parts, a kit, or by a 3D printer.
The proposal, which builds on executive action Biden took last winter, ensures firearms with split receivers are subject to serial numbers and background checks when they are bought from a licensed dealer, manufacturer, or importer as well. The rule, too, requires licensed firearms dealers to retain key records until they shut down their business or licensed activity.
after Republican opposition to his association with Giffords, former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords's anti-gun group, where he is a senior policy adviser.
Biden to announce new gun regulation and name ATF nominee
President Joe Biden will announce a new firearm regulation Monday meant to contain the use of privately made weapons, senior administration officials said, as he comes under pressure to take more steps to address a national crisis of gun violence. © Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images President Joe Biden. The regulation on so-called "ghost guns" -- unregulated, untraceable weapons made from kits -- will address a critical gap in the government's ability to track them by requiring background checks before purchase and serial numbers on some of the components.
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Biden taps lower-key gun control advocate to run ATF after first pick failed .
The White House is under pressure to ensure history does not repeat itself when its new Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives director nominee finds himself before the Senate after President Joe Biden's first choice did not garner enough support on Capitol Hill. Steve Dettelbach, a unanimously Senate-approved former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, does not have David Chipman's record as a dedicated anti-gun advocate. But his confirmation to become ATF's first permanent head since 2015 will still be bogged down by politics before an expected summer crime surge and the 2022 midterm elections.