Biden races to achieve the near-impossible: A permanent point man on guns

Biden races to achieve the near-impossible: A permanent point man on guns

President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Steve Dettelbach, speaks during an event in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on April 11, 2022. | Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo By Marianne LeVine , Burgess Everett and Laura Barrón-López 05/02/2022 07:43 PM EDT President Joe Biden wants the Senate to do something it’s only done once in the past 16 years: confirm someone as the nation’s top gun regulator. It’s not going to be easy. After the White House yanked its initial pick to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in September, the Biden administration and gun safety advocates are pushing for the chamber to swiftly confirm Steve Dettelbach, a former U.S. attorney. And everyone involved knows time is not on Democrats’ side: With control of the upper chamber in play this fall, Dettelbach may be Biden’s best and final chance to have a Senate-confirmed ATF director during his presidency. The agency needs a head with the permanence of Senate approval to have the best chance at implementing Biden’s guns agenda. With little hope for bipartisan compromise on the issue in a 50-50 Senate, particularly as the midterm elections approach, Democrats are increasingly imploring the White House to take unilateral action on gun control on a smaller scale than Congress has envisioned in previous attempts at a legislative deal. But a number of key Senate Democratic caucus members are noncommittal on Dettelbach, who supported an assault weapons ban […]

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