Caution: ATF Nominee Needs Scrutiny

Caution: ATF Nominee Needs Scrutiny

Gun Rights

Canterbury has some troubling positions and supported Obama’s anti-gun nominations. President Donald Trump has nominated Chuck Canterbury to be the first permanent director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) since 2015. Canterbury has been a police officer since 1978 and has served as president of the National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) since 2003. His nomination heads to the Senate, where there is not yet a time frame for hearings. Trump has had a good relationship with the FOP, and Canterbury in particular advised the president on criminal-justice reform last year. Nominating him for the ATF post solidifies that relationship. But what Second Amendment defenders want to know is where Canterbury will stand on those rights. “I want no mistake to be made,” Canterbury testified to the Senate in 2009, “I take a back seat to no one in my reverence for the Second Amendment.” But the context provides a troubling clue — he was testifying in support of Barack Obama’s nomination of Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court. “In fact,” he continued, “if I thought that Judge Sotomayor’s presence on the Court posed a threat to my Second Amendment right, I would not be supporting her here today.” Earlier in 2009, Canterbury also testified in support of Eric Holder’s nomination as attorney general. Sotomayor’s view of the Second Amendment? In 2004, she argued, “The right to possess a gun is clearly not a fundamental right.” And in 2010 she was on the wrong side […]

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