Firearms Industry Statement on ATF Leadership Change

Firearms Industry Statement on ATF Leadership Change

National Shooting Sports Foundation

NEWTOWN, Conn –-( The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) – the trade association for the firearms industry – responded to the White House nomination of U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota B. Todd Jones to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) with the following statement:

As the ATF begins its leadership transition with the appointment of U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones to serve as the bureau’s acting director, NSSF looks forward to meeting with Mr. Jones and to continuing our industry’s cooperative relationship with ATF in helping them to curtail the illegal acquisition and misuse of firearms.

Though NSSF is still reviewing Mr. Jones’ record on Second Amendment-related issues, NSSF hopes to find in him an effective leader who can move the ATF forward and be supportive of the bureau’s cooperative relationship with America’s firearms industry.

One example of this cooperative relationship is the ATF-NSSF anti-straw purchasing campaign called Don’t Lie for the Other Guy – a program that educates retailers on how to better detect and deter illegal purchases of firearms and warns the public that it is a serious crime to attempt such an illegal purchase.

About NSSF
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 6,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to

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10 years ago

I would like to see the NSSF support a restoration of our second amendments rights instead of kissing up to the ATF with their “don’t lie for the other guy” stupid nonsense. Prior to the passage of the 68GCA the American firearms industry sold guns through the mail without background checks and 4473 forms. Some manufacturers marketed gun directly to children through FFA and 4H programs. Many of these guns were delivered to the schools so the children could take them home with them on the bus. Many of the so called disqualifiers that we have today DID NOT exist… Read more »