ASA Supports Chuck Canterbury for ATF Director

ASA Supports Chuck Canterbury for ATF Director

WASHINGTON, DC-( The American Suppressor Association (ASA), the unified voice of the suppressor community, fully supports President Donald Trump’s nomination of Chuck Canterbury to serve as the next Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). ATF has been without a permanent director since B. Todd Jones resigned in 2015.

“As the regulating body of our industry, ATF has a tremendous amount of control over our ability to operate and create jobs,” said Knox Williams, President and Executive Director of ASA. “Because of their influence over our businesses, the ATF Director is, for us, one of the most important politically appointed positions that President Trump will fill. His nomination of Mr. Canterbury, which does require Senate confirmation, falls directly in line with his campaign promise to work with the firearms industry and protect the Second Amendment. Mr. Canterbury’s resume and reputation highlight that he is the leader that ATF needs in order to become the bureau that they are intended to be.”

For the past 16 years, Mr. Canterbury has served as the President of the National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). During his tenure, in 2009, Mr. Canterbury went on record saying, “I want no mistake to be made. I take a back seat to no one in my reverence for the Second Amendment.” Prior to FOP, he spent 26 years on the Horry County, South Carolina police force, ultimately achieving the rank of Major (Deputy Chief).


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  • 22 thoughts on “ASA Supports Chuck Canterbury for ATF Director

    1. LOL I swear, this just writes itself. After nominating this anti-gun jerk to the head of the ATF, Trump talks about possibly banning suppressors just days later. He’s really soured on me and turning out to be a massive anti-gun president.

    2. FAILURE. another stupid move by the current POTUS.
      News Flash: ASA has not done its proper vetting homework.
      This person is an anti-2nd advocate. aka NOT as advertised.
      When will the shit show stop?

      1. @Mr. Walker, When we contact the president and our Senators, particularly those up for re-election, and pressure them to reject Canterberry. If we are the boss, then now is the time to assert that.
        Letters are better, but for convenience:

      2. @Mr. Wilkker, Here is what I sent: Hon. Donald Trump,
        I can hardly believe that you have nominated an anti-gunner to lead the ATF. Canterbury has a long track record that should concern you, Mr President: He’s testified before Congress to support anti-gunners like Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Attorney General Eric Holder. Canterbury is your political enemy and part of the swamp.
        Canterbury has supported Universal Background Checks and opposed Constitutional Carry.
        my name and rank

        Then I modified the message and sent it to my two senators.

    3. You left out that while in Horry County, Canterbury was anti 2nd Amendment, anti self defense, anti Constitution, and a political muppet of the democrats.

    4. Glad the ASA does and that speaks volumes for the ASA,however any 2 nd. amendment minded American should be in opposition to his appointment.

    5. And this is why I will never join the ASA.
      Despite Canterbury’s protestations to the contrary, his past actions in the decidedly Anti-rights FOP should make it clear that the ASA are backing a jack-boot for leadership of another opprobrious gang of thugs with badges.
      Also, isn’t the ASA one of the groups that pushed the so-called “Hearing Protection Act”, which would continue to control suppressors like title 1 firearms requiring NICS checks and licensed dealers, over the competing HUSH Act which would have completely deregulated them and treat them as ordinary accessories?
      (although to be fair It was never clear as to how either bill would treat the manufacture of a silencer)

      I believe that the ASA are corrupted by their close association with the unconstitutional usurpers in the executive branch and beholden to the special interests of the NFA dealers who are making bank on these infringements.

      I will be contacting my representatives.
      (For whatever good that will do.)
      But it won’t be to support this enemy of liberty.
      On another consideration, this is yet another anti-gun rights appointee by Mr. Trump.
      It reminds me of the following quote:
      “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action”
      ― Ian Fleming (from “Goldfinger”)

    6. THIS is why the ASA “supports” this nomination:

      “…ATF has a tremendous amount of control over our ability to operate and create jobs.”

      How f*ing ridiculous is that! Basically the govt owns that industry. Isn’t that the definition of socialism?? What a sad commentary on where we stand today as a “free” nation.

    7. We don’t even need the BATFE,period. Isn’t it our constitutional rights to keep and bear arms.

      1. Should be BofT, and nothing more. They have one office full of criminal records, and 10 warehouses full of illegally kept records on law abiding citizens!

      2. BATFE is THE most corrupt of all the Federal Law Enforcement agencies! They are also the least respected by LEOs across the nation at all levels. The current thinking is that if you can’t meet the qualifications for a Mall Security Guard (unarmed), they you are just the kind of individual that the BATFE is looking for in their agents (recruit the young and stupid so you can train them “right”).

    8. Oh, one other thing. Does anyone at all find it ODD (wrong) that a gun group is ENDORSING an anti-gunner? I would expect this kind of chicanery from Wayne LaPierre, but I don’t know ASA. Considering that suppressors are NFA regulated, I would think that a group like this would be the LAST ONES IN THE WORLD to gladly lick the jackboot!!

      Am I missing something??!?

    9. CANTERBURY IS A RABID ANTI-GUNNER!! Only the NRA and ASA would support this fool!!

      Trump’s Pick for ATF has Supported a Litany of Gun Control
      Urge your U.S. Senators to reject the anti-gun Chuck Canterbury nomination. Your emails will tell your Senators that the anti-gun FOP President is NOT the right choice to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
      You may have already seen the news. But President Trump has nominated an anti-gunner to lead the ATF. His name is Chuck Canterbury, and he is the president of the anti-gun Fraternal Order of Police. Sadly, Canterbury has a long track record that should concern gun owners:

      He’s testified before Congress to support anti-gunners like Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Attorney General Eric Holder.
      Under his watch, the FOP backed Congressional measures to expand the unconstitutional and failing NICS system — which is the same system where 95% of the initial denials are false positives.
      And on the state level, the FOP under his watch has supported Universal Background Checks and opposed Constitutional Carry.

      Please email your U.S. Senators and urge them to reject the Canterbury nomination.

      I find it disgusting that Ammoland will shill for whatever PR the NRA puts out, but won’t publish a single GOA alert.

      1. @Will Flatt, Yes, and we have the power to pressure our employees in the Senate to refuse Canterbury’s nomination. Now, we will see if the warriors out there are all that they claim to be.

    10. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, has no venue or jurisdiction within the borders of any of the 50 States of the united States of America, except in pursuit of an importer of contraband alcohol, tobacco, or firearms, who failed to pay the TAX on those items. As proof, refer to the July 30, 1993 ruling of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1 F.3d 1511; 1993 U.S. App. Lexis 19747, where the court ruled in United States v. D.J. Vollmer & Co. that “the B.A.T.F. has jurisdiction over the first sale of a firearm imported to the country, but they don’t have jurisdiction over subsequent sales.”

      ASA , and all gun rights groups need to be challenging the ILLEGALLY created BATFE
      ( Search – ‘ BATF – Criminal Fraud by Dan Meador )

      1. That’s not what the decision meant, and your quote isn’t even in the decision. Anyone who listens to your legal advice is a bigger idiot than you are. If you believe what you’re spouting, go assemble an NFA item on the steps of the nearest Federal Building. You can post on YouTube showing them letting you off when you point out the court decision.

    11. Anyone associated with the Fraternal Order of Police is a dude we don’t want to see have anything to do with gun (and drug (like alcohol and tobacco) freedom. These days, the police unions are the largest force against more liberal drug laws, and a driving force for gun control. In fact we have in large part to thank the fraternal order of police for all manner of gun restoration and control legislation as well as for federal bans on AP ammo and machine guns.
      Mark my warning that this guy will fall in line with any new legislation or interpretation that steals our freedom with the excuse of “saving the lives of our boys in blue”.

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