Regina Lombardo Acting Director of ATF Retires as of May 31st 2021

Regina Lombardo Acting ATF Director Retires
Regina Lombardo Acting ATF Director Retires

WASHINGTON D.C.-( Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Acting Director Regina Lombardo today announced her retirement from the federal agency.

Lombardo began her career at the ATF in 1992 as a special agent from the Miami Field Office. She quickly raised through the ranks in Miami, eventually serving as the Group Supervisor for the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force. Lombardo left Miami for Toronto, Canada, where Lombardo served as the Assistant ATF Country Attaché. After that, she returned to the States and served as the Chief of the ATF Leadership Institute.

Lombardo would return to the field and serve at the New York City Field Division as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAIC). She would return to Florida and finally rise to the position of Special Agent in Charge (SAIC) of the Tampa Field Division.

Lombardo eventually left the field and serve as Deputy Assistant Director of Field Operations for the Central Region. She would then make another move and take the Assistant Director of the Office of Human Resources and Professional Development. She would stay in this position until 2018.

In March of 2018, Lombardo became the Acting Deputy Director of ATF.

On April 24th, 2019 Attorney General, William Barr, nominated her to be the Acting Director of the ATF after Trump’s nominee failed to get confirmed and then Director Byron Todd Jones retired. She would begin her new position on May 1st, 2019.

Regina Lombardo issued her resignation to Attorney General Merrick Garland on April 13th, 2021. Her resignation will be effective May 31st.

She highlighted her nearly 30 years of service with the agency and the fact she served under five administrations. Lombardo claims to have executed her mission as a Special Agent with a level of integrity and professionalism.

She stated that the ATF had played a central law enforcement role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the civil unrest the gripped the country over the summer, and the January 6th “attack” on the Capitol. She stated that she had great pride humility to “protect and serve” as Acting Director during those times and said that her feelings never wavered.

Lombardo saluted those that served under her for their dedication, bravery, and honor, and she stated that she could not be prouder of her team. The ATF under her watch cracked down on legally owned unfinished firearms receivers, tried to regulate pistol braces through rule changes and the enforcement of the bump stock ban.

Lombardo found herself at the center of controversy when she met with the Biden transition team to discuss the ATF’s goals before the Presidential race winner was officially announced. In those meetings, she stated that the ATF’s top two priorities were pistol braces and unfinished firearms receivers. We have seen Biden target those items through executive actions.

Biden has nominated former ATF Special Agent and anti-gun activist David Chipman to take over the agency. With the nomination process so close, it is making people wonder why she is retiring now. Acting Assistant Director Marvin Richardson will take over the day-to-day operations.

Regina Lombardo Acting ATF Director Retires, Resignation Letter

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She’ll begin working for one or more of the anti-gun groups and she’ll pull down six figures a year immediately, plus speaking tour engagements for big-time bucks, and also start a consultancy Agency for quote” Common Sense gun laws.

She’s about to become a multi-millionaire on the backs of persecuted law-abiding constitutional gun owners.


You hit the nail on the head.


Political appointee as acting director of a federal agency… I’d be surprised if she hasn’t been making 200k already. However you are probably right that she will be making much more after leaving government employment.

APG member

She is female, but not a disabled minority transgender female so the republican democrat alliance would likely given her something less…

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uncle dudley

Do you think she is going to Giffords gun grabbers inc. to replace Chipman.
Wouldn’t surprise me.


“She will be going somewhere to wreak even more havoc!: – there FIFY.
The only thing I will say about her is she likely would have caused less damage than the chipster will………………….


She just wasn’t radical enough for Joe to nominate her for director.

American Patriot

It’s was time for her to go…..One can only suck sooo much D**k!


Don’t let the doorknob hit you in the ass on the way out the door. Good riddance.


Retired or resigned? Only worked for 30 years?


I don’t think she ever did the law abiding gun owners any favors at all but I expect that she wasn’t leftist enough to work under anti-gun activist David Chipman or with Marvin Richardson. I can’t help but wonder just how far they might go to step all over our second amendment rights of the Constitution. Unlawfully I expect. She may not have wanted the pressure of being called a liar and maybe even getting fired from her position because she wouldn’t bend that far down to maybe break the rules. I don’t trust any of them myself.


It’s a government job. Early retirement with pension and medical benefits, then continue working in a corporate role using her contacts and knowledge from the governmental role. Heck I’ve know people who retired from government jobs, then turned around and worked as consultants to their former employer – but at a higher rate than they did as employees.

Then they wonder why ordinary tax payers complain.


Finn – she is likely topped out as a GS 15 and could only look forward to ‘meager’ annual COLA adjustments. It is highly likely she already has at least one consulting job lined up at big bucks. That ‘retirement’ syndrome is VERY pervasive thru all aspects of gummint ‘service’ – even (especially?) the military. Look at how many flag and general officers take their cushy retirement and then somehow manage to acquire an SES job. NOT complaining by any means since my disability retirement keeps me fairly comfortable but it seems to me that many of them either didn’t… Read more »


She probably retired so that chipman could step in as acting director. This enables them to us him currently being acting directory to help with the nomination process. “Look at all the good things he’s accomplished as acting director – now lets make it official.”

Charlie Foxtrot

Chipman can’t be the acting director per the Federal Vacancies Reform Act (FVRA)!


More like “Forced Retirement” – though she was bad, she likely wouldn’t bend over fast enough for Biden’s puppeteers.

Roland T. Gunner

It’s time agents stopped following unconstitutional orders regarding firearms. And prosecution for civil rights violations under color of law.