Senate Hearings Next Week on Biden’s Second Choice to Run ATF

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U.S.A.-( Senate hearings for Joe Biden’s second nominee to head the ATF, Steve Dettelbach, could begin as early as next week, Sen. Dick Durbin, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told Politico.

Officials within the Biden-Harris administration have said they hope to refocus on Dettelbach’s nomination after the mass murder in Buffalo, New York.

When Dettelbach, a Democrat, ran unsuccessfully for Ohio Attorney General in 2018, he was endorsed by Biden, Barack Obama, and Everytown for Gun Safety.

“Dettelbach is running on a platform that includes strengthening enforcement of gun safety laws in Ohio, and he supports closing the background check loophole and keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. His opponent, Dave Yost, is endorsed by the NRA,” Everytown announced in a 2018 press release. “Everytown is all-in on the midterm elections and gun violence survivors and volunteers with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will be knocking on doors and making calls to elect Dettelbach and other gun sense candidates.”

Everytown quickly endorsed Dettelbach to head the ATF because of his history of support for “assault weapon” and standard-capacity magazine bans, universal background checks and Red-Flag laws, as have several groups that represent police chiefs, sheriffs and other law enforcement executives.

The president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, which represents 26,000 federal officers, wrote that Dettelbach has a “proven history of working with law enforcement agencies, corrections officials, advocates, stakeholders, and elected officials across the political spectrum.”

Most recently, a group of 140 ex-Justice Department employees endorsed Dettelbach, saying he will “will help keep our communities safe by taking gun traffickers and other violent criminals off our streets.”

Biden’s first choice to run the ATF, David Chipman, was rejected by the Senate due to the uproar his nomination created within the gun-rights community, which balked because Chipman was a paid, anti-gun extremist.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, which “vehemently opposed” Chipman’s nomination, calling him “entirely unqualified to hold a position of public trust,” has concerns about Dettelbach, too.

“NSSF is committed to a thorough examination of Dettelbach’s record and qualifications and will listen carefully to his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. NSSF has significant concerns regarding Dettelbach’s previous public statements supporting bans on Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs), or AR-15 semiautomatic rifles, universal background checks, which are unworkable without a national firearm registry that is already forbidden by federal law, and extreme-risk protection orders, or so-called “red flag” laws, without protections for Due Process considerations. Dettelbach was also previously endorsed by the gun control group, Everytown for Gun Safety, for his support for policies restricting Second Amendment rights,” said in a statement last month.

The National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund awarded Dettelbach an “F” when he ran for Ohio Attorney General in 2018. The organization strongly opposes his nomination to head the ATF and has urged its members to take action.

“Like Chipman, Dettelbach is a dedicated gun controller with a background that proves he would be neither fair nor objective as head of ATF. When running for Ohio Attorney General in 2018, Dettelbach endorsed gun bans, restrictions on lawful firearm transfers, and further expansion of prohibitions on who can lawfully possess a firearm. In short, it’s unclear what gun control measures Dettelbach doesn’t support,” NRA said in a statement.


After Chipman’s stunning defeat, the Biden-Harris administration seems to have learned a lesson. White House staffers are laying a better foundation for Dettelbach than they did Chipman. They’re putting in the work, so to speak. They let Chipman sink or swim on his own, and he quickly sunk, so they’re a lot more careful with Biden’s second choice.

Compared to Chipman and his reprehensible personality, Dettelbach may be a charmer. The Senate hearings will be telling. However, when you consider their lack of respect for the right to keep and bear arms and their inability to serve as a fair and objective regulator of the firearms industry, Biden’s two nominees are eerily the same.

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Lee Williams, who is also known as “The Gun Writer,” is the chief editor of the Second Amendment Foundation’s Investigative Journalism Project. Until recently, he was also an editor for a daily newspaper in Florida. Before becoming an editor, Lee was an investigative reporter at newspapers in three states and a U.S. Territory. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a police officer. Before becoming a cop, Lee served in the Army. He’s earned more than a dozen national journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. Lee is an avid tactical shooter.

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ATF should be abolished Biden should be held accountable for treason nothing could be clearer in the actions of both.

Green Mtn. Boy

This !

Wild Bill

Treason is the only crime defined in our Constitution. King George used treason for any little thing against all his enemies. The writers of the Constitution did not want that in America.
Treason can be found at Art III, Section 3, section 1 of the Constitution. I’d put it here, but that is a lot of typing.
I think that Treason would be difficult to get a conviction, but Biden and his crime family has done a lot of illegal things.


The whole Biden Crime Family are Scum of the lowest order and, I’d tell you what I’d like to do but my good behavior has gotten the best of me! With apologies to “Doc” Holiday.

Wild Bill

Doc had the best lines in the entire movie!!

I think that his family are not the only ones. I, also, think that is why the socialist marxists were so desperate to cheat their way to power to avoid prosecution.


Did he are our enemies with military weapons that will be used against Americans and our allies. Kind of looks that way This has nothing to due with the pallets of American money that was left behind in afghanistan. According to an admission obtained from the State Department, Biden officials recently directed federal agencies to scrub their websites of official reports detailing the $82.9 billion in military equipment and training provided to the Afghan security forces since 2001. The scrubbed audits and reports included detailed accounting of what the U.S. had provided to Afghan forces, down to the number of night vision… Read more »

Wild Bill



A U.S. defense official on Monday confirmed the Taliban’s sudden accumulation of U.S.-supplied Afghan equipment is enormous. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and so spoke on condition of anonymity. The reversal is an embarrassing consequence of misjudging the viability of Afghan government forces — by the U.S. military as well as intelligence agencies — which in some cases chose to surrender their vehicles and weapons rather than fight.

Wild Bill

I wonder if any of the Hagi can maintain or fly a helicopter … probably the ones we trained.


They surrendered to the Talbain as soon as American forces left the theater. In reality they have been always working with the Taliban from the inside out. We should have relandscaped the that garden completely.


Dettelbach sounds like the perfect guy for another Waco, another Ruby Ridge.

Lesko Brandon

Alcohol and Tobacco are responsible for a lot more deaths than Firearms, and they are not rights recognized in our Constitution. Why can’t they get someone that focuses on something other than firearms?


That is a GREAT talking point when writing and calling your Senators!


All they do is collect taxes on Alcohol and Tobacco. Why do they have to do any more with firearms?


Steve Dettelbach has PROVEN himself to be BIASED to the Nth degree against American Law Abiding Citizens CONSTITUTIONALLY RECOGNIZED RIGHT of OWNING or BEARING a gun. This FACT makes Steve Dettelbach UNABLE to fulfill ANY position within the ILLEGALLY instituted Bureaucracy of the ‘ATF’!!


If the ATF was abolished like they should had been decades ago we wouldn’t even be talking about this now.


Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms would be a great name for a convenience store.


Why no cry “to arms!” as there was to oppose Chipman?
Get on your phones and visit the offices of your Senators, folks.

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Also, a call to the head of the sheriffs’ association (for the caller’s state) encouraging them to issue a statement opposing Dettelback would be helpful.   I’m not aware of one sheriffs’ association that has made such a statement.   Conversely, the Major County Sheriffs of America sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee leaders expressing the association’s support of Dettelbach to lead the BATFE.   Politicians listen to law enforcement organizations on matters related to gun control much more than they listen to individual voters.   This would be a great time for sheriffs to demonstrate they “are… Read more »


“The president of the Major County Sheriffs of America, Sheriff Dennis Lemma, sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee leaders to express his association’s support of Steve Dettelbach to lead the ATF.”


“A U.S. Marine Corps veteran and graduate of the FBI Academy, Sheriff Lemma holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and master’s degree in administrative leadership.”

If anyone would like to thank Dennis for negating the work of thousands of people who are working against Steve Dettelbach’s confirmation:

Sheriff Dennis M. Lemma
(407) 665-6635