Firearms Policy Coalition Statement on Steven Dettelbach’s Confirmation to Head ATF

Steven Dettelbach IMG By Lonnie Tague for the Department of Justice Public Domain
Steven Dettelbach IMG By Lonnie Tague for the Department of Justice Public Domain

WASHINGTON, D.C. – -( Firearms Policy Coalition issued the following statement in response to the United States Senate’s confirmation of Steven Dettelbach as permanent director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF):

The Senate failed the People this week. The purpose of agency directors is to serve ministerial duties, not to subvert law and cheerlead the abrogation of our rights. By confirming an anti-rights zealot to helm one of the nation’s most infamous agencies, the Senate has all but promised that the ATF will continue, or even worsen, its violations of the trust of the People.

Steven Dettelbach–who aggressively promoted “universal background checks” and “assault weapon” bans–will serve as the first permanent ATF director since Byron Todd Jones, who stepped down in 2015.

ATF has a storied history of civil rights violations, arming cartels, and not to mention the commission of atrocities such as those at Waco, Texas. It cannot be understated how concerning it is that an anti-rights zealot will now be taking the helm of that agency.

With several members of the Senate absent due to varying health issues, Republicans had the power to avert Dettelbach’s confirmation. For reasons beyond our comprehension, two GOP Senators seemed to salivate at the opportunity to advance a hand-picked anti-rights activist, thus allowing him to narrowly gain confirmation in a 48-46 vote. By confirming Dettelbach, the Senate has once again failed the People in spectacular fashion.

The Senate Republicans who made Dettelbach’s confirmation possible are:

Sen. Susan Collins (ME) and Sen. Rob Portman (OH)

FPC remains vigilant against the weaponization of federal law enforcement against peaceable people. As this new chapter of the ATF begins under Dettelbach’s leadership, FPC will use all tools available to meet any infringement of individual rights with the appropriate corresponding response.

About Firearms Policy Coalition

Firearms Policy Coalition (, a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization, exists to create a world of maximal human liberty, defend constitutional rights, advance individual liberty, and restore freedom. FPC’s efforts are focused on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and adjacent issues including freedom of speech, due process, unlawful searches and seizures, separation of powers, asset forfeitures, privacy, encryption, and limited government. The FPC team are next-generation advocates working to achieve the Organization’s strategic objectives through litigation, research, scholarly publications, amicus briefing, legislative and regulatory action, grassroots activism, education, outreach, and other programs. FPC Law ( is the nation’s largest public interest legal team focused on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and the leader in the Second Amendment litigation and research space.


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Face it DC is a cesspool and it needs flushed ! Jan 6th was a precursor to the flushing process . Watch the criminals run and hide behind armed security that kill a female veteran. This is what we have for leaders cowards and liars and thieves .


big al here The Swamp needs to be Flushed !.


You Better believe IT!.


Jan6….Insurrection……you say insurrection as though that were a bad thing. Fortunately, our Founding Fathers did not have the same perspective. What did Jefferson say about rebellion…aka insurrection? “What country before, ever existed a century and a half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance?” AH HA…there is the WHY behind gun control. Politicians don’t care about dead bodies in schools, streets….those are features. “That is why our masters in Washington are so anxious to disarm us. They are not afraid… Read more »


Poor David Chipman must be going nuts over this guys confirmation ! Chipman was just the first loser in the process.

Patriot Solutions

I have never considered the republican party to be pro-2A or even constitutionalists in fact yesterday republicans tried to get me to sign over my 4th amendment rights to obtain a building permit and I refused with approprate language and after the debate they decared me exempt from their tyrantical rule and I made them put that exemption in writting. Those R letters by the name mean not a damn thing to me.

Kabbalah is after Boebert here too.

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“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” — John Adams Our entire system of government is based upon rules. After all, what is “The Constitution of the United States” if not a set of rules describing a government and how it is to operate. Unfortunately, Mordor on the Potomac, out nation’s capital city, has become infested with those who believe that rules are to be worked around, changed, or simply ignored. Their like infest state, county, and local governments across the land. One of the rules… Read more »

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Wild Bill

Yes, the S. Ct., having no enforcers, depends upon the Executive branch, which is a check on the Judicial Branch that keeps them from rendering useless … the president and Congress.
Our founders could not have contemplated the depth of greed, corruption, depravity and perversion that now infests our federal government.


Yup, and it goes right back full circle to the John Adams quote posted by DDS.


What the Supreme Court did to the EPA should be done to the ATF!!!!!!!


Big al , I agree !.

Mystic Wolf

Well now that you have opened the door to MORDOR let’s see how. Many orcs can stay behind the gates. It looks like ARAGRON is going g to have his hands full in this battle, hahahaha. All those in congress are acting like orcs wanting to steal our rights from us and once again make the people slaves to the Government, I never thought I would see this happen in my life, but it looks almost like the people want to be slaves to those in office. Are you men or are you mice? The way people are acting there… Read more »