Steve Dettelbach Confirmed As Biden’s ATF Director

Steve Dettelbach
Steve Dettelbach, a former federal attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -( Steve Dettelbach has become the first confirmed Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Direct since the George W Bush administration.

Steven Dettelbach

The Dettelbach nomination was President Joe Biden’s second choice for ATF Director. His first choice was rabid anti-gun advocate David Chipman. Chipman worked for several anti-gun groups and was seen as too extreme by most of the U.S. Senate.

Two Republicans, Susan Collins (R-ME) and Rob Portman (R-OH) crossed the aisle to vote to confirm Dettelbach, who was confirmed by a margin of 48 to 46.

Dettelbach’s former career as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio was uneventful regarding firearms-related cases. After his time in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he took a job at BakerHostetler on the White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations team. He has no official record on firearms when working for BakerHostetler.

Even though Dettelbach doesn’t have any official record on gun control, he has spoken about several of his beliefs. Dettelbach believes in banning most semi-automatic rifles, which he calls “assault weapons.” He would like to see the Clinton-era assault weapons ban return with an expanded definition of an assault weapon.

Dettelbach also believes in universal background checks for firearms purchases. He believes the practice of private transfers should end. In many states, a firearm can be transferred through a private sale without the buyer going through a background check. Dettelbach would insist that all transfers be done through a federal firearms license (FFL) holder.

Most disturbingly for gun owners, Dettelbach believes in a firearms registry.

Earlier this year, the ATF admitted to having nearly one billion records at itsOut of Business Office in Martinsburg, WV. When an FFL goes out of business, the FFL must turn over all records for the past twenty years to the ATF. That will be expanded to all records, even those over twenty years old, in the new rule surrounding the definition of a firearm. That regulation is going into effect in late August of this year.

Over a year ago, when AmmoLand News was investigating Walmart turning over records of gun sales to the ATF, we uncovered that the ATF was using optical character recognition (OCR) to digitize the records. A year later, Gun Owners of America (GOA) verified this claim and determined that just under 700 million records have been digitized, with the ATF hard at work to get one billion records it holds scanned.

The ATF calls this a searchable database and claims the names field is not searchable. Although this claim is technically true, the search function in the field is just disabled. AmmoLand News determined that this function could be turned on in under 10 seconds with three clicks of a mouse. Many gun rights advocates consider this a firearms registry. Since Dettelbach believes in a registry, many gun rights activists worry about how the new Director will abuse the system.

Anti-gun groups celebrated the confirmation. Brady and others released statements of support.

“The importance of a Senate-confirmed director cannot be overstated,” Brown Kris, Brady United President, said, saying ATF is important to “enforcing the nation’s gun laws and reduce gun trafficking and the supply of firearms that are fueling our nation’s gun violence crisis.”

Gun rights groups have also taken to social media to decry the situation. They see Dettelbach as nothing more than a puppet of Biden’s anti-gun agenda.

“Politicians are showing what they really think of the 2A,” said Aidan Johnston, Director of Federal Affairs for Gun Owners of America (GOA). “Confirming an anti-gunner to lead an agency that works to restrict rights by creating a national gun registry & banning certain firearms is a disgrace to our Constitutional government.”

Dettelbach claims he will not let politics seep into his role as ATF Director, but only time will tell.

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FJB and anyone who is affiliated with him or voted for him . They are all POS !


Well right off the bat Collins and Portman need to be removed from office for violation of their oaths for willful failure to defend and protect the Constitution first and foremost above anything else. They obviously have no bosses (CITIZENS) in their districts that actually give a shit enough in communicating with their elected representatives to remind them of their jobs of protecting their constituents rights at all costs. So obviously if the citizens don’t give a damn they must not give a damn about their rights? Apathetic pussies!

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Collins already needed to be removed. Her complaints over supposed SCOTUS nominee “lies” is ridiculous. Then, this and many other non-conservative, anti-American votes also stain her record.


I must assume that Maine won’t go for a Democrat so Democrats run as Republicans. Snow was no better and King is listed independent.


Just a friendly FYI, Senators do not have districts, they are elected statewide.


This azz hole wants a Registry, ban on semi auto rifles, universal BGC, etc. He has zero authority to do any of that, and per multiple SCOTUS rulings, his wishes are all unconstitutional, so he can suck a big bag of phalluses.


You are exactly right and this shit-sucking weasle needs to removed from office very second there’s a violation of civil rights of any type.


well, scotus just ruled that federal agencies cannot produce law, that is the preview of congress. let’s see how much these progs violate that ruling and continue to restrict rights.


We can blame the RINOs, but this failure is on all of US. The 2A defenders failed to rally the troops to bombard the Senate swichboard and email boxes of.all the senators our concerns.and urge them not to vote for Jim, much like we did against David Chipmunk. Shame.on the 2A orgs and.shame on any one.of us.for allowing this guy to go through virtually unapposed.

If you aren’t voting against the RINOs in the PRIMARIES, you’re part of the problem.

Get involved. STAY involved.


First you are exactly right about the RINO’S, I have been fooled by a couple myself, but no more. However, the real problems are the RAT party first and foremost.

They used to have a modicum of common sense and most loved living in America. Unfortunately I believe a number of them still do but are either to insulated or ignorant of what their party has evolved into. I meet them occasionally, not nearly as often anymore, but they’re still there.

We can and must do better trying to influence people away from the communists.


GOA sent me a notification. Huh


I got maybe ONE myself. I’ll bet you saw dozens of videos and received MANY emails and links to form letters to submit against Chipmunk. Nothing like that level of response to this clown.


Warning! Maybe this new atf guy could lay a Bonta by exposing online records of every gun owner in the system, then say he’s sorry.


everyone with a machine gun ,silencer, sbr . That WOULD be a death wish MOST registered owners are privet people , even the shops that sell are mostly appointment only . some are into simplicity others the more complicated the better


Are you implying this CONTROLLER will do exactly what happened in KKKafornia where all the People who APPLIED to the government pertaining to guns????


The problem I see is that nowadays officials believe their own publicity.


All I can say is “we were warned”!


Now we have an ATF director that has never personally owned a gun or carried one in a professional capacity


will be intresting if they audit last election and check true status of obummer , if he took money, or got in to Harvard as a foreign national he renounced citizenship so yea I want the mess cleaned up truth needs to be out there this sealed records bs smells of coverup, could be he flunked out and no one caught his fraudulent claim about graduating if he was not eligible lots of things would change people in jail and out of jobs dictates with no basis gone