Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun ViolenceFor Immediate ReleaseJune 10, 2013Contact: Media [at] BradyNetwork [dot] org
(Washington, DC)— Dan Gross, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence released the following statement calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to vote in favor of B. Todd Jones for Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The committee will hold a hearing on his nomination on Tuesday, June 11, and Gross is calling for a swift vote so that the full Senate can consider Jones’ nomination.
“It’s time for the Senate Judiciary Committee to take action and send the nomination of B. Todd Jones to the Senate floor. His nomination has been lingering nearly six months and the agency has been without permanent leadership since 2006. This has gone on far too long, depriving the bureau of the stable leadership and the focus to carry out its vital missions including preventing violent crime.
We believe that Todd Jones is not only well qualified, but he's the right man for the job. He has a proven record of integrity through his previous experience as a US Marine commander, a US Attorney and Assistant Attorney and as the Acting Director of ATF since August 2011.
Todd Jones has developed a reputation for maintaining strong, sustained, cooperative and proactive relationships with local, state and federal law enforcement, as well as other stakeholders. He has also shown great capacity to work with victims and victim rights advocates. His emphasis on focusing limited resources where they are needed and where they can have the most impact is a welcome sign, especially in states, counties and communities where budgets have required cut backs on specialized units and capabilities such as gun interdiction, explosives and organized trafficking enterprises. His balanced focus on prevention, transparency, accountability, enforcement and proactive cooperation with those on the frontline has resulted in renewed confidence in ATF and its core mission.
The ATF needs permanent, stable leadership and the Senate needs to fulfill its duty and vote on his nomination. We look forward to the Committee hearing and an expedited vote and confirmation.