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NRA Strongly Opposes the Nomination of Andrew Traver to Head BATFE, Calls on President Obama to withdraw the nomination

The National Rifle Association of America strongly opposes
President Obama’s nomination of Andrew Traver as director of the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE). Traver
has been deeply aligned with gun control advocates and anti-gun
activities. This makes him the wrong choice to lead an enforcement
agency that has almost exclusive oversight and control over the
firearms industry, its retailers and consumers. Further, an
important nomination such as BATFE director should not be made as a
“recess appointment,” in order to circumvent consent by the
American people through their duly-elected U.S. Senators.

Traver served as an advisor to the International Association for
Chiefs of Police’s (IACP) “Gun Violence Reduction Project,” a
“partnership” with the Joyce Foundation. Both IACP and the Joyce
Foundation are names synonymous with promoting a variety of gun
control schemes at the federal and state levels. Most of the
individuals involved in this project were prominent gun control
activists and lobbyists.

The IACP report, generated with Traver’s help, called on
Congress to ban thousands of commonly owned firearms by
misrepresenting them as “assault weapons,” as well as calling for
bans on .50 caliber rifles and widely used types of ammunition. The
report also suggests that Congress should regulate gun shows out of
existence and should repeal the privacy protections of the Tiahrt
Amendment — all efforts strongly opposed by the NRA and its

Traver also participated in an extremely deceptive NBC Chicago
in which he referred to “the growing frequency of gang members and
drug dealers using heavy caliber military-type weapons” and
described them as if they were machine guns: “Pull the trigger and
you can mow people down.” Traver and his agents provided the
reporter with a fully automatic AK-47, with which she was unable to
hit the target. He then said that stray bullets are “one of the
main problems with having stuff like this available to the

As the Agent-in-Charge of Chicago’s BATFE office, Traver knows
that fully automatic firearms are not available through normal
retail channels — the opposite of what was implied in the

An agency involved in the regulation of a fundamental,
individual right guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution should not
be led by an individual with a demonstrated hostility to that
freedom. For that reason, the NRA strongly opposes Andrew Traver to
head the BATFE and urges President Obama to withdraw this
ill-advised nomination.


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