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BREAKING: ATF Director Stepping Down

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The ATF Director plans to resign after, but not entirely because of, the 5.56 M855 ammo ban proposal.

News broke this morning that the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE or ATF for short), B. Todd Jones, will resign after just four years on the job.

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Jones had been interim Director since 2011, following the “Fast and Furious” controversy and was confirmed by the Senate in 2013.

As the government’s main firearm enforcement agency, the ATF had been at odds with law-abiding gun owners amid the increasing level of tragic gun violence. Many pro-gun rights groups and individuals believe firearms, in the right educated hands, can help make the environment safer. The anti-gun rights movement believes increasing restrictions and regulations related to guns and ammo will decrease violence and death caused by firearms.

The exact reasons for his departure are unclear, but it probably has something to do with the number of controversial events that the ATF has been involved with recently, including the recent proposed M855 ammo ban.

“ATF employees are hard-working, dedicated individuals who serve the public to make our nation safer every day,” Jones said in a statement. “I will truly miss leading and working side-by-side with these men and women in their pursuit of ATF’s unique law enforcement and regulatory mission.”

ATF Deputy Director Thomas E. Brandon will serve as acting director until a permanent director is confirmed by Congress.

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BREAKING: ATF Director Stepping Down