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#1 InterestedBystander


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Posted 27 September 2019 - 01:21 PM

Full story at link...


...Senate Republicans Shut Down ATF Nominee.
GOP senators wary of Chuck Canterbury's support for gun control

Chuck Canterbury, President Trump's nominee to serve as head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, is likely to see his nomination withdrawn due to stringent opposition from Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Washington Free Beacon learned on Thursday.

"Chuck Canterbury does NOT have sufficient support in the Judiciary Committee and is now expected to be held up instead of getting a vote today," a GOP Senate aide told the Free Beacon on Thursday morning. "Republican members are (1) Concerned about his stances on gun control, and (2) there is still some bad blood for him flipping the Fraternal Order of Police in support of the First Step Act (after opposing the more moderate version), allegedly in exchange for the ATF Director nomination."

"His 2A views are bad and he'd lose a lot of votes in committee," a second Senate source told the Free Beacon. "We expect the White House will pull him given lack of support from Republicans on the Judiciary Committee."

At least one Republican senator, Utah's Mike Lee, seemed to agree with this assessment when reached for comment.

"Sen. Lee has concerns about Canterbury's Second Amendment views and is pleased the markup has been delayed," Lee's office told the Free Beacon....

...Canterbury's nomination seemed in trouble during his July confirmation hearing when he frustrated Republican senators by refusing to deviate from the official positions of the FOP on gun control. He avoided answering questions about his views on the Second Amendment and even explicitly said he did not understand ATF regulations well enough to say what gun control policies he could or could not implement.

"If you're not familiar with the process running the ATF, then you are not qualified," Sen. John Kennedy (R., La.) told him at the time.

It was Canterbury's views on gun control, however, that sealed the deal. His past support for universal background check proposals and for President Obamas attorney general Eric Holder were both major stumbling blocks, according to the second Senate source....

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Posted 27 September 2019 - 01:48 PM

"His past support for universal background check proposals and for President Obamas attorney general Eric Holder"

Why was even considered?

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Posted 27 September 2019 - 01:53 PM

Good riddance...

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Posted 27 September 2019 - 02:10 PM

"His past support for universal background check proposals and for President Obamas attorney general Eric Holder"
Why was even considered?

There was some earlier discussion here, where some of his better points came out.

But yeah, there's that universal background thing that really can't be ignored.

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Posted 27 September 2019 - 02:41 PM

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Posted 27 September 2019 - 04:16 PM

I'm glad the Senate is getting something done. I heard the fellas over in the House have been busy with some sort or inquiry or something...

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Posted 27 September 2019 - 04:28 PM

Let's hope the rest of the gun-grabbers get the message too.

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Posted 27 September 2019 - 06:12 PM

Good thing the Judiciary Committee is on top of the 2A. Hopefully they stay with it.

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Posted 28 September 2019 - 06:37 AM

Too bad they didn't just do away with the ATF.

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Posted 29 September 2019 - 04:00 PM

"His past support for universal background check proposals and for President Obamas attorney general Eric Holder"
Why was even considered?

Because Trump doesn't support the 2nd Amendment, he just lied to get elected. Look who he picked for attorney general too. Actions speak louder than words.
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Posted 29 September 2019 - 04:07 PM

Trump likely knew the nomination was doomed but he wanted everyone to see how reasonable he is compared to others.

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