Yesterday the Trump administration pulled the nomination of Chuck Canterbury from consideration as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Canterbury was the former head of the Fraternal Order of Police. His nomination raised some alarms among gun rights supporters and it became obvious that he was never going to get the votes needed in the GOP-controlled Senate.
Canterbury ran into trouble when Republicans weren’t pleased by his perceived evasiveness during confirmation hearings when he was asked about his stance on gun control laws. The nomination had split the gun rights community with some in support of the nomination and others opposing it.
Here’s Dudley Brown’s reaction to the news that the administration had finally thrown in the towel on their pick:
The National Association for Gun Rights was the first gun rights organization to sound the alarm on Chuck Canterbury’s abysmal record on the Second Amendment, and in the end it was his past support for gun control that tanked his nomination.
It was NAGR members who deserve the credit for defeating Canterbury.
We’re glad the committee listened to our 4.5 million members and supporters by grilling Canterbury for his past support of the “assault weapons” ban. We encourage the White House and Congress to take the next step and dismantle this failed agency once and for all.
– Dudley Brown, National Association for Gun Rights