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EXCLUSIVE: President Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Steve Dettelbach, has won the backing of the National Sheriff’s Association – a key endorsement on the eve of his confirmation hearing in Senate.
The National Sheriff’s Association (NSA), in a letter obtained by Fox News, to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, offered their support for Dettelbach , saying he would “add value to local law enforcement by not only adding resources to urban areas, but rural ones as well.”
“Mr. Dettelbach emphasized the importance of ‘on the ground’ task forces and pledged to provide forensic assistance to local law enforcement at crime scenes,” the chairman of the law firm wrote. NSA, Sheriff Vernon Stanforth, and Sheriff’s Chair Jim Skinner. “Further, the NSA has raised concerns about the Second Amendment and believes that Mr. Dettelbach has heard us and is committed to preserving, protecting, and defending our Constitution, including the right of the people to hold and carry weapons.”
“Mr. Dettelbach is committed to communicating regularly and openly with the NSA and we urge the Senate to promptly confirm his appointment,” Stanforth and Skinner wrote.
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The National Sheriff’s Association endorsement comes after top county sheriffs across America also put their weight behind Dettelbach.
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Dettelbach has also received endorsements from nearly every former ATF manager over the past four decades.
Fox News first reported that a number of Republican-appointed federal prosecutors offered their support to Dettelbach during his nomination, including former Trump assistant attorney general Rod Rosenstein.
Dettelbach was unanimously confirmed on a bipartisan basis in 2009 for his position as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
The White House said Dettelbach has “a proven track record of working with federal, state, and local law enforcement to combat violent crime and counter domestic violent extremism and religious violence — including through partnerships with the ATF to pursue complex cases and take down violent criminal gangs.”
Throughout his career, Dettelbach has also worked closely with local law enforcement and community leaders to “develop and implement data-driven, neighborhood-based efforts to prevent and combat crime. violent,” a White House official said.
The White House official told Fox News that “Dettelbach’s leadership and record of innovation in promoting public safety makes him ready from day one to aggressively and creatively address these pressing issues at home.” ATF”.
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The president’s appointment of Dettelbach comes as he and his administration work to ensure the ATF “has the leadership it needs to enforce our common sense gun laws and fight gun crime.” .
Biden previously nominated David Chipman as his nominee for ATF director in 2021. Chipman faced a fierce backlash from pro-gun groups almost immediately after his nomination earlier this year.
The 25-year-old ATF veteran has made a name for himself as a strong advocate for increased gun regulation and has returned to his role as an adviser to Giffords, a gun control advocacy group named after former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona who was shot. while he is in office.
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Biden withdrew Chipman’s nomination Sept. 9 after his confirmation failed to pass through the Senate.
Dettelbach’s confirmation hearing as head of the ATF is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.