The group sent a letter from the US Conference of Mayors to the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, urging them to vote swiftly to confirm Dettelbach, touting the former US attorney’s decades of experience and expressing confidence in his ability to work with local leaders.
“Mr. Dettelbach understands and respects true partnership. He gets that the problems facing cities are not all the same, so that a one-size-fits-all approach makes no sense,” a copy of the letter shared with CNN reads. ” And he also has shown that he can listen to local leaders, who often know the most about solving the problems their facing citizens. That is when the ATF can be at its best.”
If confirmed, Dettelbach would be charged with implementing Biden’s agenda on guns. The President — in the same speech in which he announced Dettelbach as his nominee — put forward new firearm regulations to contain the use of so-called ghost guns, which are self-assembled firearms that do not have serial numbers, making them difficult to track and regulate. Biden has described gun violence in America as an “epidemic” and called it an “international embarrassment,” after a string of mass shootings last year.
Administration officials have acknowledged Dettelbach faces long odds in the Senate, largely because gun-rights groups routinely oppose any nominee for the agency that regulates guns.
Dettelbach had been unanimously confirmed by the Senate to serve as the US attorney for the Northern District of Ohio under President Barack Obama. He has held positions within the Justice Department and the Senate Judiciary Committee and has served on the Ohio Ethics Commission. He made a failed bid for attorney general of Ohio in 2018.
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