Former Ohio US Attorney is Biden's pick to lead Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
The former US Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio is President Biden’s pick to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
And if Steve Dettelbach is confirmed, he’ll be working on the Biden administration’s plan to take on gun violence.
The former federal prosecutor and Cleveland lawyer talked about his support for background checks when he was the Democratic nominee for Ohio Attorney General in 2018.
“Somebody who is running a legitimate firearms license dealer has to run a background check to sell a weapon. You shouldn’t be able to buy that exact same weapon still in the shrink wrap without having a background check,” said Dettelbach.
Dettelbach, who was endorsed by gun control groups in that unsuccessful 2018 campaign, is Biden’s second pick – the first withdrew after opposition from gun rights groups.
If he’s confirmed, Dettelbach will try to move gun control proposals, including banning so-called “ghost guns” – untraceable weapons assembled from components without serial numbers bought online.
Dettelbach has been in private practice in Cleveland since 2016, specializing in white collar investigations and securities enforcement. He was the US Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio for seven years, appointed by President Obama in 2009. He was a federal prosecutor for almost 20 years before that, and never lost a federal criminal trial.
Dettelbach has strong backing from gun control groups, and has gained early support from law enforcement and prosecutors.
But one of the seven Ohio Republicans running for the US Senate has announced her opposition. Former Ohio Republican Party chair Jane Timken called Dettelbach an "anti-gun activist" and said she'd work to defeat him, as she did in 2018.
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