ATF nominee dodges Second Amendment questions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 31, 2019

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Washington D.C-Earlier today, in his first confirmation hearing, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) director nominee Chuck Canterbury Jr., dodged direct questions from lawmakers on the Second Amendment.

In spite of concerted efforts by Republican Senators, Canterbury repeatedly ducked questions when asked about key issues such as Constitutional Carry, “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation, and the 1994 Clinton Assault Weapons Ban.

During the two hour hearing, Canterbury refused to accept Constitutional Carry as practiced in over a dozen states, clinging to his position that it should be modified to include “training requirements” not found in the Constitution. Sen. Hawley C-SPAN

The answers Canterbury gave displayed a disturbing pattern of propping up the power of the government over the constitutional rights of everyday citizens, as was pointed out by Sen. Mike Lee:

“Time and time again, you have made statements about the Second Amendment, you have made statements with regard to Justice Sotomayor, you’ve turned out to be wrong. You have embraced a number of policies that have run roughshod over the rights of law-abiding citizens, in favor of the authority of the government.” Sen. Lee C-SPAN

“Chuck Canterbury refuses to own up to the past anti-gun actions of Eric Holder. We have no reason to believe he would protect the Second Amendment rights of anyone as ATF Director,” said Dudley Brown, President of the National Association for Gun Rights.

The National Association for Gun Rights opposes the nomination of Chuck Canterbury, Jr. as the next ATF Director and will score any vote to advance him as anti-gun.


The National Association for Gun Rights is the nation's second largest pro-gun organization, with 4.5 million members and supporters nationwide.

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