Statement on Senate Confirmation of Steve Dettelbach

July 12, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Guns Down American Founder and Executive Director Igor Volsky released the following statement after the U.S. Senate confirmed Steve Dettelbach as the next director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

“Steve Dettelbach understands that we need an ATF director who will crack down on gun trafficking and reckless gun manufacturers, not cozy up to the gun industry. President Biden deserves credit for pushing this nomination through the Senate. Today was an important step, but the administration must do more to save lives, including creating a national office of Gun Violence Prevention.”

Since President Biden took office in January 2021, 63,000 Americans have lost their lives to the worst gun violence epidemic in recent memory and another 53,000 have been injured. It’s time for immediate, forceful action.