Gun Rights Group Sounds Alarm About Trump’s Pick for ATF Chief

Nominee has ‘a long track record that should concern gun owners…’

Gun Rights Group Sounds Alarm About Trump's ATF Pick

Chuck Canterbury / IMAGES: Fox Business via Youtube

(Lionel Parrott, Liberty Headlines) A gun rights group is sounding the alarm about President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Gun Owners of America sent out an e-mail blast where they expressed serious concerns about the appointment of Chuck Canterbury, currently the president of the Fraternal Order of Police, to lead the organization.

Calling Canterbury an “anti-gunner,” GOA said the nominee has “a long track record that should concern gun owners.”

Notably, Canterbury supported the nominations of both Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Attorney General Eric Holder, made by President Barack Obama.


They also object to Canterbury’s leadership of the FOP, noting that the group backed measures to expand the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which GOA called unconstitutional and ineffective.

The release stated that under NICS, Americans who fail a background check can be denied the purchase of a firearm—and that 95 percent of initial failures turn out to be false positives.

In addition, they note that FOP has supported universal background checks while opposing constitutional carry.

GOA concluded the press release by urging members to contact their U.S. senators and urging them to reject Canterbury’s nomination.

But GOA’s opposition is not the entire story. Other gun organizations seem neutral or even supportive of Canterbury’s candidacy.

He’s earned praise from trade organizations for the firearms and suppressor industries, including the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the American Suppressor Association.

“Mr. Canterbury brings a proven record of performance that will provide the ATF, and the firearms and ammunition industry, the leadership that is deserved,” said Larry Keane, senior vice president and general counsel of the NSSF.

It’s also worth noting that the FOP under Canterbury endorsed Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy in 2016.

Two other gun rights groups, the National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation, have not released statements on Canterbury’s nomination, but the NRA expressed support for Canterbury’s leadership in the past.