President Trump on Wednesday formally nominated Kenneth “Chuck” Canterbury Jr. to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Mr. Canterbury, currently the head of the National Fraternal Order of Place was nominated last month, but his name was officially sent to the Senate Wednesday, advancing the process. The Senate must approve his new role.
The ATF is currently lead by Thomas Brandon, who recently retired.
Mr. Canterbury has served as the president of the National FOP since 2003 and has worked on its executive board for more than two decades.
He is an outspoken opponent of efforts by politicians to access to confidential law-enforcement data on firearms traces for use in firearms lawsuits against gun manufacturers. The ATF compiles the data in response to requests from other law enforcement agencies.
Mr. Canterbury last year split from other law enforcement figures when he supported Mr. Trump’s criminal justice reform measures. The legislation, which passed last year with bipartisan support, granted more lenient minimum sentences.
• Dave Boyer contributed to this report.
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