Minnesota U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones named Acting Director of BATFE

In a press release issued moments ago, the Department of Justice announced that Minnesota U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones has been named Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives following the announcement of Kenneth Melson’s “reassignment” in the wake of the Fast and Furious scandal.

Initial reports were that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder would name BATFE Chicago office head Andrew Travers as Acting Director.  Travers, who has a long history of association with anti-gun organizations, was strongly opposed by the National Riffle Association and other gun rights groups when President Obama nominated him for Director of the BATFE in 2010.

Happily, the Obama Administration instead selected Jones, a seasoned prosecutor and former Marine Corps judge advocate, who, by all accounts, is generally supportive of the Second Amendment.

I personally wish Acting Director Jones the best of luck in cleaning up an agency whose credibility with the industry it purports to regulate has been severely damaged by the actions of a leadership team that tried to use extra-legal tactics to demonize gun stores and gun owners.

© 2011, John Pierce. All rights reserved.


About John Pierce

Monachus Lex is written by Virginia attorney John Pierce. John is a life-long gun rights advocate, an NRA certified instructor and co-founder of the nationwide gun rights group OpenCarry.org.

He has an undergraduate degree in Computer Information Systems, an MBA from George Mason University and is a 2012 Honors Graduate of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, MN.

Professionally, John is a member of the American Bar Association Second Amendment Civil Rights Litigation Subcommittee and his writings have been published by the ABA Civil Rights Litigation Committee and the ABA Minority Trial Lawyer Committee.

In addition, his open carry advocacy has been featured on Nightline and The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.

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3 Responses to Minnesota U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones named Acting Director of BATFE

  1. Matthew Baxter says:

    B. Todd Jones is a former Marine Corps Judge Advocate, unless I am mistaken and there is a Marine Corporation out there that has positions for JAG officers. I know there are only a few hundred thousand people in the world that know the difference between Corp and Corps but I’m one of them and wanted to go on the record to correct the author and editor of this article. I wish there was a way for someone to learn stuff lime this without having to join the United States Marine Corps but alas there doesn’t appear to be such a way. Have no fear or shame though, there are writers and editors nationwide that make this mistake on a daily basis.
    Semper Fi

  2. John Pierce says:

    Matthew … thanks for the catch. I have corrected the article. And thank you for your service to our country!

    John

  3. we support your second admendment efforts! Lets keep americe free

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