By Steve Neavling
President Trump formally withdrew his nomination of Kenneth “Chuck” Canterbury to lead the ATF on Tuesday amid opposition from Republicans.
Trump nominated Canterbury , the former national president of the National Fraternal Order of Police, in June 2019 to replace Thomas Brandon, who was retiring.
Trump notified Congress that he was withdrawing the nomination, The Hill reports .
The ATF has been without a permanent director since 2015.
During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in July, Republicans expressed concerns that Canterbury wasn’t supportive enough of gun rights. A vote to confirm Canterbury in September was postponed.
The latest development is part of a long history of powerful gun rights groups like the NRA blocking confirmation of ATF directors out of fear they’ll be too aggressive about enforcing the nation’s gun laws.