Administration Replacing Acting ATF Director

Gary Restaino tapped by President Biden. 

President Biden’s administration is removing the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives from his position and replacing him with the U.S. attorney in Arizona. The current acting director, Marvin Richardson, is being demoted to deputy director and will remain at ATF for now to advise Gary Restaino, the new acting director. 

The moves come a little more than a week after President Biden announced he was nominating Steve Dettlebach, who served as U.S. attorney in Ohio for seven years, to run the agency. Mr. Dettlebach must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. 

“I know there have been reports about this out there, and I will say that the President is making the designation under the Vacancies Reform Act, which of course says that any president, and only the president, may direct a person who serves in an office for which appointment is required to be made by the president by and with the advice and consent of Senate to perform the functions and duties of the vacant office temporarily,” Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated. 

She added, “We, of course, are strongly advocating for and pushing for his eminently qualified nominee to be confirmed and have an ATF-confirmed director for the first time in many years, which is something we would be eager to see happen.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the president to seek God’s wisdom as he nominates and appoints individuals to federal positions.
  • For U.S. senators as they consider and vote on the confirmation of the president’s nominees.
  • For the new and former acting directors as they fill the gap in ATF leadership.

Sources: Market Watch, CNN


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