Director B. Todd Jones Quits BATFE

Appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder, Jones has been the ATF's acting director since 2011.

ATF Director B. Todd Jones proves he is “a man of change” by announcing his decision to step down from his position at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and leaving the agency all together for the private sector. The rumor mill has it as he will be a lawyer for the National Football League.

The Obama-approved and Eric Holder-appointed Jones was acting director of the ATF since 2011 and voted in as permanent director in 2013. He was one of six acting directors in six years. The ATF will, yet again, be replacing the director with current Deputy Director (Thomas E. Brandon).

Brandon has served as Deputy Director since 2011. Prior to his current position, he was a special agent in charge of the field division in Phoenix, Arizona.

Appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder, Jones has been the ATF's acting director since 2011.
Appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder, Jones has been the ATF’s acting director since 2011.
Just as B. Todd Jones entered into the agency amid controversy—as is his exit with the pending M855 ammo ban—so will Brandon.

Prior to becoming Deputy Director, Brandon was the Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Division for operations in Arizona and New Mexico. In Operation Fast and Furious, from 2006 to 2011, the ATF in Tucson and Phoenix purposely let illegal guns “walk” into Mexico in hopes the ATF could track down and arrest cartel leaders. The ATF lost track of over 2,000 firearms. Including the one used to murder United States Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. As a guest on a 2012 radio show called “The Badge,” Brandon said about Operation Fast and Furious, “Being totally candid with you and the public, we made mistakes and we’re owning up to them.” None of my research returned that Brandon was ever called to testify or questioned about his role in Operation Fast and Furious.

B. Todd Jones resignation is effective March 31, 2015. He said, “I will truly miss leading and working side-by-side with these men and women in their pursuit of ATF’s unique law enforcement and regulatory mission.” Besides Operation Fast and Furious, the ATF has been widely criticized for its many botched sting operations operating fake gun stores throughout the country where agents took advantage of mentally incapacitated individuals, losing track of firearms and leaving hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damages to properties in Operation Fearless.

It has been nearly a decade in which the ATF’s operations including the recent proposal to change the framework for “armor piercing ammunition” have been a disaster. So much so, that last year, Representative Jim Sensenbrenner said he was going to draft a bill to eliminate the ATF. Supporters of the bill called the ATF, “unaccountable,” “a debacle” and an “embarrassment.” Judging by the agency’s track record, I just don’t see it or Brandon digging themselves out of the hole they so furiously dug.

From the ATF’s press release:

ATF Announces B. Todd Jones to Depart WASHINGTON, D.C. – B. Todd Jones, the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), today announced he will depart to pursue opportunities in the private sector. Jones’s resignation becomes effective March 31. “ATF employees are hard-working, dedicated individuals who serve the public to make our nation safer every day,” said Jones. “I have seen firsthand their extraordinary commitment to combating violent crime, ridding the streets of criminals, and leveraging all available resources to keep our communities safe.” “I will truly miss leading and working side-by-side with these men and women in their pursuit of ATF’s unique law enforcement and regulatory mission,” Jones added. Jones was nominated by President Barack Obama for the position of ATF director on Jan. 24, 2013. On July 31, 2013, Jones became the first ATF director in history to receive Senate confirmation. As Director, Jones led the nearly 5,000 ATF employees whose responsibilities include enforcing firearms and explosives laws that protect communities from violent criminals and criminal organizations. Prior to becoming ATF’s permanent Director, Jones served as the acting ATF Director starting Aug. 31, 2011. While serving as the acting director of ATF, Jones was also the U. S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota, a post he held from Aug. 7, 2009, until his confirmation as ATF Director. ATF Deputy Director Thomas E. Brandon will serve as Acting Director after Jones departs. Brandon was appointed Deputy Director of ATF in October 2011. Brandon has more than 26 years of experience with ATF. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Director, Brandon served as the special agent in charge of the Phoenix field division beginning in March 2011, and special agent in charge of the Detroit field division from January 2008 until his assignment to Phoenix. A law enforcement professional, Brandon began his ATF career in 1989, with Detroit as his first office assignment. Rising through the ranks at ATF, he served in many management positions including the position of chief of ATF’s National Academy, in Glynco, Ga. His vast experience ranges from participating and leading firearms and explosives enforcement operations to supervising arson investigations. ATF is a unique law enforcement agency in the Department of Justice that protects our communities from violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson and bombings, acts of terrorism, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products. We partner with communities, industries, law enforcement, and public safety agencies to safeguard the public we serve through information sharing, training, research and use of technology.

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Comments (31)

  1. I’m with Representative Jim Sensenbrenner when he said he was going to draft a bill to eliminate the ATF. I think we should get rid of most of these rouge agencies who think they can write the laws as they need; AT the very least disarm them! There is no need for the FDA, IRS, USDA and the BLM to have any sort of weapons! If they think they need a weapon they can call The County Sheriff and only The Sheriff!

  2. The ATF are a bunch of unconstitutional henchmen attacking We the People to justify an existence that is unjustifiable. Look at the fast and furious… WTF was that? These guys are robbers just like the DEA. Fleecing American citizens. We are their “targets”. I for one would not miss them as they might as well be a branch of Obama’s SS just like the DHS, the NSA and the IRS. Good F=ing riddance B Todd.

  3. Boy, if you think it is bad now, just wait till the last days of the Obama administration, and god forbid, the ballbuster Hillary Clinton ends up in the office. She has total disregard for all people except for what she wants. She is probably one of the biggest reasons why Bill Clinton helped pushed through all of the Gun control laws. Just imagine how she would handle issues like this. We are all in trouble should she get elected!!!

  4. Talk about between a rock and a hard place. The Senate should prevent confirmation of any nominee to replace Jones as Director of the BATFE until after then next presidential election. If they do that, we’ll have to endure two years of Brandon serving as Acting Director. Our only hope is that a Congressional investigation will find both guilty of murder, obstruction of justice, and contempt of Congress or Congress will eliminate the BATFE (Obama will veto it).

  5. ” B. Todd Jones resignation is effective March 31, 2015. He said, “I will truly miss leading and working side-by-side with these men and women in their pursuit of ATF’s unique law enforcement and regulatory mission.” ”

    There is absolutely NO CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY FOR THE BATFKS TO EVEN EXIST – let alone to have any “unique law enforcement and regulatory mission”

    1. As a prior law enforcement person find it stupid to beieve atf is a need nor can we continue to lie that it’s effective. The game of purchasing a weapon via their unique law enforcement mission please i find them to be deralict of their duties and responsibilities.

      In short we can better use that money we waste on this sad experiment, in plsces like supporting our homeless veterans like myself

  6. It’s pretty apparent how much of a racist Obama is by simply looking at the people he has appointed to various positions. The people who Obama has appointed to positions in no way reflects the population of our country. In a way, Obama has become the Chief Executive Officer of Affirmative action. Prediction – The person who is now the acting head of the BATFE will not get the permanent position.
    Obama might as well just appoint himself head of BATFE that way he doesn’t have to keep looking for the right puppet who will do exactly what he wants.

    1. Everyone’s comments here are interesting and valid points, but something much larger than any of this is rapidly baring down on us. Right now our country is in the same situation that the Soviet Union was in just before it broke up. Our government is bankrupt and has been so for some time. You are about to see history’s most devastating economic collapse. I would prepare by having money in hand, not in the banks. Have a supply of food and water and means of protecting your family and your home.

    2. The economic collapse is most likely to happened very soon. The whole green tip ammo ban thing is tied into what’s predicted to happen with the economy. With a total economic collapse they don’t want armor piercing ammo in the hands of the public in a time of mass rioting, looting, and violence due to their own mismanagement of the national economy. Our national economy is kind of like the movie “Dumb and Dumber”. In the movie you have a couple of idiots in charge of this briefcase full of millions of dollars. They keep borrowing money from the briefcase and replacing the money with IOU notes. At the end of the movie the idiots have a briefcase full of worthless IOU notes. Same thing with our national economy. I can’t see how a government that taxes people 35% off of their paychecks and still can’t balance the books. I had the same problem understanding how an automobile manufacturer selling SUVs for $50,000 couldn’t balance the books. In both cases I would vote to let them fail.

    3. Well the belted earl has spoken.

      Where were you when all that was previously appointed to key positions were dumb fst white men

  7. Anybody familiar with LEOSA? Law Enforcement Officer’s Safety Act. A federal law passed in the days of President George Bush and amended twice under Obama. There appears to be no federal agency tasked with administering the law. Seems like the BATFE would be the natural choice. They thought the NRA (what?) would have the best handle on LEOSA. Seeing that the BATFE can’t handle law enforcement could they at least shuffle LEOSA paper?

    1. As I have been told, it is up to the various agency local offices and their firearms instructors whether they qualify once a year on the agency range they retired from or to find an NRA instructor who will work with them. I’m sure the NRA already has some sort of program for this, and if not then they should.

    2. Yes, under this act, being considered retired federal law enforcement, I am pursuing a license under LEOSA which is $150.00 and good in ALL fifty states. My former agency is at the forefront, but STILL dragging their feet and not making it easy on us retirees. The LEOSA has some really cumbersome prerequisites devised to make it somewhat difficult, but like anything else in this world, if it is worth having, the affected individual retiree will pursue it until the goal is met. If you already have a CHL, the “powers that be” should permit conversion to the LEOSA identification without restriction or issue. If your Government agency trusted a law enforcement representative to carry semi and fully automatic weapons for 10 years or more (20 years + in my own case) and have access to for official use, sensitive or sometimes even classified information, they should be able to continue that same level of trust until the individual clearly shows they can no longer be trusted. Unfortunately, it seems to be more about CONTROL and LIABILITY rather than trust and acceptance in the individual law enforcement retiree. LEOSA started out as great idea and turned in to a Government boon doggle program as anyone of us might have anticipated. Good luck to other law enforcement retirees, federal or otherwise, who seek to gain acceptance via LEOSA. Once you retire, in many instances, you become an antequated second class citizen within the ranks like a .38 Special in a world of Glock semi automatics.

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