April 27, 2009

Attorney General Eric Holder Names New Leadership for ATF

WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Eric Holder today announced that he will appoint Kenneth E. Melson to serve as acting head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives enforces federal criminal laws and regulations in the firearms and explosives industries. Since 2007, Melson has been the Director of the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys. Previous to that, he was the First Assistant for the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. From 1991 to 2001, Melson served as Acting and Interim U.S. Attorney of that office during various periods of time. He began his career as a federal prosecutor in the Eastern District of Virginia in 1983 where he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney until he became First Assistant in 1986.

Melson is a past President and Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and currently participates on behalf of the Department on the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board. He has been an adjunct professor at George Washington University for almost 30 years teaching both law and forensic science courses.

Melson received his B.A. from Denison University in 1970 and his J.D. from George Washington University in 1973.

Kenneth E. Melson

Kenneth E. Melson has been named acting head of the BATF.

"As the head of ATF, I am looking forward to using my management and prosecutorial experience, as well as my knowledge of crime labs and forensic science to combat violent crime," said Melson.

Comments (17)

Sharps comment about Soros not being American and funding the antigunners...brings to mind the old story about the reason we haven't been attacked by a foreign entity is that we have guns and are armed. That is considered by most antigunners as a scare tatic when in fact it is a reality. The media does not believe it to be so either and so it goes....we have to fight now because the winds of change are not blowing in our favor at this moment with all the "new" folks in the government at this point.

Posted by: Cowchip | May 4, 2009 9:32 AM    Report this comment

Perhaps it's just a simple case. The government believes we have too many personal freedoms and we believe they are being taken away.I for one do not take ANY freedoms for granted and know the pain and struggling that occured to protect them.The struggle is NOT over my friends. Semper Fi

Posted by: Sharps | May 4, 2009 9:00 AM    Report this comment

Col. Novack hit the nail on the head. The problem I see is that the mainstream media makes anyone who is pro second amendment into a extremist gun nut and unfortunately that is what the general public sees. Look at what the liberal media did to Gov. Palin, not only did they set out to destroy her they still won't stop and the election is over. Why? Because they know she would be a threat. I believe in what Lee W said also, take a newbie out to shoot for the first time. That will get the message spread. FYI, a lot of the funding for the anti-gun movement comes from George Soros who is not even an American.

Posted by: Robert J | May 1, 2009 7:25 AM    Report this comment

A retired citizen was in my office and asked me if I was an Obama supporter. I pointed to the U.S. Marine stickers and the lifetime NRA badging on my desk and said politely"NO".But I am a staunch supporter of the type of gun control that allows me to hit what I am aiming at. With friends in the BATF, I can say without reserve that Gaviota has things in perspective and the BATF will get ever larger and feed us a little more "Pelosi" every day.We can lobby our butts off but will need to actually ELECT a President with balls to get anything done for the second amendment.Obama's minions like Holder and Emanuel will only make things worse for our cause.We keep hearing that over 81 million folks own guns, so where did their vote actually go last November? Why do we put up with the Brady Bunch?.

Posted by: Sharps | April 30, 2009 11:29 PM    Report this comment

Progun messages are good. Gun magazines, gun blogs, gun forums, gun TV, all good.

But best of all is taking a newbie out to shoot for the first time.

Posted by: Lee W | April 30, 2009 8:11 PM    Report this comment

All of the contributors to this forum usually provide some good, solid, rational arguments and information. We are fortunate to have this forum. However, we do have the incumbent responsibility to share our views, our facts, and our concerns with folks who are not regularly a part of this forum. It's great that we come together to "preach to the choir", but having said that.....each one of us has a deeper responsibility to spread our message to the uninformed. There is a vast audience out there who have no strong feelings concerning firearms. Unfortunately, they hear more that is negative, because the liberal anti-Second Amendment types are the most verbal with the liberal media ever so accommodating to spread the anti-Second Amendment message. We, as pro-gunners need to get our message out to the masses. The gun rights organizations do a creditable job of trying to get our message out, but it is we who can.....and should.....be working at the grass roots level to spread the pro-gun message. I routinely write conservative political blogs and pro-Second Amendment articles which I send out to as many Internet and e-mail contacts as I can. If each of us did this, our message would get much broader dissemination than it now does, and our ranks would swell to formidable numbers that could really influence our political processes.

Posted by: canovack | April 30, 2009 4:39 PM    Report this comment

to cowchip the answer to the problem is right educate, belong to all the 2nd amendment groups you can and vote for those that beleive in our rights

Posted by: bear1 | April 30, 2009 2:35 PM    Report this comment

Perhaps with his hands on analytical knowledge, he will be able to tell the liberal eliteist to STUFF IT with their laws based on "it feels good", "has no basis in fact" and, junk science

Posted by: lotoofla | April 30, 2009 2:30 PM    Report this comment

Then the monkey is on our backs and we should "educate" the general public to the problem...otherwise it will keep happening. Am I right?

Posted by: Cowchip | April 30, 2009 1:19 PM    Report this comment

canovack you hit the nail right on the head, thank you and to answer cowchip, the people getting voted in are getting money from out side the US from Dictators and the NWO to keep the people dinking the cool aid.

Posted by: bear1 | April 30, 2009 1:16 PM    Report this comment

In response to cowchips question. because money talks and well pardon the pun cowchip walks. if you have the money or if you promise those with the moeny that they will keep it if they support you then you get elected.

Posted by: pa-cman | April 30, 2009 1:15 PM    Report this comment

Then we should use our power of the vote to stop putting people like that in high places. If so many are against them....then why do the keep on getting elected.

Posted by: Cowchip | April 30, 2009 12:29 PM    Report this comment

BATFE was born the BATF as a result of the Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA68), which many of us vehemently lobbied against during the Congressional hearings of that legislation in 1967. Since its birth, BATFE has done nothing to enhance public safety or enforcement of existing laws with regard to firearms. The fact of the matter is, that when BATFE gets involved in some "hot button" cases, they have usually screwed up.....Consider the Branch Davidian debacle near Waco, Texas and the total mess at Ruby Ridge, Idaho. But.....like all things that are spawned by bad legislation, the BATFE just isn't going to die. We can count on it, that with Obama and Holder getting into the act, BATFE will expand, right along with all of the other ineffective bureaucracies of the Federal government.

Posted by: canovack | April 30, 2009 12:24 PM    Report this comment

F Troop seems to be where Federal cop wanabees go for a job when no one else will take them.

Posted by: Tom C | April 30, 2009 10:24 AM    Report this comment

Because of this guys experience in forensic science, I bet he was brought aboard to push the ammunition micro-stamping.

Posted by: Robert J | April 30, 2009 9:19 AM    Report this comment

Sad...that they have let it slip to this level. Common sense seems to have NO place in government these days.

Posted by: Cowchip | April 30, 2009 9:14 AM    Report this comment

I doubt that this will help. In recent years, the BATFeces have had huge systemic and endemic problems with corruption, racism, cronyism, misfeasance, malfeasance, and downright incompetence that this new "acting" director won't be able to fix unless he instantly fires outright about 600 people.

For example:

David Olafson in jail for a malfunctioning AR-15.
Wayne Fincher in jail for non-payment of tax on machine guns.
Failure to set standards for technical branch investigations, resulting in totally arbitrary, and often contradictory rulings.
Good Ol' Boy racist parties out in the NC woods.
Vindictive prosecutions of people who protest their arbitrary and contradictory rulings: See Len Savage and Red's Trading Post.
Thousands of firearms and laptop computers lost, with no follow-up.
Attempt to classify model rocket propellant as "explosive," with absolutely no technical evidence, a ruling vacated by court which criticized agency for arbitrariness of rulings.
Ruby Ridge.
Carl Truscott's awe-inspiring incompetence and fiscal mismanagement.
Literally thousands of gun dealers put out of business for minor clerical errors.

This agency should have been abolished years ago.

Posted by: Gaviota | April 29, 2009 6:12 PM    Report this comment

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