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Jan 17, 2013 3:53 PM by AP posted by Juice Godfrey

Obama dropping original ATF nominee from Denver

DENVER (AP) - President Barack Obama is dropping his original nominee to head the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

In announcing his gun control proposals on Wednesday, Obama said he intends to nominate the U.S. Attorney for Minnesota, Todd Jones, to lead the ATF.

Obama nominated the current agent in charge of the agency's field division, Andrew Traver, for the job in November 2010 but The Denver Post reports that his Senate confirmation never took place.

National Rifle Association officials oppose Traver, whom they believe is connected to gun-control advocates.

The agency hasn't had a permanent director since 2006.

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