B. Todd Jones: From ATF to NFL


We told ya. B. Todd Jones is leaving his post as ATF Director to work for the National Football League. According to a story in the New York Post today, Mr. Jones will be placed in charge of the NFL’s personal conduct policy. It’s definitely a pay upgrade for him, too. The report says Jones will receive a salary worth “several million a year.”

To put it into football terms, you could say Jones’ NFL (Not for Long) status with the ATF came directly on the spiked heels of the proposed M855 ammo ban which ran over him in true “Beast Mode.” Thousands and thousands of Second Amendment defending Americans stood up to the ATF. They came together. They showed themselves as tough to tackle on the issue as a nationwide army of Marshawn Lynch-like gunners who will fight for their Constitutional Rights.

Less than two weeks ago, Jones was forced to wipe green tip egg off his face. He publicly announced the ATF was going to temporarily shelve its proposed ban on M855 green tip ammunition.

The push back against the Obama Administration’s unconstitutional efforts to reclassify the ammo as “armor-piercing” was simply too much. A slew of complaints and vows to fight were fired in the direction of Jones and the ATF. They came from citizens. They came from members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. They came from Republicans. They came from Democrats.

Just last Friday, B. Todd Jones resigned as head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATPE) effective March 31, 2015. The 57-year old U.S. Marine and former Assistant U.S. Attorney was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in the summer of 2013. He was handpicked for the job by President Barack Obama back in 2011.

What’s interesting about the N.Y. Post piece is the quotes the article contained. They were attributed to an unidentified source with insider knowledge of the situation. The source claimed the ATF job was really wearing on Jones. The source stated, “He was getting cranky. I think he was over it.”

The unidentified source in the article also told the Post the NFL had been wanting to draft Jones for a while. The deal with him recently heated up quickly. Jones’ new position will include “determining the length of suspensions and handing out fines” for violations against NFL policy.

A piece of advice to B. Todd Jones. The ATF didn’t get as much public backlash as it should have from the unjustified and fruitless raiding of the AWC business one year ago. Raiding the homes of NFL players, coaches, and executives? That probably won’t go so well for ya.


ATF Director B. Todd Jones Resigns


Timing is everything, again today. It doesn’t matter B. Todd Jones announcing he is resigning as ATF Director gives less than two weeks notice. What’s relevant is it comes less than two weeks after publicly holstering the proposed ban of M855 ammunition by re-classifying it as “armor-piercing ammunition.”

Jones barely had enough time to wipe the green-tip egg off his face from the botched ammo ban. Now, he is leaving to pursue opportunities in the private sector as of March 31, 2015. It is rumored he might be leaving the games in the White House for a high-powered gig with the NFL.

We can thank Mr. Jones for joining the U.S. Marine Corps after he graduated from law school. He served as an infantry officer with the 1st Marine Division. In 1989, he left active duty, and spent years as an assistant U.S. Attorney.

Unfortunately, we don’t have much to thank Mr. Jones for regarding his time at the helm as ATF Director.

President Obama appointed Jones as his nominee for the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) on January 24, 2013. You may recall it was in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre and the ATF’s Fast and Furious scandal.

On July 31, 2013, B. Todd Jones received Senate confirmation for the post. The rare Obama victory was perhaps some sort of a Washington compromise. The president’s attempted gun grabs (and now assaults on ammo) all get shot down in Congress.

Under the tenure of B. Todd Jones, the ATF seemed to have a carry and conceal permit for Obama’s assault on the Second Amendment.

One year ago, the ATF raided AWC, storming into Southern California like it was Baghdad or Kabul. It wasn’t Kabul, just plain bull.

The agency also came under renewed fire for its tactics. Jones and the ATF were hit with bipartisan blistering for a wide variety of mistakes and failures in undercover sting operations. C’mon now.

  • Could anyone really think using people with mental disabilities in ATF operations was a safe or good idea?
  • So, it’s okay for the ATF to put guns into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. But, it’s not okay for law-abiding American citizens to bear arms and have the ammunition they want? That’s how we roll?

The proposed M855 ammo ban turned out to be the last round for Jones. This generated even more harsh criticism and outrage from both sides of the U.S. House of Representatives, and the U.S. Senate. Plus, it drew tens of thousands of written objections from American citizens.

The ABCs of B. Todd Jones Resignation

It seems obvious given the extensive background Mr. Jones has with the law, he had to know the proposed ammunition ban was doomed. After all, it is unconstitutional.

Former ATF agent and world-recognized firearms expert, Daniel O’Kelly recently told AWC the ATF was too overwhelmed to choose on its own to promote initiatives like the ammo ban. All we have right now is more questions without answers, such as:

  • Did B. Todd Jones finally say NO to being the president’s “Yes man?”
  • Did President Obama want Jones out in less than 2 years of his officially leading the ATF?

Before you go celebrating another victory for gun rights over the ATF, and the president, ask yourself these questions:

  • What’s better for believers and supporters of the Second Amendment…is it the Devil You Know, or the One You Don’t? Isn’t it likely the president is going to insist on someone who will be able to finish the assault he started on the Second Amendment?

The ultimate power is back in the hands of the U.S. Senate. It took from 2006 until 2011 to confirm a permanent ATF Director. Republican senators still have the majority of weapons today.

So, who’s next?


When B. Todd Jones leaves, the new acting ATF Director will be Thomas E. Brandon. He was appointed Deputy Director of the ATF in 2011. Overall, he’s got more than a quarter of a century of service with the ATF. Most recently, Brandon has been the special agent in charge of the field division in Phoenix, Arizona.

Once again, here we go taking the high road. We can thank Mr. Brandon for serving in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1978 to 1982. Let’s hope we can have something to thank him for while at the top of the ATF.


Congressional Letter on ATF Framework

congress-letter-atf-frameworkIs Your Elected Member of Congress with YOU? Did your Elected Member with or against the “ATF Framework?”

On March 4, 2015, a total of 238 members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed their name to a letter to BATFE Director, B. Todd Jones. By doing so, they announced they stand firmly against the proposed “ATF Framework” for the bureau’s proposed ban on M855 ammunition. There is no good reason for re-classifying the popular ammo by suddenly trying to call it “armor-piercing ammunition.” By definition, M855 ammunition clearly is not.

AWC has assembled the list of Congressional members who signed the letter publicly stating their intention to fight the ATF and President Obama on the ammo ban. Take a look. Did your elected official elect to do as you want on the issue of the ATF Framework?

Letter Writers:

  1. Bob Goldlatte, Chairman, Committee on the Judiciary. (Republican) Virginia 6th District.
  2. F. James Sensenbrenner, Chairman, Subcmte. on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations. Republican. Wisconsin 5th District.

Additional House Member Signatures opposing the ATF Framework:

  1. Paul Gosar. Republican. Arizona 4th District.
  2. Dan Benishek, M.D. Republican. Michigan 1st District.
  3. Ted Yoho. Republican. Florida 3rd District.
  4. Randy Weber. Republican. Texas 14th District.
  5. Scott DesJarlais. Republican. Tennessee 4th District.
  6. Tom Marino. Republican. Pennsylvania 10th District.
  7. Phil Roe, M.D. Republican. Tennessee 1st District.
  8. David McKinley, P.E. Republican. West Virginia 1st District.
  9. Ken Buck. Republican. Colorado 4th District.
  10. Ralph Abraham. Republican. Louisiana 5th District.
  11. Scott Rigell. Republican. Virginia 2nd District.
  12. Joseph R. Pitts. Republican. Pennsylvania 16th District.
  13. Jackie Walorski. Republican. Indiana 2nd District.
  14. Bruce Poliquin. Republican. Maine 2nd District.
  15. Mike Bishop. Republican. Michigan 8th District.
  16. Richard Hudson. Republiccan. North Carolina 8th District.
  17. Mark Amodei. Republican. Nevada 2nd District.
  18. Bob Gibbs. Republican. Ohio 7th District.
  19. Frank Guinta. Republican. New Hampshire 1st District.
  20. John Ratcliffe. Republican. Texas 4th District.
  21. Richard Hanna. Republican. New York 22nd District.
  22. Doug LaMalfa. Republican. California 1st District.
  23. Candice Miller. Repblican. Michigan 10th District.
  24. Mike Rogers. Republican. Alabama 3rd District.
  25. Will Hurd. Republican. Texas 23rd District.
  26. Thomas Massie. Republican. Kentucky 4th District.
  27. Garret Graves. Republican. Louisiana 6th District.
  28. Chuck Fleischmann. Republican. Tennessee 3rd District.
  29. Bradley Byrne. Republican. Alabama 1st District.
  30. John Moolenaar. Republican. Michigan 4th District.
  31. Jeff Duncan. Republican. Tennessee 2nd District.
  32. Tim Walz. Democrat. Minnesota 1st District.
  33. Mia Love. Republican. Utah 4th District.
  34. Jeff Denham. Republican. California 10th District.
  35. Chris Gibson. Republican. New York 19th District.
  36. Rodney Davis. Republican. Illinois 13th District.
  37. Brian Babin. Republican. Texas 36th District.
  38. Ron DeSantis. Republican. Florida 6th District.
  39. Scott Tipton. Republican. Colorado 3rd District.
  40. Ryan Zinke. Republican. Montana At-Large.
  41. Tom Price, M.D. Republican. Georgia 6th District.
  42. Blake Farenthold. Republican. Texas 27th District.
  43. Bill Posey. Republican. Florida 8th District.
  44. Mark Meadows. Republican. North Carolina 11th District.
  45. Bill Flores. Republican. Texas 17th District.
  46. Rick Crawford. Republican. Arkansas 1st District.
  47. Bill Johnson. Republican. Ohio 6th District.
  48. Dan Newhouse. Republican. Washington 4th District.
  49. Ron Kind. Democrat. Wisconsin 3rd District.
  50. Doug Collins. Republican. Georgia 9th District.
  51. Jeff Fortenberry. Republican. Nebraska 1st District.
  52. Mike Kelly. Republican. Pennsylvania 3rd District.
  53. Jim Jordan. Republican. Ohio 4th District.
  54. Andy Harris, M.D. Republican. Maryland 1st District.
  55. Mike Bost. Republican. Illinois 12th District.
  56. Randy Neugebauer. Republican. Texas 19th District.
  57. Bill Huizenga. Republican. Michigan 2nd District.
  58. Renee Ellmers. Republican. North Carolina 2nd District.
  59. Scott Perry. Republican. Pennsylvania 4th District.
  60. Patrick Tiberi. Republican. Ohio 12th District.
  61. Alex Mooney. Republican. West Virginia 2nd District.
  62. French Hill. Republican. Arkansas 2nd District.
  63. Mo Brooks. Republican. Alabama 5th District.
  64. Roger Williams. Republican. Texas 25th District.
  65. Diane Black. Republican. Tennessee 6th District.
  66. Jason Smith. Republican. Missouri 8th District.
  67. Markwayne Mullin. Republican. Oklahoma 2nd District.
  68. Tim Huelskamp. Republican. Kansas 1st District.
  69. Morgan Griffith. Republican. Virginia 9th District.
  70. Rob Bishop. Republican. Utah 1st District.
  71. Glenn “G.T.” Thompson, Jr. Republican. Pennsylvania 5th District.
  72. Robert Hurt. Republican. Virginia 5th District.
  73. Joe Heck, Jr. Republican. Nevada 3rd District.
  74. Kevin Yoder. Republican. Kansas 3rd District.
  75. Jim Bridenstine. Republican. Oklahoma 1st District.
  76. Robert Pittenger. Republican. North Carolina 9th District.
  77. Barry Loudermilk. Republican. Georgia 11th District.
  78. Kevin Brady. Republican. Texas 8th District.
  79. Gregg Harper. Republican. Mississippi 3rd District.
  80. Jeff Miller. Republican. Florida 1st District.
  81. Dave Brat. Republican. Virginia 7th District.
  82. David Schweikert. Republican. Arizona 6th District.
  83. David Rouzer. Republican. North Carolina 7th District.
  84. Cresent Hardy. Republican. Nevada 4th District.
  85. Larry Bucshon. Republican. Indiana 8th District.
  86. Mike Pompeo. Republican. Kansas 4th District.
  87. Tom Emmer. Republican. Minnesota 6th District.
  88. Rick Allen. Republican. Georgia 12th District.
  89. David Valadao. Republican. California 21st District.
  90. Devin Nunes. Republican. California 22nd District.
  91. Steve Stivers. Republican. Ohio 15th District.
  92. Daniel Webster. Republican. Florida 10th District.
  93. Chris Collins. Republican. New York 27th District.
  94. Jaime Herrera Beutler. Republican. Washington 3rd District.
  95. Pete Olson. Republican. Texas 22nd District.
  96. J. Randy Forbes. Republican. Virginia 4th District.
  97. Paul Cook. Republican. California 8th District.
  98. Duncan Hunter. Republican. California 50th District.
  99. Mike Conaway. Republican. Texas 11th District.
  100. Steve Pearce. Republican. New Mexico 2nd District.
  101. Tim Walberg. Republican. Michigan 7th District.
  102. John Kline. Republican. Minnesota 2nd District.
  103. Blaine Luetkemeyer. Republican. Missouri 3rd District.
  104. Robert Latta. Republican. Ohio 5th District.
  105. Stephen Fincher. Republican. Tennessee 8th District.
  106. Rob Wittman. Republican. Virginia 1st District.
  107. Tom Cole. Republican. Oklahoma 4th District.
  108. Gene Green. Democrat. Texas 29th District.
  109. Doug Lamborn. Republican. Colorado 5th District.
  110. Ted Poe. Republican. Texas 2nd District.
  111. Lamar Smith. Republican. Texas 21st District.
  112. Austin Scott. Republican. Georgia 8th District.
  113. Mike Simpson. Republican. Idaho 2nd District.
  114. Marlin Stutzman. Republican. Indiana 3rd District.
  115. Kristi Noem. Republican. South Dakota At-Large.
  116. Tom Graves, Jr. Republican. Georgia 14th District.
  117. Kenny Marchant. Republican. Texas 24th District.
  118. Don Young. Republican. Alaska At-Large.
  119. Dana Rohrabacher. Republican. California 48th District.
  120. John Culberson. Republican. Texas 7th District.
  121. Steve Chabot. Republican. Ohio 1st District.
  122. Leonard Lance. Republican. New Jersey 7th District.
  123. Michael Burgess. Republican. Texas 26th District.
  124. Ed Whitfield. Republican. Kentucky 1st District.
  125. Collin Peterson. Democrat. Minnesota 7th District.
  126. Steve King. Republican. Iowa 4th District.
  127. John Shimkus. Republican. Illinois 15th District.
  128. Joe Wilson. Republican. South Carolina 2nd District.
  129. Adrian Smith. Republican. Nebraska 3rd District.
  130. Darrell Issa. Republican. California 49th District.
  131. Bill Shuster. Republican. Pennsylvania 9th District.
  132. Marsha Blackburn. Republican. Tennessee 7th District.
  133. Tim Murphy. Republican. Pennsylvania 18th District.
  134. Tom McClintock. Republican. California 4th District.
  135. John Carter. Republican. Texas 31st District.
  136. Lynn Westmoreland. Republican. Georgia 3rd District.
  137. Mac Thornberry. Republican. Texas 13th District.
  138. Charles Dent. Republican. Pennsylvania 15th District.
  139. Jeb Hensarling. Republican. Texas 5th District.
  140. Pete Sessions. Republican. Texas 32nd District.
  141. Vern Buchanan. Republican. Florida 16th District.
  142. Mark Sanford. Republican. South Carolina 1st District.
  143. Peter Roskam. Republican. Illinois 6th District.
  144. Louis Gohmert. Republican. Texas 1st District.
  145. Vicky Hartzler. Republican. Missouri 4th District.
  146. John Duncan. Republican. Tennessee 2nd District.
  147. Matt Salmon. Republican. Arizona 5th District.
  148. Virginia Foxx. Republican. North Carolina 5th District.
  149. John Fleming, Jr. Republican. Louisiana 4th District.
  150. Joe Barton. Republican. Texas 6th District.
  151. Henry Cuellar. Democrat. Texas 28th District.
  152. Patrick McHenry. Republican. North Carolina 10th District.
  153. Walter Jones. Republican. North Carolina 3rd District.
  154. Frank LoBiondo. Republican. New Jersey 2nd District.
  155. Tom Reed. Republican. New York 23rd District.
  156. Randy Hultgren. Republican. Illinois 14th District.
  157. Ed Royce. Republican. California 39th District.
  158. Sam Johnson. Republican. Texas 3rd District.
  159. Tom Rooney. Republican. Florida District.
  160. Ander Crenshaw. Republican. Florida 4th District.
  161. Ken Calvert. Republican. California 42nd District.
  162. Jason Chaffetz. Republican. Utah 3rd District.
  163. Mike Turner. Republican. Ohio 10th District.
  164. Steve Scalise. Republican. Louisiana 1st District.
  165. Cynthia Lummis. Republican. Wyoming At-Large.
  166. Brett Guthrie. Republican. Kentucky 2nd District.
  167. Mike Coffman. Republican. Colorado 6th District.
  168. Aaron Schock. Republican. Illinois 18th District.
  169. Glenn Grothman. Republican. Wisconsin 6th District.
  170. Evan Jenkins. Republican. West Virginia 3rd District.
  171. George Holding. Republican. North Carolina 13th District.
  172. Luke Messer. Republican. Indiana 6th District.
  173. David Young. Republican. Iowa 3rd District.
  174. Mario Diaz-Balart. Republican. Florida 25th District.
  175. Ryan Costello. Republican. Pennsylvania 6th District.
  176. Earl L. “Buddy” Carter. Republican. Georgia 1st District.
  177. Ann Wagner. Republican. Missouri 2nd District.
  178. Patrick Meehan. Republican. Pennsylvania 7th District.
  179. Martha Roby. Republican. Alabama 2nd District.
  180. Jim Renacci. Republican. Ohio 16th District.
  181. Steven Palazzo. Republican. Mississippi 4th District.
  182. Chris Stewart. Republican. Utah 2nd District.
  183. Mark Walker. Republican. North Carolina 6th District.
  184. Ann Kirkpatrick. Democrat. Arizona 1st District.
  185. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Republican. Washington 5th District.
  186. Rod Blum. Republican. Iowa 1st District.
  187. Tom Rice. Republican. South Carolina 7th District.
  188. Barbara Comstock. Republican. Virginia 10th District.
  189. Curt Clawson. Republican. Florida 19th District.
  190. Dennis Ross. Republican. Florida 15th District.
  191. Robert Aderholt. Republican. Alabama 4th District.
  192. Mimi Walters. Republican. California 45th District.
  193. Mike McCaul. Republican. Texas 10th District.
  194. Steve Russell. Republican. Oklahoma 5th District.
  195. Lou Barletta. Republican. Pennsylvania 11th District
  196. Steve Knight. Republican. California 25th District.
  197. Martha McSally. Republican. Arizona 2nd District.
  198. Steve Womack. Republican. Arkansas 3rd District.
  199. David Joyce. Republican. Ohio 14th District.
  200. Adam Kinzinger. Republican. Illinois 16th District.
  201. Keith Rothfus. Republican. Pennsylvania 12th District.
  202. Charles Boustany. Republican. Louisiana 3rd District.
  203. Trey Gowdy. Republican. South Carolina 4th District.
  204. Susan Brooks. Republican. Indiana 5th District.
  205. Bruce Westerman. Republican. Arkansas 4th District.
  206. Erik Paulsen. Republican. Minnesota 3rd District.
  207. Justin Amash. Republican. Michigan 3rd District.
  208. Kay Granger. Republican. Texas 12th District.
  209. Todd Young. Republican. Indiana 9th District.
  210. John Katko. Republican. New York 24th District.
  211. Paul Ryan. Republican. Wisconsin 1st District.
  212. Sean Duffy. Republican. Wisconsin 7th District.
  213. Brad Wenstrup. Republican. Ohio 2nd District.
  214. Andy Barr. Republican. Kentucky 6th District.
  215. Sam Graves. Republican. Missouri 6th District.
  216. Dave Reichert. Republican. Washington 8th District.
  217. Kevin McCarthy. Republican. California 23rd District.
  218. Mick Mulvaney. Republican. South Carolina 5th District.
  219. Frank Lucas. Republican. Oklahoma 3rd District.
  220. Hal Rogers. Republican. Kentucky 5th District.
  221. Sanford Bishop, Jr. Democrat. Georgia 2nd District.
  222. Trent Franks. Republican. Arizona 8th District.
  223. Greg Walden. Republican. Oregon 2nd District.
  224. Fred Upton. Republican. Michigan 6th District.
  225. Kevin Cramer. Republican. North Dakota At-Large.
  226. Reid Ribble. Republican. Wisconsin 8th District.
  227. Jody Hice. Republican. Georgia 10th District.
  228. Raul Labrador. Republican. Idaho 1st District.
  229. Lynn Jenkins. Republican. Kansas 2nd District.
  230. Billy Long. Republican. Missouri 7th District.
  231. Dave Trott. Republican. Michigan 11th District.
  232. Rob Woodall. Republican. Georgia 7th District.
  233. Richard Nugent. Republican. Florida 11th District.
  234. David Jolly. Republican. Florida. 13th District.
  235. Todd Rokita. Republican. Indiana 4th District.
  236. John Mica. Republican. Florida 7th District.

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