-- Acting BATFE Chief shows himself to be as anti-gun as Ted Kennedy

Gun Owners of America's Executive Director, Larry Pratt, today blasted BATFE nominee Michael Sullivan as "unfit for office" -- characterizing him as being "as anti-gun as Ted Kennedy."

In a series of answers to interrogatories submitted by Louisiana Republican Senator David Vitter, Sullivan revealed that:

    * He would not rescind BATFE's policy of revoking federal licenses for simple paperwork violations not involving "criminal intent;"

    * He would not back down on BATFE's illegal and abusive policies of harassing gun show attendees;

    * He supports anti-gun legislation by New York Democrat Chuck Schumer, but opposes pro-gun legislation dealing with interstate transfers sponsored by conservative Republicans;

    * He defends revoking a license of a dealer with a 99.96% accuracy rate -- a rate which is far better than BATFE's.

In fact, in dozens of responses to questions posed by Vitter, Sullivan refused to even feign a conciliatory tone.

"I didn’t expect pro-gun conservatism from Sullivan," said Pratt. "But you would have thought he would have been less obvious in his efforts to repeatedly poke Vitter in the eye."

GOA commended Vitter's intention to continue to "hold" Sullivan's nomination. "If Republicans expect the Second Amendment community to support their presidential candidate in November," said Pratt, "they may want to reconsider packing a GOP administration with anti-gun zealots."

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