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President Barack Obama nominated Minnesota U.S Attorney B. Todd Jones to the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).

Jones has served as the ATF’s interim director since 2011 while continuing to serve as the U.S attorney for Minnesota.

The former acting director of the ATF, Kenneth Melson, resigned in August 2011 amid controversy over a U.S. gun-trafficking sting otherwise known as “Fast and Furious”.

Jones’ nomination must be approved by the U.S. Senate before he can officially become the Director of ATF. People believe President Obama nominated Jones to strengthen his case for gun control.

He is Marine Corps veteran who was deployed in the Gulf War which gives him experience with firearms.

Jones received his undergraduate degree from Macalester College in 1979 and his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1983.

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