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The Obama administration is in talks this week with the man who could replace the current head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), a man gun-rights groups have railed against as being hostile to their cause.
Andrew Traver was nominated in November by President Barack Obama to become ATF director, but the National Rifle Association has stalled his appointment, citing his anti-gun rights stance.
Traver, originally from Naperville, Ill., is a favorite of the gun-control lobby, which holds the ATF has not controlled the United States' $28 billion firearms business since it lost a formal head in 2006. It has struggled with interim directors since.
But the fact that Traver heads the ATF office in Chicago, a city without gun shops, does not sit well with the NRA and other gun-rights groups, The Christian Science Monitor reports.
They say Traver is involved with the pro-gun control International Association of Chiefs of Police and he was an adviser to an antigun-violence conference that Chicago Mayor Richard Daley attended.