Yesterday, the office of Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL) released this:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASERep. Jackson Congratulates Chicago’s Andrew Tarver on Nomination to Head Federal
Congressman Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. issued the following statement on the nomination of Mr. Andrew Traver, Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATFE), to be the Bureau’s national director:
“I’m very pleased that Mr. Andrew Traver has been nominated to be Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives at the Department of Justice. I have worked with Mr. Traver over the years and he has served the Chicago Field Division of the ATFE with great distinction. In addition, Mr. Traver has served in key ATFE roles at national headquarters in Washington, DC, and in the San Francisco, New Orleans and Philadelphia Field Divisions. I’ve seen his outstanding work firsthand, and know he will bring extraordinary experience, energy and expertise as Director. I am hopeful that the Senate will confirm Mr. Traver’s nomination tothis vital post as soon as possible.”
In terms of gun control support, Jackson was a co-sponsor of HR 1312 -Assault Weapons Ban and Law Enforcement Protection Act of 2005. This bill was Rep. Carolyn McCarthy’s effort to reinstate the Clinton assault weapons (sic) ban which had expired in 2004. This bill died in committee.