Former U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt of Goddard has been back in the news as part of the debate about gun control. The New York Times and other media have reported how members of Congress are skilled at placing restrictions on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The so-called Tiahrt amendment, first championed by Tiahrt, limits how the ATF can share gun-tracing information. When he was in Congress, Tiahrt regularly had to defend the amendment against complaints from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others. The politically difficult process of Senate confirmation also has resulted in the ATF being without a permanent director for six years.
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