The United States Senate has confirmed President Biden’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) nominee, Steven Dettelbach.

The chamber advanced Dettelbach’s nomination earlier today, despite several Democrats being absent from voting. Republicans Rob Portman of Ohio and Susan Collins of Maine sided with Democrats on that vote.

Portman and Collins joined Senate Democrats this afternoon to make Dettelbach the first confirmed ATF director in seven years.

During his confirmation hearings earlier this year, Dettelbach pledged to only work within a scope set by Congress.

Since those hearings, Congress passed radical anti-gun legislation, which was signed into law by President Biden last month.

The recently passed legislation greatly expands the ATF’s scope of influence, something that Dettelbach will undoubtedly take advantage of. The legislation requires more gun sellers to register as federally licensed firearms dealers and also expands background checks, specifically on would-be purchasers between the age of 18 and 21.

The ATF is the government body that issues Federal Firearms Licenses, giving Dettelbach oversight of this process.

This article originally appeared in American Liberty News. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the positions of The Republican Standard. Republished with permission.