The Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy              

July 2022

The Consortium for Risked-Based Firearm Policy



This past July, Steven Dettelbach was sworn in as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. He became only the second Senate-confirmed ATF director since 2006, when Senate confirmation first became a requirement. Nominations for the position have proven difficult to gain Senate approval, leaving the ATF without a permanent director for seven years.


Dettelbach’s confirmation gives the ATF an opportunity to prioritize its work to reduce gun trafficking and the proliferation of ghost guns. It also places him in a unique position to help implement the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act and to enforce other critical measures to prevent gun violence.



  • Everytown’s report, The Economic Cost of Gun Violence.
  • The Network’s report, Measuring Safety: Gender-Based Violence in Illinois.
  • Texas House Committee report on the Robb Elementary Shooting in Uvalde, Texas.



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Gause EL, Conrick K, Moore M, Rowhani-Rahbar A, & Rivara FP. (2022). Survey of Washington clinicians’ willingness to use and preferences related to extreme risk protection orders. Preventive Medicine Reports.


Jewett PI, Gangnon RE, Borowsky IW, Peterson J, Areba EM, Kiragu A, & Densley J. (2022). US Mass public shootings since Columbine: Victims per incident by race and ethnicity of the perpetrator. Preventive Medicine.


Kaplan MS, C Mueller-Williams A, Goldman-Mellor S, & Sakai-Bizmark R. (2022). Changing trends in suicide mortality and firearm involvement among black young adults in the United States, 1999-2019. Archives of Suicide Research: Official Journal of the International Academy for Suicide Research.


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Thomas AC, Wintemute G, Nathens AB, Subacius H, Stey AM, Bilimoria KY, & Campbell BT. (2022). The association between gun shows and firearm injuries: An analysis of 259 gun shows across 23 US cities. Preventive Medicine.


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