ATF Director Todd Jones says agency inhibited by fear mongering over a national gun registry

BY News Desk  November 14, 2013 at 5:37 PM EST

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Director B. Todd Jones said Thursday that the agency is committed to its core aim: regulating the legal commerce of firearms and working to enforce the Gun Control Act. But, he admits, the ATF is hindered by what he calls a “fear factor,” or outside pressure that the organization would overstep and create anything resembling a national gun registry.

The newly installed director sat down with PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff Thursday to talk about the agency’s priorities and challenges. The full interview will air on the PBS NewsHour and will be published online.