In prepared remarks, Holder tells the Senate Judiciary Committee that Congress should eliminate what he called misguided restrictions requiring federal agents to allow older weapons to be imported into the United States.
The attorney general also urged senators to confirm a new director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The agency has been without a Senate-confirmed leader for six years. ATF has been mired in a long-running controversy stemming from a botched gun smuggling investigation in Arizona. ATF agents lost track of about 1,400 of more than 2,000 illicitly acquired weapons in the operation.