Operation Fast and Furious

ATF Director Jones resigns, setting stage for White House battle with NRA

B. Todd Jones announced Friday that he was stepping down as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, creating another vacancy at the helm of the agency and likely setting up a political battle between the Obama administration and the powerful National Rifle Assn. Jones was brought to the agency first as acting director, then confirmed as permanent director two years ago. But he took over only after a raucous political fight in which the NRA made it clear that the organization opposed naming a permanent director of the law enforcement agency and in many ways would prefer to see it disbanded altogether. Jones said he was leaving to join the...