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Sullivan took up gun-rights case after job leading ATF

When Michael J. Sullivan was acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, he oversaw Project Gunrunner, aimed at stemming illegal gun trafficking to Mexico.

By the time an element of the program known as Operation Fast and Furious exploded into controversy in 2011, Sullivan was working the issue from the private sector, as a lawyer hired by a gun industry group to dissuade the Mexican government from filing suit in the United States over illegal guns flowing into Mexico.

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