The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives - the agency responsible for enforcing this nation's gun laws - has been without a permanent director for six years.
President Obama has tried in the past to fill the leadership vacuum, but any attempt to nominate someone for the top job – ended up getting sidelined.
In the 23 executive actions on gun control, Obama included the nomination of an ATF director - B. Todd Jones, the U.S. attorney in Minnesota who has been acting director of ATF since 2011.
Many have pinned the blame on a leaderless ATF with the NRA, but do those claims add up?
CNN's Joe Johns has the OutFront investigation.