Y'all, despite this CNN report, there is literally nothing scandalous about the story. In short, a guy who works as a gun lobbyist helped the Trump Administration's ATF officials draft a memo to deregulate gun sales.
BREAKING NEWS: lobbyists do this sort of stuff. They did it in the Obama era too. In fact, it was anti-gun groups that helped the Obama Administration push rules and regulations to drive up the cost of gun ownership. I don't remember any breathless reports on that.
And over at the EPA, it was environmental groups getting the Obama era EPA to enter into settlements whereby corporations were shaken down for cash that was then passed to those very same environmentalist groups to "enforce" regulations. That was not a big scandal either.
This particular story is being treated as if it is a scandalous thing never before seen. Finding a lobbyist at a regulatory agency is no more novel and new than finding a prostitute in a brothel. It is what each does. Reporting it that way, however, would not drive clicks, traffic, or L'Resistance's rage against the gun lobby.
I really do think the need for traffic and clicks is poisoning how many news shops cover the news online. Look at CNN's handling of North Korea over the past few days. The network itself turns out solid reporting. This one is just a bit too much, though.