Fox News is reporting that “Dozens of House Republicans are urging the Senate to oppose President Biden’s nomination of David Chipman as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), calling him an ‘enemy of the 2nd Amendment.’”
Chipman is widely viewed with skepticism within the firearms community, and his support for strict regulations on modern sporting rifles has raised alarms among gun owners. The letter, reportedly signed by 69 House GOP members, asserts, “His beliefs and hostile attitude toward the rights of gun owners are well known. Thus, we respectfully ask that you oppose his confirmation.”
But the letter was sent to Senators Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell, the majority and minority leaders, respectively. Schumer is a perennial anti-gunner so any request to oppose Chipman’s nomination will likely only intensify the New York senator’s desire for confirmation.
The perceived threat of a Chipman confirmation might best be summed up by reviewing the support he’s getting from gun prohibition lobbying groups. Fox News identified them to include Everytown for Gun Safety and the Brady group. Chipman formerly worked as an advisor to the Giffords gun control group.
Chipman worked at the ATF for 25 years before retiring in 2012.
Gun rights organizations also oppose Chipman, who has become a gun control advocate since his retirement. He was reportedly described in the GOP letter as a “longtime gun control activist and lobbyist.”
While Chipman’s nomination is controversial, it should not be surprising. When Joe Biden won last November, it was partly because billionaire-backed anti-gun organizations poured lots of money into some key races and supported the Biden-Harris ticket.
Biden has been a gun control extremist during his entire Capitol Hill career, and he has repeatedly boasted about how he “beat the NRA” with gun control legislation. Unlike his predecessor, who consistently mentioned protecting the Second Amendment during his rallies and speeches, Biden talks about gun control and adding restrictions. So nominating Chipman, a senior advisor at Giffords to head the agency responsible for gun law enforcement at the federal level, reflects the president’s attitude about guns and gun owners.
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