Senate committee to vote on Chipman ATF nomination, 2A activists scramble

Gun control is in the spotlight once again, from Congress to Geneva, where Russian President Vladimir Putin took a political shot at the U.S. over “gun violence.”(Dave Workman image)

AmmoLand News is reporting a last ditch effort is underway among gun rights activists “across the nation” to roadblock the nomination of David Chipman, a high profile gun control advocate at Giffords, the anti-gun lobbying organization, to be the next head of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Chipman’s nomination is reportedly to be voted on Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee. If Chipman gets the votes, his nomination will then be referred to the full Senate for action. He may meet fierce opposition, and a vote might be skin-of-the-teeth either way with the Senate’s 50-50 split.

By no small bit of irony, as the announcement was being reported, the Washington Times broke a story revealing that Russian President Vladimir Putin “condemned the United States’ record on human rights, blasting it for rampant gun violence and continued operation of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.”

“Look at the streets of America,” he said, according to the story. “You don’t have time to open your mouth and you are shot dead.”

Putin made his comments following a meeting with Joe Biden in Geneva, Switzerland.

The focus on gun control and so-called “gun violence” comes as no surprise to Second Amendment activists in the aftermath of several days of deadly shootings, including Seattle and Austin, Texas. Down in the Lone Star State, anti-gunners have been exploiting the shooting in Austin that wounded several people and killed a tourist from New York.

While Democrats have appealed to Gov. Greg Abbott to veto a bill that will allow permitless carry in Texas, the facts surrounding the shooting suggest the young perpetrators would not have been able to legally carry guns without permits, anyway because the legislation requires that someone be 21 years old. The oldest of two suspects now in custody is 17, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

Prosecutors have not revealed a motive in that incident.

Meanwhile, Second Amendment activists are busy with their effort to derail Chipman’s nomination. He confirmed to the Senate Judiciary Committee in a hearing last month that he supports a ban on so-called “assault weapons” even though he could not define such a gun under questioning.

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