Biden ATF Nominee Backs Bans on AR-15, 'Assault Weapons'

Joanna Estrada
May 28, 2021

In their letter to the Senate supporting the nomination, the National Black Police Association cited Chipman as "an expert advising organizations at the forefront of gun violence prevention" and highlighted his work advising policy makers and testifying before Congress on firearms legislation.

Olivia added: "President Biden's nomination of David Chipman to head the bureau that has regulatory authority over the firearm industry shows this administration is beholden to special interest gun control and is not in step with the record number of Americans choosing to exercise their Second Amendment rights. Given Mr. Chipman's history of anti-gun lobbying and political activism, Americans can not be reasonably expected to believe he will be an unbiased enforcer of current laws", the letter stated.

Summarizing Chipman's answer, Cruz wryly responded, "So you want to ban the most popular rifle in America". "The AR-15 is a gun I was issued on ATF's S.W.A.T team and it's a particularly lethal weapon and regulating it as other particularly lethal weapons, I have advocated for".

After leaving the ATF in 2012, Chipman became a senior adviser at Everytown for Gun Safety, and later as a senior policy adviser at Giffords.

Chipman was an ATF special agent for 25 years and now serves as senior policy adviser to gun violence prevention group Giffords.

David Chipman, a longtime gun control lobbyist with more than two decades experience working for ATF, faced questions from several Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans on his views on guns, admitting to Sen.

"I " m amazed that might be the definition of an assault weapon", Cotton said.

Cruz's question spoke to Chipman's understanding of the weapon in question, which was found to be lacking. "You want to be the head of the ATF, hang on tight".

Cotton wanted specifics, asking, "What is an assault weapon?" "That would basically cover every single modern sporting rifle in America today". "Americans likewise have the Second Amendment to protect their God-given rights to keep and bear arms", Knudsen and the attorneys general wrote.

Chipman also worked at ATF during the notorious 51-day Waco, Texas, siege, in which four ATF agents and 82 Branch Davidians died. Chipman is still employed by Giffords gun control group for whom he lobbied.

The AGs concluded their letter by asking the senators to oppose Chipman's nomination, saying that they "demand President Biden nominate someone who is not hostile to our rights and way of life". "Chipman loves guns, so long as government agents are pointing them at us, and not the other way around".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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