Chipman Withdrawn as ATF Nominee

The White House is pulling its support for David Chipman to become the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), a move that has conservatives jumping for joy.

Multiple reports indicate the move came after several Republicans in the House urged their Senate colleagues to vote no on David Chipman’s nomination. Fox gained access to the letter House Republicans sent the Senate, which reportedly called Chipman an “enemy of the 2nd Amendment.”

From the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), Larry Keane wrote a statement urging Biden to withdraw the nomination of radical anti-gun activist David Chipman. Keane said Chipman “has proven to be an unworthy nominee to lead the 5,000-person bureau that regulates the firearm industry and enforces federal gun laws.”

Keane said that Chipman’s “history as a lobbyist for two major gun control groups should have been enough.” He said Chipman’s nomination would help “usher in [Biden’s] gun control wish list.”

In the letter from the Republican House members published by Fox, the Representatives also call Chipman a “longtime gun-control activist and lobbyist.”

The letter read, “[Chipman’s] beliefs and hostile attitude toward the rights of gun owners are well known. Thus, we respectfully ask that you oppose his confirmation.”

The NSSF previously said that Chipman’s nomination was a “terrible choice.” Keane wrote, “Among the bills he lobbied Congress were universal background checks, handgun licensing and registration, banning modern sporting rifles (MSRs), instituting age-based gun bans and to establish a national firearm transfer delay period.”

The GOP House members didn’t hold back on their criticism of Chipman’s support for anti-AR-15 laws that would several restrict Americans from owning one of our nation’s most popular firearms. “As a former agent of the ATF, Chipman knows all too well that such action would effectively ban the most popular rifle in America as well as most other items regulated under the National Firearms Act,” the letter wrote.

Republicans warned that if David Chipman were confirmed, he “would use every tool at his disposal to attack American gun owners.” The group said, “We respectfully ask you to oppose any and all action that would advance his confirmation in the Senate.”

The GOP called Chipman’s confirmation a threat to “the landscape of firearm ownership for generations of Americans to come.”

Republican Representative Jim Banks said, “I was proud to lead 68 of my colleagues in the fight against Chipman’s nomination earlier this year. The efforts from second amendment allies like @DonaldJTrumpJr to stop this radical, anti-gun activist from leading the ATF were very consequential!”

 

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