Republican House Representative Matt Rosendale of Montana is leading the effort to thwart Joe Biden’s pick to head up the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. 12 House Republicans are supporting a resolution to impeach Biden’s nominee, David Chipman. Several moderate Democrats are also undecided on Biden’s choice.
Newsmax reports there are two articles in the resolution, the first stating “Failure to support and defend the second amendment of the constitution of the United States.” And the Second, “False statements to Congress.”
Rep. Rosendale told Fox News he believed “The confirmation of David Chipman would be a direct threat to the second amendment rights of Americans and the rule of law.” He went on to say that Chipman has lied to Congress and his stance on gun control would undermine the constitution.
Chipman reportedly lost his service weapon while he was an ATF agent and was not truthful about it when questioned by the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing. However, the ATF says there is no record of him ever losing his weapon. In the same hearing, he failed to define the term “assault weapon” despite wanting Congress to ban said weapons.
In the hearing, Chipman was asked by Senator Chuck Grassley: “Based on your previous support for a ban on ‘assault weapons’ please provide me with your own definition of ‘assault weapons’ that you would like to see banned.”
Chipman replied, “the definition of ‘assault weapon’ for the purposes of a ban would be determined by Congress.”
Chipman worked as an ATF special agent for 25 years and enforced federal assault weapons bans from 1994 to 2004. He went on to be senior policy advisor for the gun control advocacy group Giffords. Chipman was also a case agent in the Branch Davidian trial following the deadly siege at Waco, Texas, in 1993.
In 2019, Chipman was criticized for remarks he made while conducting a Reddit “Ask Me Anything.” He claimed that people who failed firearms background checks often went on to commit crimes and that “this is the perfect opportunity to arrest people before committing crimes.”
He also faced criticism for disrespectful comments he made about gun owners in April of 2020. When asked about his concerns regarding the uptick in first-time gun buyers, he stated, “they might think that they’re die-hard, ready to go, but unfortunately they’re more like Tiger King, and they’re putting themselves and their family in danger.”
Although he has not yet been confirmed, the resolution to impeach Chipman has the support of 11 House Republicans in addition to Rep. Rosendale. Co-sponsors of the resolution include Bob Good, Jeff Duncan, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Ralph Norman, Jody Hice, Diana Harshbarger, Scott Perry, Alex Mooney, Andy Harris, Paul Gosar, and Andrew Clyde.
Several moderate Democrats, including senators John Hickenlooper, Jon Tester, Joe Manchin, and Kyrsten Sinema, remain undecided on Chipman’s nomination.