Biden has nominated a gun control activist named David Chipman to head the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.
Chipman is also known for believing conspiracy theories about the Waco siege.
Republicans are urging the Senate not to confirm him.
Republicans Blast Activist ATF Nominee and Urge the Senate to Reject His Nomination
Republican Congressmen Andy Biggs and Jim Banks have written a letter to Senator Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell blasting Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.
“On April 8th, 2021, President Joe Biden nominated long time gun control activist and lobbyist David Chipman to be the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). His beliefs and hostile attitude toward the rights of gun owners are well known. Thus, we respectfully ask that you oppose his confirmation,” Biggs and Banks wrote.
“Throughout his career, David Chipman has made it no secret that he is an enemy of the 2nd Amendment. In October 2018, Chipman argued in favor of subjecting all AR-15s and potentially all semi-automatic rifles to regulation under the National Firearms Act. As a former agents 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.”
Biden has made some awful appointments, but this would be one of the worst.
The Second Amendment is under assault like never before.
Gun grabber David Chipman is far outside the mainstream and is the absolute wrong choice to run ATF. https://t.co/WbhuhvWJJT
— Senate Republicans (@NRSC) May 5, 2021
David Chipman's beliefs & hostile attitude toward the rights of gun owners are well known and should disqualify the long time gun control activist and lobbyist from the position of ATF director.
RSC is leading the charge against his Senate confirmation.https://t.co/RCRXQvX6Ii
— RSC (@RepublicanStudy) May 4, 2021
David Chipman is an enemy of the 2nd Amendment & has no regard for the Constitution. The Senate MUST NOT confirm.
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) May 4, 2021
Republicans must not confirm this man to the ATF.