Biden’s gun control agenda just took a huge hit.
Biden was forced to pull his nominee for the ATF, David Chipman, after it was clear he was likely not to be confirmed.
🚨 HUGE — White House to withdraw nomination of David Chipman to head ATF.
He was a terrible nominee and never should have been considered. https://t.co/HvJaiaaOT2
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) September 9, 2021
The White House will withdraw its nomination of David Chipman to head up the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
The nominee, a former special agent at ATF and current gun control lobbyist, was scrutinized immediately upon his nomination for his publicly anti-firearm positions. Moderate Democrat Senators in the evenly-split chamber signaled to the Biden administration that they were not fans of the choice and it was unclear whether Chipman would have made it through a confirmation vote.
Donald Trump Jr played a huge part in him being opposed.
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) September 9, 2021
Former ATF agents who worked with David Chipman wrote a letter to the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee urging votes against Chipman.
More former ATF agents who worked alongside President Joe Biden’s director nominee are speaking out against his confirmation.
Seven former agents, each with 25 or more years of experience at the ATF, wrote a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee leaders on Tuesday urging them to vote against David Chipman. In a copy of the letter obtained by The Reload, the agents criticize Chipman’s turn from ATF agent to paid gun-control activist. They argued he did not have the experience or temperament to lead the agency and his appointment would degrade ATF’s ability to do its job.
“David’s strong personal beliefs on firearms issues will create serious and long-lasting problems for the Bureau and the effective execution of its law enforcement mission,” the agents said in the letter. “We relied on effective partnerships with industry, stakeholders, and other law enforcement agencies to execute our missions. Unfortunately, if David were confirmed, ATF partners would see someone who is coming to the agency with his top priority being to implement a divisive gun control agenda.”…
Many of the concerns raised by the agents who signed their names to the letter match those expressed by the current and former agents who spoke with The Reload. The agents all complained about Chipman’s history of supporting controversial new gun bans and making controversial statements mocking gun owners. The agents in the new letter and the ones in The Reload report agreed the agency needs a long-term director but said Chipman would not be the right fit, based on what they saw while working alongside him.