Biden ATF nominee supports ban on AR-15

Alex Horsman

Alex Horsman

It is critical that all members of the firearm and ammunition industry, as well as supporters of the Second Amendment, contact their US senators and urge them to oppose Chipman's nomination to be Director of ATF, including for the numerous reasons highlighted here.

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".

"The AR-15 is one of, if not the, most popular rifles in America", Senator Ted Cruz said.

Republicans have voiced disapproval about Chipman's advocacy of gun regulations and several Republicans on the committee peppered him with questions about prior statements during his time as a gun control advocate.

"The AR-15 is a gun I was issued on the ATF's SWAT team, and it's a particularly lethal weapon".

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen and 20 other state attorneys general today called on the U.S. Senate to reject David Chipman's confirmation as director of the Department of Justice's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), citing concerns over his approach to public safety and Americans' right to keep and bear arms.

Law enforcement veterans say Chipman's confirmation would bring much-needed stability and direction to an agency that has been led by acting directors for over five years. He also suggested he still supports banning "assault weapons", and he presented an absurdly broad definition of "assault weapon".

Cotton pressed him, asking whether any rifle with "a detachable magazine that takes a 556 or a.22 round, should be described as an assault weapon".

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"You're asking us to ban assault weapons, we have to write legislation".

Chipman again attempted to dodge the question, saying he was merely "sharing with you my knowledge" about an ATF case.

For example, the International Association of Chiefs of Police has been a "strong supporter" of banning assault weapons, according to one of the group's position papers, as well as the creation of a national registry for people convicted of violent gun crimes.

Can American gun owners trust this radical activist to enforce the law, rather than twisting it to limit Americans' Second Amendment rights?

Chipman also worked at ATF during the notorious 51-day Waco, Texas, siege, in which four ATF agents and 82 Branch Davidians died.

Don't let President Biden put the fox in charge of the henhouse!

Mike Lee (R) will be facing off against Joe Biden's pick, David Chipman, to lead the ATF over his blatant contempt for gun owners.

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