"Many see putting a committed gun control proponent like Mr. Chipman in charge of ATF as like putting a tobacco executive in charge of the Department of Health and Human Services, or Antifa in charge of the Portland Police Department".
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".
Chipman had posted on Reddit in 2019 stating, "while at ATF, I conducted studies involving people who failed background checks to determine how many later committed crimes with a gun".
NSSF vehemently opposes Chipman's nomination as someone who is entirely unqualified to hold a position of public trust.
In a series of letters addressed to the Senate Judiciary Committee, national policing groups endorsed the nomination of David Chipman - a fierce advocate for gun control - whose hearing comes as the nation faces a spike in mass shootings. "The AR-15 is a gun I was issued on ATF's SWAT team, and it's a particularly lethal weapon, and regulating it as other particularly lethal weapons I have advocated for". Chipman's advocacy for the bill has been a source of controversy for Republicans as Chipman battles to win Senate confirmation. "As the chief legal and law enforcement officers in our respective states, we are concerned that Mr. Chipman will make Americans less safe by diverting ATF resources to attack the rights of law-abiding gun owners instead of cracking down on violent criminals and criminal organizations".
"Senator, an assault weapon would be, in the context of the question you asked, what Congress defines it as", Chipman squirmed.
"So you're asking us to ban assault weapons, we have to write legislation, can you tell me what is an assault weapon?" "You want to be the head of the ATF, hang on tight". David Chipman is nominated to do one thing and one thing only.
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".
Chipman again attempted to dodge the question, saying he was merely "sharing with you my knowledge" about an ATF case.
Cotton expressed astonishment, noting that Chipman's definition "would basically cover every single sporting rifle in America today". "Americans likewise have the Second Amendment to protect their God-given rights to keep and bear arms", Knudsen and the attorneys general wrote. While the Branch Davidians did open fire at the helicopters, the choppers did not go down. Chipman is still employed by Giffords gun control group for whom he lobbied.