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Biden Withdraws Chipman as ATF Director Nominee

President Biden has withdrawn David Chipman as the nominee for the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).

Bipartisan concern developed regarding Chipman’s past as a gun-control advocate. 

Biden nominated Chipman in April. In his statement withdrawing him, the President maintained that Chipman would have made “an exemplary director of the ATF and would have redoubled its efforts to crack down on illegal firearms traffickers and help keep our communities safe from gun violence.”

Chipman worked as an ATF agent for 25 years before taking positions with Everytown for Gun Safety and Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which advocate for gun control. He has supported banning AR-15-style semi-automatic rifles.

Biden accused Congressional Republicans of planning “to use gun crime as a political talking point instead of taking serious steps to address it.”

“That’s why they’ve moved in lockstep to block David Chipman’s confirmation, and it’s why they side with gun manufacturers over the overwhelming majority of the American people in opposing commonsense measures like universal background checks,” he added.

To secure his nomination, Chipman needed support from every Democrat and independent after Senate Republicans came out in collective opposition.

According to The New York Post, “Biden didn’t mention [in his statement] that Chipman’s long-stalled nomination failed to gain the support of centrist Democrats who were essential to confirmation in the evenly divided Senate.”

Two Democrats, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Senator Jon Tester of Montana, remained publicly undecided. In addition, Maine’s Independent Senator Angus King did not come out in support of Chipman.

“Mr. Chipman’s long record as a partisan, anti-Second Amendment activist raised plenty of concerns about how he’d administer federal firearms laws,” Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a statement. 

“But that wasn’t the only cause for concern,” he added. “The record he concealed from Congress, some of which remains hidden to this day, about how he treated his fellow employees while at the ATF confirms his lack of fitness to lead the agency.”

Senator Susan Collins of Maine, a Republican who is largely acknowledged as a centrist, stated, “I am concerned that [Chipman’s] confirmation would do significant damage to the collaborative working relationship that must exist between ATF, the firearms industry, sportsmen and women, and other law-abiding gun owners exercising their Second Amendment rights.”

Ultimately, “the result means the ATF will be without a Senate-confirmed boss yet again. The agency hasn’t had a confirmed director in six years. It’s had only one since Congress made the position subject to Senate confirmation in 2006,” per NPR.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said there were “active discussions” with Chipman regarding what position in the federal government “might be of interest to him.”

Chipman, a gun owner, said that pro-gun advocates have mischaracterized him.

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13 responses to “Biden Withdraws Chipman as ATF Director Nominee”

  1. Tylerthepersuader says:

    I vote to confirm David Chipman as the lead in the next Joker movie.

  2. Devilsgun says:

    This gnome looking fuck has a face that even a mother would punch, and a shit-sack soul to match his exterior ugliness.

    You’d have to be a semi-translucent dipshit piece of fuck potato headed demented old chomo megacreep election stealing flaccid cuck commie bitch-man to choose this turd for the ATF role

  3. Devilsgun says:

    Eliminate ALL gun control laws, at all levels.

  4. Rbs094 says:

    Dictators are not big fans of an armed citizenry, it makes a holocaust so much more difficult to pull off.

  5. dannyo66 says:

    Pick a better candidate there dementia Joe. That guy sucked.

  6. unspecialnoob says:

    Also, repeal the NFA

  7. TuckR8 says:

    Why don’t they nominate me?

    My reading comprehension is above a 1st grade level, so I can comprehend “…the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Oh… I see the problem.

  8. FrankP007 says:

    There should be no ATF at all.

  9. Wolv256 says:

    I would blame all my farts on that guy if I worked with him. I wouldn’t even need to say anything, everyone would just assume it was always him anyways. That dude just looks like he’s farting up the office all day.

  10. Wolv256 says:

    But he did win the nomination for guy in the office who’s most likely to be victim of a whoopie cushion prank because he looks like the most fun to pick on.

  11. pandusa says:

    oops I meant not” a” but another three letter agency

  12. pandusa says:

    The only thing done right I watch the hearing. We know you are are gun owner Chipman…you just don’t want US to have them. You tell the truth to get the lies to go down better. Cheer up, they will find you a job in a three- letter- agency and I am sure you will live oddfully ever after.

  13. Baronhalt8 says:

    They really really really want American’s guns.