Biden gun regulation nominee stuck in limbo as White House tries to stem crime

Biden gun regulation nominee stuck in limbo as White House tries to stem crime

David Chipman’s nomination deadlocked in the Senate Judiciary Committee at the end of June but can still advance to the Senate floor if the chamber votes to discharge him. | Alex Wong/Getty Images By MARIANNE LEVINE and NICHOLAS WU 07/13/2021 04:31 AM EDT As President Joe Biden tries to go on the offensive against rising gun crime, his pick to oversee the nation’s firearm regulations is stuck in limbo in the Senate. A handful of moderate Senate Democrats, most from red states, remain undecided on Biden’s nomination of David Chipman to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. With the GOP galvanized to turn Chipman’s bid into a litmus test for Democrats’ commitment to the Second Amendment, citing the nominee’s past work for a prominent gun control group, that leaves Biden with a potential political problem that could hobble his messaging on both guns and crime. On Monday, at least four Democratic caucus members were publicly mum on whether they’d support Chipman. Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) said he hadn’t made up his mind, while Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said he was still “working on it. “ “I’ve spoken to him a few times, had a Zoom call with him, trying to get all the facts and figures on this stuff, his credentials,” Manchin said. He added that Chipman’s experience “seemed to be exemplary" but that he’s still considering "everything else that people have concerns about.” Chipman is currently a senior policy advisor to Giffords, a gun control advocacy […]

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