Biden pulls plug on nomination of gun control activist David Chipman to lead ATF

Biden pulls plug on nomination of gun control activist David Chipman to lead ATF

The White House withdrew the controversial nomination of gun control activist David Chipman to run the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, two officials confirmed on Thursday. Chipman, a top official at the gun control advocacy group founded by ex-Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), could not win support of enough moderate senators to be confirmed by the chamber that is evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans. At least three Democratic moderates had privately said they wouldn’t vote to confirm Chipman. All 50 Republicans remained unified against a nominee they derided as a “gun grabber” and skeptic of Second Amendment rights. Former ATF chief nominee, David Chipman (Andrew Harnik/AP) Chipman is a former federal agent who went on to hold a senior position at Giffords, the eponymous gun control group named for the onetime congresswoman who survived being shot in an assassination attempt by a deranged constituent. He won from advocates for his work pushing for greater regulation and enforcement on ghost guns, overhauling the background check system and moves to reduce the trafficking of illegal firearms. But that same fierce advocacy drew opposition from moderates in both parties who hail from rural states, effectively dooming his chances of confirmation. Chipman’s nomination had stalled for months and he was widely seen as one of the administration’s most contentious nominees. The White House and top Democrats had been pushing to try to save his nomination for weeks without success. Chipman’s nomination was voted out of a Senate committee in a tie […]

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