Biden to withdraw ATF pick David Chipman after resistance over gun control support

Biden to withdraw ATF pick David Chipman after resistance over gun control support

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is withdrawing David Chipman as his nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives after facing resistance over his support for gun control that blocked confirmation in the Senate, according to a source familiar with the decision. The White House would not confirm the move, first reported by Politico and the Washington Post. Chipman was notified Wednesday of the decision, the source said. Chipman dd not immediately respond to a request for comment. A former agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Chipman drew sharp criticism from Republicans, who argued his recent work with gun control groups like Everytown and Giffords, led by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, disqualifies him from the position that holds law enforcement power over the nation’s gun manufacturers, importers and sellers. More: Nasty memes, disinformation, politics drive waning days in battle to confirm Biden’s pick for ATF His nomination, though, hinged on the decision of Sen. Angus King, an independent from Maine, who caucuses with Democrats. Without King’s support, the White House was unable to reach 50 votes in the evenly divided Senate for his confirmation. Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., celebrated Chipman’s withdrawal. “Absurd that a vocal opponent of Americans’ constitutional rights was ever picked to run ATF,” McConnell said in a Tweet . “This is a win for the Second Amendment and law-abiding American citizens.” For gun control advocates, it was another clear loss, adding to recent failures to pass […]

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