Biden’s ATF nominee to face grilling over lobbying for gun controls

Biden’s ATF nominee to face grilling over lobbying for gun controls

By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Gun control advocate and federal law enforcement veteran David Chipman is no stranger on Capitol Hill, where he has previously urged the U.S. Congress to ban assault rifles and fought against efforts to deregulate firearm silencers. On Wednesday, he will seek its support for his nomination by President Joe Biden to serve as director of the Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, a job that is so politically fraught that the Senate has confirmed just one nominee in the last 15 years. Chipman has served in a variety of roles at the ATF he has now been nominated to lead, but currently works as a policy advisor for Giffords, a gun control advocacy group founded by former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Senator Mark Kelly after a gunman shot her in 2011. That role in particular has inflamed objections to Chipman by Republicans, whose party staunchly defends gun rights. “David Chipman has made it no secret that he is an enemy of the 2nd Amendment,” a group of House of Representatives Republicans wrote in a May 3 letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. “We respectfully ask you to oppose any and all action that would advance his confirmation in the Senate.” From 1988 through 2012, Chipman served in various roles at the ATF, including as an investigator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. […]

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