Biden’s ATF Pick Slams Gun Industry for Failed Nomination

Biden’s ATF Pick Slams Gun Industry for Failed Nomination

David Chipman testifies at a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing. President Joe Biden’s failed pick to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says the ugly and personal confirmation process hardened his resolve to focus on gun safety and push back against the industry’s outsize influence on the agency — even if he has to do so from the outside. David Chipman, whose nomination to lead the ATF collapsed earlier this month following a bitter confirmation battle, said he received little backing from the White House or the Department of Justice even after a massive lobbying campaign erupted against him. Chipman said his political fight was minor compared to what victims of gun violence have experienced, including U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who endured brain injuries from an assassination attempt in 2011. “I have the choice of buying a lake house somewhere and turning off social media and saying I give up,” Chipman said. “What am I going to tell Gabby? She’s still getting out of bed every day. What do I say? ‘This is too hard for me?’ I wasn’t shot in the head.” Chipman, 55, said he looks forward to continuing his work at Giffords, where he has held the position of senior policy advisor for five years. The organization was founded by the former Arizona congresswoman to fight gun violence. Chipman spoke out this week in his first interviews since the president pulled his nomination on September 10. Chipman said the ATF should be renamed […]

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