Biden’s Controversial ATF Nominee Withdrawn

Biden’s Controversial ATF Nominee Withdrawn

According to multiple news reports , the White House will pull David Chipman’s nomination to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). He is the second major nominee to be withdrawn by President Joe Biden, after former Office of Management and Budget nominee Neera Tanden also faced opposition from GOP lawmakers. In this case, the withdrawal of Chipman to head the ATF has been seen as a major victory for supporters of the Second Amendment. Chipman, who worked for a number of gun control advocacy groups after a career as an ATF agent, was staunchly opposed by Senate Republicans but also struggled to gain the support of several Democratic lawmakers. “Mr. Chipman’s long record as a partisan, anti-Second Amendment activist raised plenty of concerns about how he’d administer federal firearms laws. But that wasn’t the only cause for concern,” said Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa on Thursday. “The record he concealed from Congress, some of which remains hidden to this day, about how he treated his fellow employees while at the ATF confirms his lack of fitness to lead the agency.” It wasn’t just lawmakers that celebrated the withdrawal of Chipman to head the ATF. The National Rifle Association (NRA) was openly hostile in its messaging regarding the nominee and defeating the confirmation had become a top priority since he was first nominated in April. The NRA spent millions of dollars on grassroots efforts. On Thursday, the lobby group praised lawmakers . “This […]

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