GOP lawmakers urge Senate to oppose Biden’s ‘enemy of the 2nd Amendment’ ATF pick

GOP lawmakers urge Senate to oppose Biden's 'enemy of the 2nd Amendment' ATF pick

Dozens of House Republicans are urging the Senate to oppose the confirmation of David Chipman, President Joe Biden ‘s pick to helm the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives , who served as an adviser to a prominent pro-gun control group. Indiana Rep. Jim Banks and 68 of his GOP colleagues wrote a letter, obtained by the Washington Examiner, on Monday to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell , urging them to reject the nomination of Chipman, a former senior policy adviser for Giffords , an outspoken firearms reform group. Biden selected the 25-year ATF special agent for the post during a wave of gun control executive orders on April 7. "If confirmed, David Chipman would use every tool at his disposal to attack American gun owners and we respectfully ask you to oppose any and all action that would advance his confirmation in the Senate," the Republicans wrote in the letter, adding that he is an "enemy of the 2nd Amendment" who was a "long time gun control activist and lobbyist." The Republicans have not proposed an alternative nominee, though they strongly condemn anyone "who has repeatedly lied to further their own gun control agenda." The GOP lawmakers said that in 2018, Chipman was in favor of regulating all semi-automatic guns under the National Firearms Act, a move that would require those who own them to register the weapons with the federal government and pay a $200 tax fee. "As a former […]

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