Gun politics scrambles Democrats’ efforts to confirm Biden’s ATF nominee and craft background checks deal

Gun politics scrambles Democrats' efforts to confirm Biden's ATF nominee and craft background checks deal

Former special agent at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives David Chipman testifies during a hearing before the Congressional Gun Violence Prevention Task Force in 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (CNN)Top Democrats are quietly moving to lock down support for President Joe Biden’s imperiled nominee to head a key agency overseeing firearms — while also struggling to find consensus on a slimmed-down bill to expand background checks for gun sales — the latest example of how the politics of gun control remains a divisive subject in the narrowly divided Congress. Biden nominated David Chipman to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in April, seeking the first Senate-confirmed director of the agency since 2015 and just the second in its history. But Chipman — a career official at ATF for 25 years and more recently a top adviser with Giffords, a group that advocates for stricter gun laws — has come under fire from the National Rifle Association, turning off some moderate Republicans and causing some squeamishness among centrist Democrats. Chipman has privately been holding one-on-one meetings with wayward senators to assure them he respects the Second Amendment, planning a meeting with GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska on Wednesday, meeting with independent Sen. Angus King of Maine on Monday and even meeting with pro-gun groups in West Virginia and GOP Gov. Jim Justice at Sen. Joe Manchin’s request. "The issue is whether he’s the right guy for the job," King, who caucuses […]

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