Lightning Rod ATF Pick Will Continue Gun Policy Fight

Lightning Rod ATF Pick Will Continue Gun Policy Fight

NEW from THE TRACE: David Chipman won’t lead the ATF, but he says his resolve has been hardened by the nomination fight. In one of his first interviews since the president pulled his nomination last month, Chipman told The Trace’s Brian Freskos and USA TODAY ’s Nick Penzenstadler that he received little backing from the White House or the Department of Justice after a massive lobbying campaign erupted against him. But he said his political fight was minor compared to what victims of gun violence have gone through, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who endured brain injuries from a shooting in 2011. Chipman has been a senior policy adviser at Giffords’s gun reform organization for the last five years, and said he plans to continue his advocacy work. He had some pointed words for the ATF, where he spent 22 years, saying it has long been too reactive in combating gun crime instead of keeping guns away from people prohibited from owning them. “The agency isn’t rudderless,” Chipman said. “It’s sailing with a rudder set by the [gun] industry itself. Things are going just as planned: Target bad guys with guns, play nice with the industry, focus on things after the fact. You want them to have one mission: Protect the public. Period.” You can read the rest of the interview here . Child injured in school shooting in Tennessee. Police say a student shot a 13-year-old boy at Cummings K-8 Optional School in Memphis on Thursday, then turned […]

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