Moderate Senate Dems still undecided on Biden’s ATF pick, nomination at risk

Moderate Senate Dems still undecided on Biden's ATF pick, nomination at risk

Fox News Flash top headlines for July 5 00:00 00:0002:24GO LIVE Facebook Twitter Email Embed SpeedNormal Autoplay Some of the key moderate Democratic senators needed to confirm President Biden’s pick to run the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms , David Chipman, are still undecided about whether they will vote for the controversial nominee who has a history of working with high-profile gun control groups. Chipman, who also has a history of undiplomatic comments about guns, gun owners and how to enforce gun laws, is staunchly opposed by most Republicans. Even Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, one of the Senate Republicans who has been willing to vote for many of the president’s nominees, said she will vote against the "unusually divisive" Chipman. She said this is because he is "an outspoken critic of the firearms industry and has made statements that demean law-abiding gun owners." That means there is a significant chance Chipman’s nomination could come down to a handful of Democrats, like Sen. John Tester of Montana. In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo, former Giffords Law Center Senior Policy Advisor David Chipman speaks at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on assault weapons on Capitol Hill in Washington. Chipman is nominated to run the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) (AP) "As a proud gun owner, Sen. Tester believes ATF needs a strong leader to support the agency’s law enforcement mission," Tester communications director Sarah Feldman told Fox News. "Sen. Tester will continue to review […]

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