Pavlich: Democrat senators must oppose Chipman’s ATF nomination

Pavlich: Democrat senators must oppose Chipman's ATF nomination

In an effort to bury President Biden ’s dubious nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) recently combined the confirmation hearing for David Chipman — a longtime gun control activist — with three other nominees for different positions within the federal government. This gave senators just five minutes to ask Chipman about his record and plans for the bureau. Despite the effort to bury the nomination in hopes senators would wave him through, Chipman’s testimony was quite revealing and reinforced concerns about his anti-Second Amendment activism. “With respect to the AR-15, I support a ban as has been presented in a senate bill and supported by the president,” Chipman said when asked if he supports a ban on AR-15. “As ATF director, if I’m confirmed, I would simply enforce the laws on the books, and right now there is no such ban on those guns.” When asked to define “assault weapon,” Chipman declared a broad swath of commonly owned firearms eligible under a ban. “Any semi-automatic rifle capable of accepting a detachable magazine above the caliber of .22, which would include the .223 which is largely the AR-15 round,” Chipman said. Chipman’s broad definition of “assault weapons,” is unacceptable and based in activism, not the law or data used to combat crime. Further, Chipman’s view was just thoroughly refuted by U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez of the Southern District of California. […]

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