President Biden’s ATF nominee advocates for national gun tax, semi-automatic weapons ban

President Biden’s ATF nominee advocates for national gun tax, semi-automatic weapons ban

David Chipman at May 2021 Senate Judiciary Committee. Deadlocked Senate committee leaves Chipman nomination in Schumer’s hands. Mississippi Senators oppose his confirmation. President Joe Biden’s nominee to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) has been described by conservatives as a “gun control zealot,” doubling down on his support for a $200 national gun tax and a ban on semiautomatic firearms such as AR-15s in his confirmation hearings in the U.S. Senate. The ATF falls under the purview of the Department of Justice. It is tasked with regulating the gun industry. David Chipman is a former ATF agent turned activist with the gun control lobby at Giffords. According to Chris Dorsey in Forbes , Chipman worked as a case agent in the Branch Davidian trial, where he claimed that cult members killed by ATF agents in Waco, Texas, had shot down a pair of government helicopters with .50 caliber rifles. “Problem is,” Dorsey writes, “no such event occurred…only in Chipman’s vivid imagination.” On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee took up Chipman’s nomination for a vote to move it forward for full Senate consideration. The result was a tie vote with all Democrats voting to advance the nomination and all Republicans objecting. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D) now must decide whether to call for a full Senate vote on Chipman’s nomination. During his confirmation hearing in May, Chipman rubbed many conservatives the wrong way over the inability to describe an “assault weapon.” Among those was Senator John […]

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