Reject David Chipman’s nomination to lead ATF

Reject David Chipman’s nomination to lead ATF

Just In… Last week was an opportunity to celebrate the birth of our country and reflect upon how it upholds the God-given dignity and liberty of every individual. Everyone should treasure this legacy, but public officials must also be guided by it. For U.S. senators, that means blocking the nomination of officials such as David Chipman, who demonstrate a blatant disregard for our unalienable rights. As state attorneys general, we defend the legal principles enshrined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. We take the field to stand up for freedom of speech, freedom of worship, and the freedom to keep and bear arms. This doesn’t mean attacking everyone we disagree with — diverse viewpoints and debate are part of what makes this country great. It does mean holding everyone accountable to the law. Our fellow public servants in the Senate fulfill a similar role. Senators have a responsibility to oppose the confirmation of public officials who have demonstrated disdain or disregard for the importance of the role they would serve. It is for this reason that we call on the Senate to reject Chipman’s nomination to serve as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Chipman has demonstrated that he is not an unbiased actor and there are concerns that he would use the ATF, and its vast resources, to target law-abiding gun owners instead of pursuing outlaws and criminal organizations that pose legitimate threats to public safety. Chipman has spent the past decade calling […]

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