The Case Against President Biden’s Nominee for ATF

The Case Against President Biden’s Nominee for ATF

Since taking office, President Joe Biden has not been shy about pressing forward with a radical anti-Second Amendment agenda. And like President Obama, he has done so through unilateral agency rulemaking that cuts Congress out of the process. My colleagues and I in state attorneys general offices will fight this overreach in court if Biden does not reverse course. I stand ready to lead many of these efforts on behalf of West Virginians, because West Virginia is a strong Second Amendment State — according to a 2016 study, nearly 59% of West Virginia households own a firearm. But as you read this, the Senate is facing a rare opportunity to rebuke Biden’s approach before it comes to litigation. The Senate can send an unmistakable message against Biden’s gun-grabber agenda by rejecting his nomination of David Chipman to serve as its chief architect. This past May, I was proud to join 19 of my fellow attorneys general in a letter to Senate leadership opposing Mr. Chipman’s confirmation as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (“ATF”). My opposition is based on Mr. Chipman’s track record lobbying to ban some of the most popular modern firearms in America, and on his expressed disdain for wide swathes of lawful gun owners. While Mr. Chipman’s track record alone should disqualify him from serving as the nation’s top firearms regulator, his disastrous performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee has clarified why every Senator who cares about their constituents’ right to keep […]

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