War on Biden’s anti-gun ATF nominee escalates

War on Biden’s anti-gun ATF nominee escalates

The firearms industry is stepping up its fight to block President Joe Biden’s anti-gun pick to lead the ATF, turning the heat on two key fence-sitting senators. For the first time in its 60-year history, the top industry group is expanding its lobbying efforts with its first TV ad, which targets David Chipman, nominated as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. “Joe Biden wants David Chipman to lead the ATF so he can ban guns,” said the ad from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, shared with Secrets. It is to run in Maine and West Virginia, home to two senators who haven’t made up their minds on Chipman, Sens. Angus King and Joe Manchin. Chipman’s nomination has faced an intense backlash from the industry and groups that are aligned with consumers, such as the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America. In expanding its efforts, NSSF is weighing in on behalf of the industry. “This is monumental for NSSF and it speaks to the importance the firearm industry places on protecting the 342,330 jobs and $63.5 billion economic impact this industry provides,” said Lawrence Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel. “David Chipman’s nomination is clearly a move to politicize the ATF. Voters in key states reject his nomination and those senators have been advised of those polls by NSSF. We are now taking our opposition to the public to remind their senators that Chipman’s nomination is a threat to jobs, revenue, and […]

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