Republicans Grill Biden ATF Nominee On Past Remarks On Guns

Republicans Grill Biden ATF Nominee On Past Remarks On Guns

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David Chipman, President Biden’s nominee to run the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) bureau, faced off against Republicans Wednesday who challenged him on his past statements they say cross the line in the gun control debate.

Chipman’s nomination has been praised by gun control advocates – he was an ATF special agent for 25 years and currently serves as senior policy adviser to gun violence prevention group Giffords. 

Chipman said during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that he does not agree with the view of his employer on the Second Amendment, and that there is an individual right to keep and bear arms. Giffords argues that the creation of a standing military has rendered the Second Amendment moot.

After questioning from lawmakers, Chipman repeated multiple times that he would exist in the role to enforce laws as they are on the books rather than as he sees fit. 


Chipman told Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, he supports a ban on the AR-15 rifle, which he called a “particularly lethal weapon.” Chipman said he supports Congress acting to ban “assault weapons” like AR-15s, and also adding

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