Sen. Susan Collins announced Monday that she will oppose the confirmation of David Chipman, President Biden’s nominee to run the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), a blow to Chipman’s prospects for a potential bipartisan confirmation vote.
“After meeting with Mr. Chipman, listening to Mainers, and reviewing his record, I have decided to vote against Mr. Chipman’s nomination to serve as the ATF Director,” Collins, R-Maine, said in a statement. “In recent years, Mr. Chipman has been an outspoken critic of the firearms industry and has made statements that demean law-abiding gun owners.”
Collins added: “Although he has the right to express his views, I believe this history makes him an unusually divisive pick for this important position. In particular, I am concerned that his confirmation would do significant damage to the collaborative working relationship that must exist between ATF, the firearms industry, sportsmen and women, and other law-abiding gun owners exercising their Second Amendment rights.”
Chipman was grilled late last month by Republican senators at his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, pressed Chipman over his “aggressive” and “reckless” opposition to a bill the Utah Republican introduced that would eliminate regulations to purchase gun silencers.
In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo former Giffords Law Center Senior Policy Advisor David Chipman speaks at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on assault weapons on Capitol Hill in Washington. Chipman is now President Biden’s nominee to be the director of the Bureay of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) (AP)
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“You said, ‘The only people who benefit from this bill are gun lobbyists and criminals who want easier access to deadly weapons,’” Lee told Chipman. “How does this reflect the careful, measured judgment of one who would be in charge of enforcing our n
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