Democratic President Joe Biden is withdrawing his nominee, David Chipman, to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), according to the Washington Post and other media outlets. Apparently, centrist Democrats in the Senate are concerned about Chipman's radical left-wing views and gun-control advocacy.
To be confirmed, Chipman would need at least 50 votes (from Democrats) in the Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris voting to break the tie. The votes reportedly are not there.
Moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins (Me.) opposes Chipman, saying that he makes remarks that "demean law-abiding gun owners."
For instance, Chipman has said that first-time gun owners are “putting themselves and their families in danger.” For those who decide to buy a gun, Chipman said they should “hide it behind the cans of tuna and beef jerky that you have stored in the cabinet and only bring that out if the Zombies start to appear.”
As reported by gun expert John Lott, Chipman "has called for gun registration and licensing of the vast majority of semi-automatic rifles, with a $200 fee." Chipman also defines the AR-15 as "a particularly lethal weapon."
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said, "Mr. Chipman’s long record as a partisan, anti-Second Amendment activist raised plenty of concerns about how he’d administer federal firearms laws. But that wasn’t the only cause for concern."
"The record he concealed from Congress, some of which remains hidden to this day, about how he treated his fellow employees while at the ATF confirms his lack of fitness to lead the agency," said Grassley.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) tweeted, "Glad to hear reports the White House is taking my advice and pulling the terrible nomination of David Chipman. Absurd that a vocal opponent of Americans' constitutional rights was ever picked to run ATF. This is a win for the Second Amendment and law-abiding American citizens."
Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) said, "I’ve been opposed to David Chipman leading the ATF from the start. He's an anti-Second Amendment, gun-grabbing radical that should not lead the agency that regulates firearms."
Chipman is a former ATF agent. He currently is an advisor to Giffords, a gun control advocacy organization.