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The White House loses and will withdraw the appointment of Chipman ATF

In a major defeat for Joe Biden and the gun prohibition lobby, the Washington Post and other news outlets report that the White House will withdraw the appointment of avowed gun control advocate David Chipman as head of the Federal Office for Alcohol. , tobacco, firearms and explosives.

Chipman, a retired ATF agent, served as a consultant for the anti-gun lobby group Giffords. Fox News is confirming the reports.

Chipman’s appointment was marked by gun rights icon Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens’ Committee on the Right to Own and Bear Arms, and founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, as “political advocacy.”

In May, Gottlieb said: “Chipman’s appointment has the appearance of political patronage for an organization that strongly supports the presidential agenda for arms control. Of all the potential candidates to head the agency, Joe Biden chose the one individual whose appointment would surely trigger a political storm. At this point, it is fair to ask why the president did this. It seems that the president wants to instruct the weapons prohibition lobby to regulate and apply firearms ”.

During a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this summer, he acknowledged support for a ban on so-called “assault weapons,” which are modern semi-automatic sporting rifles.

According to the Washington Examiner, resistance from the Senate may have been at the heart of the decision. Maine Senator Angus King, an independent working with Democrats, along with West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin and Montana Democrat Jon Tester, also did not answer how Chipman might have voted.

As noted by the Daily Caller, “Biden’s choice was marred by problems, including pushing questionable claims about Operation Waco onto a Reddit thread in an attempt to support restrictions against” so-called assault rifles. “All major gun rights organizations sounded alarms almost immediately after Chipman’s appointment was made public several months ago.

According to CNN, an unidentified “senior administration official” acknowledged: “We don’t have the votes. We’re going to land him in an unconfirmed job in the administration.”

The National Review noted Thursday: “Chipman faced universal opposition from Senate Republicans, including Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell who asked the White House to withdraw their ‘anti-gun extremist’ nomination.” In fact, Republicans in the Senate held out against Chipman’s nomination, and with a 50-50 split, it only took one Democrat or Independent to cross the aisle. With more than one crossover, the nomination was essentially dead. It has been speculated that if Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer – himself a perennial gun control extremist – had gotten the votes, Chipman’s nomination would have already been sent to the courtroom, where Vice President Kamala Harris would provide the casting vote. .

Whether this will turn out to be bad news in the long run remains to be seen. With Chipman seemingly out as a candidate, this raises the chance that Biden will find someone equally anti-gun or even more at the head of the agency. And if Chipman gets a job that doesn’t require confirmation, he’ll still be part of an anti-gun administration working hard to undermine Second Amendment rights.

But the political reality is that losing Chipman’s appointment amounts to a major defeat for the gun control lobby, including anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety and its Moms Demand Action subsidiary, Alliance for Gun Responsibility with Seattle-based, the Giffords. well-funded anti-arms rights group and other organizations. Everyone worked to see Chipman take the helm of the ATF.

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Whether this will derail other gun control efforts that were promised by Joe Biden and Kamala Harris during the 2020 campaign is a possibility, even if it would be all speculation at the moment. With Biden’s attention focused on the Afghanistan disaster and the economy, coupled with the continuing problems of COVID-19, it may be that his arms control program will need to be shelved, at least for now.

In one of its regular emails on Sept. 3, Everytown told its supporters, “When we elected a Gun Sense president and a Gun Sense majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, we opened the door to a world new possibilities on gun safety.. In recent months, we have been working with the Biden administration on enforcement actions; lawmakers have lobbied for advancing gun safety legislation; and, more recently, pushed government agencies to address issues like ghost guns and arm braces ”.

But the key to achieving this may have been a confirmation from Chipman. With this seemingly out of the question, the arms prohibition movement and their allies in the White House and Capitol Hill will have to reorganize.

About Dave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor of and Liberty Park Press, author of numerous books on the right to keep and bear arms, and previously an NRA certified firearms instructor.