Attorneys common from 20 states despatched a letter to the Senate on Tuesday, calling on lawmakers to reject David Chipman, President Biden’s nominee for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), over his affiliations with gun management organizations.
“The Second Modification is the cornerstone of the Invoice of Rights,” the letter, despatched to Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer, Minority Chief Mitch McConnell, Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Dick Durbin, opened. “It ensures our pure God-given proper to defend our lives, our households, our property, and our freedom. The affirmation of David Chipman to go the Division of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) is an assault on that proper and on the thousands and thousands of law-abiding gun homeowners throughout the nation.”
The GOP attorneys common, led by Montana’s Austin Knudsen, claimed Chipman was “unfit” to guide the company due to his “excessive positions on generally owned firearms” and involvement with “anti-gun organizations.”
Chipman is a 25-year veteran of the company and at the moment works as a coverage adviser at Giffords, a gun-control advocacy group, in keeping with NPR. The group was based by former Democratic U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, who was shot within the head in 2011, and her husband, U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz.
As a part of his work, Chipman has advocated for extra regulation of ghost weapons, which don’t require serial numbers.
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Simply days earlier than the Republican letter, 17 Democratic attorneys common wrote in favor of Chipman’s nomination. The letter claimed he’s “uniquely certified” for the place and is aware of the company “inside-and-out,” in keeping with The Hill.
Biden has made gun reform a central a part of his early presidency, in response to a number of mass shootings which have plagued the nation thus far this 12 months, together with in Boulder, Colorado; Atlanta and Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The White Home in an April assertion saying Chipman’s nomination wrote, “As a father, public servant, gun proprietor, and adorned legislation enforcement skilled Chipman has spent his life serving the general public, combating violent crime, and striving to make our nation and our communities safer day by day.”
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Along with Montana, the opposite states represented within the letter had been Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.