BREAKING: Biden Nixes Chipman’s Nomination to Head ATF

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The Associated Press is reporting that president Joe Biden is going to pull the nomination of David Chipman for Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Chipman was picked specifically because he is a dogged advocate for tougher gun laws. Chipman, a former ATF agent, currently serves as the senior policy advisor for the anti-gun organization Giffords

Apart from maybe Shannon Watts and Michael Bloomberg, the Biden Administration couldn’t have selected a more anti-gun prospect for the position. 

Letting Chipman run the ATF would be putting the proverbial fox in charge of the hen house.  

Details as to why the Biden administration is now nixing his nomination have yet to come to light. But to say that Chipman was a flawed candidate would be an understatement.

Apart from fierce resistance from pro-gun GOP lawmakers, Chipman insulted gun owners, refused to define the term “assault weapons during a Senate committee hearing,” allegedly said racist remarks about coworkers, and may have even lost his duty gun while working for the agency.

Alan Gottlieb, the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, celebrated the news, crediting gun owners for getting involved to stop Chipman’s ascent.

“I want to thank every gun owner and concerned voter who contacted their Senators and helped us stop this dangerous nominee from being confirmed,” said Gottlieb in an email to GunsAmerica. This is a great grassroots victory for the Second Amendment. Gun rights lobby: 1, Biden gun ban lobby: 0!”

On the other side of the gun divide, Ms. Watts was clearly disappointed.

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About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Jim Parker September 10, 2021, 11:01 am

    Another example of Biden’s lack of executive experience. It’s why his presidency is a clown show. Great presidents don’t always make great appointments or nominations, but they know when to cut bait. Biden waited way too long to pitch Chipman’s nomination. All the political damage has already been done and neither side, left or right is happy with Biden over it.

  • Chris September 10, 2021, 9:30 am

    Ms Shannon Watts when you wake up , please do us all favor and watch the news, so you have some kind of idea about what is going on in this world. You state that President Biden has always been in support of Gun safety and stoping Gun violence. Please !!!! Ask the people of Afghanistan how they feel about machine guns, rpgs, laws rockets , explosives devices left by your President to be found by children, and evil men.

  • Wmn Louie September 10, 2021, 8:27 am

    Another misfire from the socialist left wingers. These felon friendly advocates needs to experience what they preach & it would be a 360 degree turnaround.

  • Pete Farris September 10, 2021, 6:08 am

    Biden’s grousing was to be expected, but opposition to Chipman was not party specific. Licensed gun dealers have law abiding individuals as their customers. Criminals, by definition of their “profession”, do not acquire guns legally from licensed dealers. But Biden and Chipman, et al., want to make it more difficult for non-criminals to buy guns. Go figure!

  • Richard September 10, 2021, 4:39 am


  • Blue Dog (he/him) September 9, 2021, 6:23 pm

    Enjoy the victory for now. The next nominee won’t be any less willing to make adjustments to gun violence policy than was David Chipman. The so-called swamp is filled with potential public servants willing to champion the cause of common sense solutions to the gun violence crisis in our American streets.

    • Travis September 10, 2021, 6:47 am

      We will hang them all for treason and violation of the Constitution. You’re welcome to join them.

    • Dr Motown September 10, 2021, 7:37 am

      Hey, Blue Dog: since you and Chipman share the same basic ignorance about firearms and weapons mechanisms, I think you ought to call up Sleepy Joe and throw your hat into the ring! We would all love to see your alleged credentials and expertise vetted publicly😂

    • Frank September 10, 2021, 8:35 am

      As a general rule, I usually ignore Pinko Dog’s (tyranny/granny) drivel, but this one is too comical. Firstly, I’d like for “it” to produce some “violent guns”. Aside from my own, I suppose I’ve handled thousands, but have yet to see a “violent” one… or one that’s in a “crisis”! They just lie there contentedly until manipulated by an outside force. I have however, seen quite a few “violent” PEOPLE and am pretty sure some of them were either in a “crisis”, or doing their best to create one. With regard to the “so-called” swamp, perhaps (tyranny/granny) can go drain it for us… (well armed with a social worker of course).

    • John Boutwell September 10, 2021, 10:26 pm

      As always you know nothing of which you speak.

    • Shanz September 12, 2021, 7:29 pm

      She/ her/commy is back. We missed you. Always good for a laugh.

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