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President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is David Chipman, a longtime BATF special agent and fierce advocate for gun control, the perfect guy to head an agency that enforces gun laws and regulations for an anti-gun administration.
He is a senior policy adviser at the organization led by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who became a gun control advocate after being shot in 2011.
For his part, Chipman says on his LinkedIn profile that he is a “Violent Crime Reduction Strategist,” “Certified Explosives Specialist” and “Interagency Liaison Specialist.” His expertise, he says, includes ghost guns, the gun industry, law enforcement and assault weapons.
Biden has directed his administration to attack so-called ghost guns, which are handmade or self-assembled guns without serial numbers, and pistol braces.
Chapman left the BATF in 2012, and became a senior adviser at Everytown for Gun Safety, then he became senior vice president of Public Safety Solutions before joining Giffords as a senior policy adviser in 2016.
“As a former ATF special agent with more than 24 years of experience at the bureau, I know all too well how serious our gun violence problem is and how desperately the agency lacks for the law enforcement tools that are necessary to help curb this national epidemic,” Chipman wrote in a 2013 Politico op-ed.
The country’s gun safety laws, he wrote at the time, “make it all too easy for guns to fall into the wrong hands – and since Congress has failed to address these gaps legislatively, ATF must chart a new course to combat the scourge of gun violence. This requires strong leadership.”
In a 2019 interview with PBS NewsHour, Chipman also supported limiting high-capacity magazine.
“Talking to any gun owner, a 100-round magazine is just not traditional. It’s not normal. And I can’t think of a purpose, beyond killing a lot of people, for having it,” he said. “So if the debate is, should it be 10 or what have you, it can’t be 100. And so I think there’s room where we can have progress, although we will not have perfection.”
It seems to us Chipman is just another leftist bureaucrat who is quite sure that what he believes is what is best for law-abiding Americans; that the Second Amendment really is just advisory despite the “shall not be infringed” language.
The ATF, an embattled agency constantly under fire because of its war on gun owners and the firearms industry, has been without a permanent director since 2015. With any luck at all, that will continue and Chipman will not be confirmed.