Take a bow--and keep calling your members of Congress! Your calls and messages to your Senators helped force President Biden to pull the nomination of gun control activist David Chipman to lead the ATF, after Senate moderates objected to him — handing Biden a key defeat on a platform promise to tighten federal gun policies.
Chipman’s nomination to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is the second major Biden nomination to flop. Neera Tanden, Biden’s nominee to be White House budget director, was yanked in March after an uproar over attack tweets she issued against the very senators whose votes were needed for confirmation.
Biden said in a statement that Chipman would have been an “exemplary” director and he blamed Republican senators for the nomination’s failure, even though it was Democratic senators who doomed Chipman.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, applauded the news. “Mr. Chipman’s long record as a partisan, anti-Second Amendment activist raised plenty of concerns about how he’d administer federal firearms laws,” Grassley said.