During the Senate hearing, President Biden’s nominee to lead the ATF came out in defense of banning America’s most popular firearm. Chipman made the admission while Senator Cruz grilled him on the subject.
“With respect to the AR-15, I support a ban as has been presented in a senate bill and supported by the president,” Chipman told Senator Ted Cruz. Chipman would continue “The AR-15 is a gun I was issued on the ATF’s SWAT team, and it’s a particularly lethal weapon. Regulating it as other particularly lethal weapons, I have advocated for. As ATF director, if I’m confirmed, I would simply enforce the laws on the books, and right now there is no such ban on those guns.”