Another loss for President Biden. On Monday, Biden officially withdrew his nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives(ATF) from consideration. His choice to nominate David Chipman to lead the ATF was met with immediate controversy over his past remarks and stances on gun issues.
President Biden has officially withdrawn David Chipman as ATF nominee. pic.twitter.com/p2ezvT9dKA
— Anders Hagstrom (@Hagstrom_Anders) September 13, 2021
The Daily Wire reports:
Chipman held a variety of fringe views, including suggesting that he does not believe that the Secret Service needed to use guns, supporting banning semi-automatic rifles, telling first-time gun owners only to use their firearms “if the zombies start to appear,” stating that he was open to the idea of allowing some convicted felons have their gun rights restored, and using dubious claims about the Waco siege to push for gun control.
Chipman was also accused of being racist towards black ATF agents, allegedly stating that they could not have passed an exam to become an Assistant Special Agent in Charge without cheating, and allegedly hiding statements from lawmakers.
The administration had indicated last week that they would pull Chipman’s nomination after Chipman failed to garner enough support from Democrats to lead the ATF.
In May, numerous House lawmakers wrote a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell opposing Chipman’s nomination, saying that Chipman’s “beliefs and hostile attitude toward the rights of gun owners are well known.”
Biden’s decision to withdraw Chipman from consideration is a major win for conservatives and Second Amendment advocates. Now the question becomes who will Biden nominate next?