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Blackburn Rebukes Biden’s ATF Nominee Chipman’s Anti-Gun Agenda

  • June 25, 2021
  • /   Tennessee Star
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During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) expressed concerns over President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), David Chipman.

“Mr. Chipman is willing to lie to push his anti-gun agenda. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives deserves a better leader. Americans deserve a better leader,” Blackburn said of the concerning statements made by Chipman.

Chipman has deep ties to various anti-gun organizations and leaders. He extensively served as a lobbyist for Everytown for Gun Safety — an organization that supports background checks for all gun sales by licensed dealers. Additionally, Chipman co-authored a blog for Giffords calling for 50 caliber rifles to be regulated under the National Firearms Act.

During his testimony before the committee, Chipman demonstrated that he wished to ban all manufacturing and sales of assault weapons. But, he provided an extremely vague definition of an “assault rifle” that could include common hunting rifles.

“Mr. Chipman has an agenda. It would be abridging our Second Amendment rights. It would be banning semi-automatic rifles and sporting rifles for those 15.5 million Americans who have a hunting license,” Blackburn argued.

Throughout the country, 16 states have constitutional carry laws for the residents. In a past online interview, Chipman described these laws as “frightening” and said it is a “fear we should avoid.”

“Roughly 4 in 10 Americans report having a registered firearm in their residence, and nearly every major study has found that firearms are used in self-defense between a half million and 3 million times each year. That is the right of American citizens. Mr. Chipman has demonstrated through his testimony that he will neither respect nor protect the right to bear arms,” Blackburn explained.

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Cooper Moran is a reporter for the Star News Network. Follow Cooper on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected]


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