BREAKING: Biden's pick for ATF director has worked for two national anti-gun groups

David Chipman is a retired ATF agent who is a senior policy advisor for Giffords and a former advisor for Everytown for Gun Safety.

President Biden’s pick to run the ATF, David Chipman, alongside former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Chipman is a senior policy adviser for Gifford’s gun control group, and a former senior advisor to Everytown for Gun Safety.

President Biden is expected to name David Chipman as the next director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tomorrow at a press conference, during which the President will also outline more anti-gun executive orders.

Chipman currently serves as a senior advisor to Giffords, according to his LinkedIn page — a position he has held for the past five years.

Chipman was a senior advisor for Everytown of Gun Safety from July 2012 to July 2013.

To say that Chipman has anti-gun views would be a massive understatement.

In 2018, he said ARs “should be regulated like machine guns.”

"What I support is treating them just like machine guns," Chipman told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball. "To me, if you want to have a weapon of war, the same gun that was issued to me as a member of [the] ATF SWAT team, it makes sense that you would have to pass a background check, the gun would have to be in your name, and there would be a picture and fingerprints on file. To me, I don't mind doing it if I want to buy a gun. These policies just protect the criminal. Like, I don't think you should be able to anonymously purchase 20 AR-15s at one time, and the government shouldn't know. I don't think it's unreasonable at all that you have to pass a background check to own a weapon of war." 

In January, in a guest editorial for the Roanoke Times, Chipman denounced Second Amendment sanctuaries and called sheriffs who refuse to enforce anti-gun law “renegades.”

In response to a clear voter mandate for Virginia’s new legislature to pass gun safety laws, a wave of local governments in Virginia have declared that they are ‘Second Amendment sanctuary’ or ‘constitutional’ counties. These pledges from local officials to blatantly ignore gun safety laws are fueling wild falsehoods about government overreach, while also putting Virginians at risk from the very gun violence lawmakers have sworn to prevent,” Chipman wrote. “Renegade sheriffs and local officials are claiming that these sanctuary designations allow them to block regulations that violate gun owners’ freedoms. But the Second Amendment envisions firearms as being ‘well regulated,’ and individual sheriffs aren’t entitled to decide whether a particular regulation is constitutional — that’s the job of the courts.”

Ultimately, he wrote, the actions of these “renegade” sheriffs will result in more deaths.

“Survivors and families are precisely the vulnerable citizens Virginia’s sheriffs should prioritize protecting. Instead, across Virginia, their safety is being bargained away or simply ignored. It’s shameful that renegade sheriffs who swore oaths to protect the most vulnerable among us are choosing to neglect this duty and value unregulated access to guns above the lives of their neighbors,” Chipman wrote.

And as you’d imagine, Chipman is a strong supporter of Red Flag laws.

“Take extreme risk protection order laws, which enjoy the broad support of 89% of Americans, including Republican local, state, and federal legislators around the country. Currently law in 17 states and the District of Columbia, extreme risk laws have been used to temporarily remove guns from individuals in crisis, including teens planning school shootings, adults threatening workplace violence, and individuals at elevated risk of attempting suicide. There’s enormous evidence that these laws fulfill a critical need to stop mass shootings before they happen and have saved many lives from suicide,” he wrote.

In my humble opinion, President Biden is sending a clear message by nominating Chipman to run the ATF.

Biden is coming after our guns, and he is going to use every means possible to get them.

As always, thanks for your time.

Lee



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