President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is in hot water for his anti-gun comments.
David Chipman, Biden’s nominee to lead the federal agency, sparked controversy this week for saying he would support a ban on AR-15s. (Story continues below.)
“I support a ban as has been presented in a Senate bill and supported by the president. The AR-15 is a gun I was issued on ATF’s swat team and it’s a particularly lethal weapon and regulating it as other particularly lethal weapons, I have advocated for,” Chipman said.
Republicans reacted sharply to the news, including Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who called Chipman “Biden’s gun-grabber.”
The White House made Chipman’s nomination a key part of the gun control initiative rolled out earlier this year.
“ATF is the key agency enforcing our gun laws, and it needs a confirmed director in order to do the job to the best of its ability,” the White House said in a statement. “But ATF has not had a confirmed director since 2015. Chipman served at ATF for 25 years and now works to advance commonsense gun safety laws.”
Biden introduced gun control measures in April. The White House plan targets “ghost guns,” restricted certain gun modifications, and will lay out model “red flag” legislation for states to pass.
“The President is committed to taking action to reduce all forms of gun violence – community violence, mass shootings, domestic violence, and suicide by firearm,” the White House said in a statement. “Congress should close those loopholes and go further, including by closing ‘boyfriend’ and stalking loopholes that currently allow people found by the courts to be abusers to possess firearms, banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines, repealing gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability, and investing in evidence-based community violence interventions.”
Overall, the comments have become a rallying point for Republicans to oppose Biden’s anti-gun measures.
“What part of “shall not be infringed” do Democrats not understand?” Sen. Cruz said.