The White House will withdraw its nomination for David Chipman to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms due to a lack of support from moderate Senate democrats.
Chipman, a former special agent at ATF and current gun control lobbyist, was immediately criticized upon his nomination because of his vocal anti-firearm position, Just the News reports. Moderate Senate democrats signaled to the Biden White House that they were against the choice, and it was unclear whether Chipman would have made it past a confirmation vote.
Senate republicans also opposed the nomination due to his anti-gun stance.
Glad to hear reports the White House is taking my advice and pulling the terrible nomination of David Chipman. Absurd that a vocal opponent of Americans' constitutional rights was ever picked to run ATF. This is a win for the Second Amendment and law-abiding American citizens.
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) September 9, 2021
David Chipman is an unhinged gun-grabber.
His defeat is a win for the Constitution—and a crushing loss for Joe Biden. pic.twitter.com/SlkpeGerGu
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) September 9, 2021
House republicans held the same view.
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) September 9, 2021
🚨🚨 Radical anti-gun nominee for the ATF David Chipman has been stopped. This is why we fight!https://t.co/ui19JBpVd8
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) September 9, 2021