For Immediate Release: June 24, 2021
Contact: Ryan Hite, Communications Director
Even Democrats Oppose Chipman as Divisive, Feckless, and Too Political
Washington, D.C.: Today the Senate Judiciary Committee punted the nomination of David Chipman as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF). Despite a tied committee vote, Democrats pulled Swamp maneuvers to push Chipman to a full floor vote in the upper chamber.
“David Chipman is the most divisive, widely opposed nominee to date — and for good reason,” said Ed Martin, president of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles. “Republicans, many Democrats, and even former bureaucrats agree: David Chipman is a rabid partisan and wasn’t even a good field agent.”
Former ATF agents and leadership condemn Chipman as well, citing that he’s “too political to lead an unbiased agency.”
“Chipman has seemingly worked for every major anti-gun lobby since leaving the ATF,” continued Martin. “He has taken every conceivable anti-Second Amendment position available. He has a history of insulting and name-calling gun owners.”
Martin concluded: “Plain and simple, David Chipman is a radical lobbyist who is unfit to lead a regulatory agency. Republicans know it. Democrats know it. Even bureaucrats know it. Every Senator ought to weigh these facts and the response from their constituency as this controversial vote looms over them. David Chipman is unfit to lead the ATF.”