The Commander-in-Chief announced Thursday that President Biden has nominated David Chipman, a former federal agent, and adviser to the Giffords arms control group, as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Chipman will replace Regina Lombardo, ATF’s deputy director. During his tenure as a senior policy adviser at Giffords, he worked hard to further regulations and sanctions on ghost weapons, changes to the history control system, and measures to reduce illegal firearms smuggling.
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David Chipman Background & Career
Chipman remained an agent with ATF for 25 years. Throughout his career, he worked to stop a smuggling gang that sent illegal firearms from Virginia to New York, and served on the ATF’s SWAT team.
Chipman owns a gun, according to The Associated Press.
He was an explosives expert and part of the team involved in the Oklahoma City bombing and the first World Trade Center bombing investigation. He also investigated a series of church bombings in Alabama in the 1990s. He retired from ATF in 2012.
Chipman, who lives in Washington, D.C., hails from Detroit and attends university at the American University, according to Giffords biography. He received a master’s degree in management from Johns Hopkins University.
Gun control advocates stressed the importance of the ATF director’s role in enforcing gun laws, and Chipman will certainly receive praise from this group.
On the same day, Biden announced Chipman’s nomination and announced half a dozen executive actions aimed at addressing the spread of gun violence across the country, which he called “an epidemic and an international shame”.
“The idea that there are so many people in America who die from gun violence every day is a flaw in our character as a nation,” Biden said in a speech at the White House.
He explained that he was tightening regulations for “phantom guns” buyers – homemade firearms with no serial numbers, often assembled from parts and often used to track them down. Also, a proposed rule that is expected to come out within 60 days will tighten regulations for pistol fixing wires similar to those used in Boulder, Colorado, in a shot that resulted in 10 deaths last month.
We are thrilled about the nomination of David Chipman to head the ATF. David will be an invaluable point person as this administration looks to fight illegal gun trafficking and end the special treatment of the gun industry. pic.twitter.com/pemyNaW9J9
— Everytown (@Everytown) April 8, 2021
The gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety tweeted that Chipman’s candidacy was “excited”.
According to the Everytown tweet, “David will be an invaluable person as this administration is trying to fight against illegal arms trafficking and end the special treatment of the arms industry.
Brady, the armed violence prevention group, also praised Chipman’s nomination. The organization’s head, Kris Brown, said in a statement that Chipman “understands that preventing armed violence requires an ATF that can fully fulfill its task.”
“Chipman’s background in ATF and his expertise in preventing gun violence make him a unique choice for this nomination,” said a long-time gun control advocate.
Stating that his organization’s support for Chipman has not been questioned, Brown said, “Brady calls on the United States Senate to approve him without delay.”
Meanwhile, Tim Schmidt, president and founder of the US Secret Transport Association (USCCA), said it was “deeply disturbing” for Biden to nominate someone who opposed his “record number of Americans who embraced their rights to self-protection”.
“It’s our hope that the Senate will carefully review this nomination and consider how confirming a lobbyist and advisor for one of the country’s most fervent anti-gun groups to now run the ATF will make America a safer place,” Schmidt continued in an emailed statement to Fox News. “We don’t believe it will.”
And Mark Oliva, director of public relations at the National Shooting Sports Foundation, said Chipman’s nomination was “a clear politicization of the bureau that regulates the firearms industry.”
“Mr. Chipman was a registered lobbyist for the gun control group Everytown before Giffords joined gun control in 2019,” Oliva told Fox News. “The idea of a gun control front official guiding the agency to regulate firearms is unacceptable.”
“If President Trump hires a firearms industry to lead the ATF during his tenure, arms control groups will buzz,” Oliva said.
“This is a troubling reversal of years of proactive safety cooperation between ATF and the firearm community,” he continued. “The men and women of ATF have a difficult enough mission, they deserve a leader without a political agenda.”