Biden set to nominate gun-control advocate as next ATF head: report

Biden set to nominate gun-control advocate as next ATF head: report


President Biden is set to nominate an official from a top gun-control group to head up the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, a report said Wednesday, as the commander-in-chief looks to tamp down mass shootings across the country.

David Chipman, a former ATF special agent now serving as a senior policy adviser at Giffords — an advocacy group founded by former congresswoman and mass-shooting survivor Gabrielle Giffords — will get the nod, two sources familiar with Biden’s thinking told The Washington Post.

A Detroit native, Chipman previously spent 25 years with ATF, and is an expert on topics including ghost guns and assault weapons, according to a profile on Giffords’ website.

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If confirmed, Chipman would be the first Senate-approved leader appointed to the ATF since 2013.

Chipman is a former ATF special agent that is now a senior policy adviser at the advocacy group Giffords.Alex Wong/Getty Images

Biden is expected to formally announce Chipman’s nomination on Thursday,

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