Democratic senators from gun-friendly states sink Biden’s embattled ATF pick

Democratic senators from gun-friendly states sink Biden’s embattled ATF pick


David Chipman’s nomination to serve as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives had been languishing for months in the Senate, where Democrats knew he lacked the votes within their own party to win confirmation.

Finally, this past week, the Biden administration pulled the plug on Chipman. Now, the president will have to come up with a new nominee who can defy the odds and win Senate approval to head one of the most divisive agencies in the federal government.

President Joe Biden blamed Republicans for dooming Chipman’s approval, saying in a statement Thursday, “They’ve moved in lockstep to block David Chipman’s confirmation.”

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Chipman is a former ATF agent and a vocal gun control advocate. He works for Giffords, led by former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was grievously injured in a 2011 mass shooting while holding a constituent event in Tucson, Arizona.

The group lobbies for stronger gun control

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