President Joe Biden’s nominee to head the agency charged with the regulation of firearms, who has worked with gun control groups, has picked up support from one of the most politically imperiled senators up for reelection in 2022.
Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire said on Tuesday she plans to support David Chipman for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.
Chipman’s nomination, which was deadlocked in the Senate Judiciary Committee along party lines, has not been scheduled for a floor vote. With the Senate divided 50-50 and Vice President Kamala Harris casting tiebreaking votes, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is looking toward a handful of Democrats, who are still making up their minds about Chipman, ultimately to side with the president’s nominee.
Hassan had been among that group of undecided lawmakers from states with favorable gun laws.
“Sen. Hassan met with him and supports his nomination,”