On Thursday Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) announced he will vote against President Joe Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), David Chipman.
Toomey suggested Chipman’s ties the gun control lobby would make it hard for the ATF to be “impartial in carrying out its duties” under his leadership.
“While I respect David Chipman’s nearly 25 years of experience as an ATF agent,” he said, “I fear that his subsequent vocal support for policies that limit the rights of law-abiding gun owners and his past criticisms of those in the firearm industry would compromise his ability to carry out ATF’s mission effectively.”
On June 22, 2021, Breitbart News noted Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) announced her opposition to Chipman and cited concerns similar to Toomey’s. She also pointed to statements Chipman “has made… that demean law-abiding gun owners.”
Fox News quoted Collins saying: