Mitch McConnell Praises Biden’s Decision to Withdraw Chipman Nomination

Former ATF Special Agent David Chipman delivers remarks during a press conference February 6, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence held a news conference to call on Congress to act on US President Barack Obama's plan to …
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On Thursday Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) lauded President Biden’s decision to withdraw the nomination of gun controller David Chipman.

McConnell tweeted:

Earlier on Thursday, Breitbart News noted widespread reports that Chipman’s nomination would be pulled.

Chipman’s nomination drew staunch opposition from pro-Second Amendment office holders, Donald Trump, Jr., the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

The NRA also fought against Chipman’s confirmation by running an ad campaign focused on pressuring Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) to side with pro-Second Amendment West Virginians instead of pro-gun control David Chipman.

Minority Leader McConnell also fought Chipman’s confirmation. On July 30, 2021, Breitbart News noted McConnell’s call for Biden to withdraw the Chipman nomination. McConnell was concerned over claims that Chipman had allegedly made a racist comment in 2007 about black applicants who passed an ATF exam.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkinsa weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. Reach him at You can sign up to get Down Range at


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