Democrats Urge President Biden to Nominate Another ATF Director

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In the wake of the failed nomination of David Chipman, Democrats are urging President Joe Biden to put forward another individual for ATF director.

Breitbart News reported that Biden withdrew Chipman’s nomination Thursday, while subsequently blaming Republicans and promising to continue the pursuit of more gun control. The Hill responded to the downfall of Chipman’s nomination by noting that the gun control lobby spends “tens of millions” of dollars on elections and still loses.

Politico reports that Democrat “centrists” in the Senate are calling on Biden to put forward another nominee.

For example, Sen. Angus King (I-ME), the senator who played a crucial role in the demise of Chipman’s nomination, made clear Monday he wants another nominee put forward and confirmed.

In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo Giffords Law Center Senior Policy Advisor David Chipman speaks at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on assault weapons on Capitol Hill in Washington. (The Biden administration is expected to nominate Chipman, a former federal agent and adviser at the gun control group Giffords, to be director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

In this September 25, 2019, file photo, Giffords Law Center Senior Policy Advisor David Chipman speaks at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on assault weapons on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

King said, “I hope it will be an ATF professional. And I would be delighted and I am very much [for it]. And I have a couple names.”

And Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) says the ATF “absolutely” needs a director.

Politico responded to the claim that Republicans sunk Chipman’s nomination by noting, “Chipman, and any other nominee, could be confirmed by the Senate if Democrats stuck together.”

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 and holds a PhD in Military History from Texas Tech University. His Instagram is: @awr_hawkins. Reach him at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. You can sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.

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