David Chipman, Biden’s ATF Nominee: A lifetime of Anti-Gun Activism ~ VIDEO

Editors Note 5/24/2021 This article has been updated to remove a supposed image sourced from the dailymail.co.uk that was reported by them as a photo of David Chipman at the Waco Siege. AmmoLand News has been unable to confirm the accuracy of that claim and out of an abundance of caution has removed that controversial image.

Florida, USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- David Chipman – President Joe Biden’s nominee for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives – is in trouble.

The entire gun community is rallying against his nomination, and for good reason.

Despite last-minute efforts to conceal his past – Chipman recently switched his Twitter account to private – there is a mountain of publicly available information about the man President Biden wants to oversee the ATF and its vast resources and regulatory authority. But he can not hide all of them and you can still read many of his tweets supporting gun control many here and here

David Chipman Hides his Twitter Account
David Chipman Hides his Twitter Account

Media interviews, congressional testimony, and stories he wrote himself paint a very clear picture about Chipman – a picture that should prove useful for lawmakers during his upcoming Senate confirmation hearings.

These accounts show that Chipman is a lifelong gun-control activist and that he does not let truth or facts get in the way when he is lobbying against gun rights.

David Chipman A Gun Control Activist

Not only does Chipman harbor strong anti-gun views, he has worked for two of the country’s largest and most active gun control organizations.

David Chipman LinkedIn Page 04-12-2021
David Chipman LinkedIn Page 04-12-2021

Up until the day President Biden nominated him to serve as director of the ATF, Chipman was the senior policy advisor for the Giffords gun control group — a position he held for five years.

Before joining the Giffords, he was a policy advisor for Everytown for Gun Safety. As a senior policy advisor, Chipman lobbied for gun control legislation and testified before Congress on behalf of his employers.

In 2019, he told the House Judiciary Committee that the American firearms market was “flooded” with foreign made ARs.

This claim is far from true.

With a few exceptions – very few—most ARs are manufactured in the United States.

This falsehood and several others led the National Rifle Association to say this about President Biden’s pick for the ATF:

“Chipman’s views on the Second Amendment and his work as a gun prohibitionist should disqualify him from serving as the Director of the ATF,” the NRA said in a written statement.

The NRA is not alone in their opinion.

Second Amendment Foundation founder Alan Gottlieb told the Washington Free Beacon Chipman is “a tool of the gun prohibition lobby he’s worked for and that his nomination is an attempt to politicize the ATF.”

“The bottom line is we will have the ATF working against gun owners rather than being a neutral government agency to enforce laws,” Gottlieb told the newspaper. “We’re probably going to have what I would consider to be a very rogue ATF. … Everybody in the whole firearms community and Second Amendment community is going to pull out all the stops to fight the confirmation.”

And Larry Keane, senior vice-president for Government and Public Affairs, Assistant Secretary and General Counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, pointed out in a column that millions of Americans have chosen to “take responsibility for their own safety in times of uncertainty when law enforcement is spread thin, prisons are being emptied and prosecutors are refusing to prosecute criminals. Gun control advocates like Chipman, are losing their minds.”

“They are seething mad the ‘unwashed masses’ of the American public would dare to think for themselves, take responsibility for their safety and exercise their rights. They’re losing influence and they know it. That’s why they’re throwing fits. They know they have lost a generation of fence sitters,” Keane wrote. “Don’t go away mad, Chipman. Just go away.”

David Chipman LinkedIn A Gun Banner

In 2018, Chipman said ARs “should be regulated like machine guns.”

“What I support is treating them just like machine guns,” Chipman told Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball. “To me, if you want to have a weapon of war, the same gun that was issued to me as a member of [the] ATF SWAT team, it makes sense that you would have to pass a background check, the gun would have to be in your name, and there would be a picture and fingerprints on file. To me, I don’t mind doing it if I want to buy a gun. These policies just protect the criminal. Like, I don’t think you should be able to anonymously purchase 20 AR-15s at one time, and the government shouldn’t know. I don’t think it’s unreasonable at all that you have to pass a background check to own a weapon of war.”

David Chipman No Respect for Law Enforcement

In January, in a guest editorial for the Roanoke Times, Chipman denounced Second Amendment sanctuaries and called sheriffs who refuse to enforce anti-gun law “renegades.”

“In response to a clear voter mandate for Virginia’s new legislature to pass gun safety laws, a wave of local governments in Virginia have declared that they are ‘Second Amendment sanctuary’ or ‘constitutional’ counties. These pledges from local officials to blatantly ignore gun safety laws are fueling wild falsehoods about government overreach, while also putting Virginians at risk from the very gun violence lawmakers have sworn to prevent,” Chipman wrote. “Renegade sheriffs and local officials are claiming that these sanctuary designations allow them to block regulations that violate gun owners’ freedoms. But the Second Amendment envisions firearms as being ‘well regulated,’ and individual sheriffs aren’t entitled to decide whether a particular regulation is constitutional — that’s the job of the courts.”

Ultimately, he wrote, the actions of these “renegade” sheriffs will result in more deaths.

“Survivors and families are precisely the vulnerable citizens Virginia’s sheriffs should prioritize protecting. Instead, across Virginia, their safety is being bargained away or simply ignored. It’s shameful that renegade sheriffs who swore oaths to protect the most vulnerable among us are choosing to neglect this duty and value unregulated access to guns above the lives of their neighbors,” Chipman wrote.

In September of last year, in an article he wrote for the Giffords blog titled “How to Build Credibility in Law Enforcement,” Chipman wrote that he recently “spent time this summer reflecting on the tragedies of George Floyd’s killing and the shooting of Jacob Blake and the many other shootings of Black men and women at the hands of law enforcement.”

“Instead of an openness to evaluating the actions of our colleagues in law enforcement and admitting missteps and misconduct with honesty and transparency, too often, there is silence—a silence which breeds complicity,” Chipman wrote.

David Chipman A True Believer in Micro-Stamping

Like most gun control activists, Chipman believes microstamping can reduce violent crime.

Microstamping involves the use of a laser to engrave identification numbers onto a gun’s firing pin – numbers which are then transferred onto the primer of a spent round, which proponents believe can then be recovered by police at a crime scene and traced back to the suspect’s gun.

“Intentional firearm microstamping offers an important addition to the tools available to law enforcement—it’s time to encourage firearm manufacturers to include this life-saving technology in their products,” he wrote in a 2019 article for Police Chief magazine.

Microstamping – it should be pointed out – can be erased in about five seconds with a simple nail file.

David Chipman Won’t let facts get in the way of a FAKE Good Story

According to Newsweek, in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” post last year, Chipman claimed that during the deadly 1993 siege at Waco, Texas, Branch Davidians shot down two helicopters.

“At Waco, cult members used two .50 caliber Barretts to shoot down two Texas Air National Guard helicopters,” Chipman wrote.

The Branch Davidian compound was ringed by media during the 51-day standoff. Not one journalist reported the loss of any helos.

David Chipman A Consummate Fudd

Chipman has mentioned in several interviews that he’s a “gun owner,” as if that lends his anti-gun views additional credibility.

Most gun owners know there is a term for gun prohibitionists who claim they also own guns – a Fudd.

For most people, the mere fact Chipman might own a pistol or two neither excuses nor negates a lifetime of gun-control activism.

Chipman did not respond to messages seeking his comments for this story.

About Lee Williams

Lee Williams, who is also known as “The Gun Writer”, has been writing about the Second Amendment, firearms, the firearms industry, and the gun culture for more than 10 years. Until recently, he was also an editor for a daily newspaper in Florida. Before becoming an editor, Lee was an investigative reporter at newspapers in three states and a U.S. Territory. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a police officer. Before becoming a cop, Lee served in the Army. He’s earned more than a dozen national journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. Lee is an avid tactical shooter.

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David Chipman is the next Lon Horiuchi: he needs to go into hiding because there’s now a price on his scalp. What a dirty, filthy sonofabitch.

Dubi Loo

Few things boil my blood more than disrespecting the dead. Chipman must be required to explain his “bad ass” posed photograph standing on the ashes of dead Christians.


@Dubi Loo – Couldn’t have said it better. Frankly I don’t care whether his victims were Christian though. Killing without extreme cause is simply wrong, and disrespecting your fallen enemies is also evil. Guess this made him a perfect spokesperson for “Everytown against human rights”.

As if we needed any more evidence that Chipman believes “might makes right” – and that violence should be a monopoly of the government, to be used liberally on any who oppose.


Punks like this bring out the very worst in an insurgency. The whole body count mentality creates a culture of unrestricted death and destruction on all sides. Always remember one thing. You may have your opponent outgunned and out manned but terrorism is the poor man’s nuke. If you are a federale your kids have to go to school, your wife has to shop, your parents have to live somewhere. Target families of the oppressed and they come at yours. That is what that picture represents to me. Unlimited and unending war. This time it is against his own countrymen.


Wow nrringlee. Have written similar in other forums and was pretty much universally denigrated for it. Far as I can know this is obviously the route to go if they push us to violence. My home is not set up, and I am not equipped or skilled enough to hold off a swat team in the middle of the night. If I can identify the individuals and track them home, I am however qualified to bar the doors and burn the house down. I am about the most peaceful, if not downright passive, person I know. However war is absolute.… Read more »


David Chimpman is a worthless, murdering, C**ksucker “He is truly scum of the lowest order!”


Biden would have just appointed another anti-gun scumbag ATF agent.


You speak as if there is some other kind out there.


I was off that day and had the news on when this raid went live. They had a reporter with them that was broadcasting live. There were things shown that day that as far as I know were never shown to the public again. What a shit show. But then it was a BATFE operation, wasn’t it.


Yes, they wanted, no needed, a big splashy raid to deflect some bad press and to also impress their new boss.


Very much like the time Chinese ambassadors were visiting the Clinton Whitehouse and the story broke that a container ship with full auto AKs from China was discovered at a dock in Cal. during the Clinton’s assault on gun rights. The Chinese delegates fled from the cameras as the story broke! Rumor was they were to go to American drug gangs to make the “Assault Weapon Problem ” look worse. I saw that on the news just one time.

Ej harbet

If you closely examine this picture you’ll notice burned human remains slightly below the center of the photo. This is a trophy photo.


First, welcome to Ammoland Lee.
second, Chipmunk is a lying POS, we’ll have trouble with this azzhole.


My mistake, welcome to SAF

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F Riehl, Editor in Chief

You had it right Lee is now working for both AmmoLand and SAF.


Question; WAS CHAPMAN AT RUBY RIDGE ALSO ???????????


Not sure about this GUTLESS WONDER. However, I understand ‘william/bill barr’ ran interference for the governmental ASSASSINS at Ruby Ridge. The KILLERS were never taken to court. Just as it seems that the “cop” that MURDERED the woman at the Capital Building will never be prosecuted!!


So, have you all called your Congressman and Senators to request that they work to get the decision to not charge changed? I did. Something about a fart in a whirlwind.


Birds of a feather flock together, I think the saying is. Of course this is a logical pick for “Mumble-Stumble” Biden! He was looking for someone as opposed to the 2nd Amendment as he is. Biden and his entire administration is the most corrupt clan of scumbags we have ever had in control of, and trying to destroy, the America that we know!


Inconceivable that anyone would take a trophy pic for the deeds done by ATF at that horror.
IF I had taken a photo like that I would be ashamed to let anyone know it, but apparently Chipmunk (go on, tell me he doesn’t look like one) seems to
think this is something to be proud of? Good Lord.


GEE! Here stands a man(?) in front of the Branch Davidian’s compound where MEN, WOMEN —– AND CHILDREN —– were either SHOT DEAD or BURNED TO DEATH! This is the man(?) that Xiden and Harass hopes to appoint to the ILLEGALLY INSTITUTED ATF bureaucracy by an IRS director?
COME ON MAAAANNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I wonder how many people Chipman shot at Waco…. He’s looking pretty bad-ass in that Waco trophy photo.

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What a prick. Gives a bad name to being law enforcement. Glad he is one of just a few.

APG member

One of the few?!?! Chapman represents the endemic problems with the culture of law enforcement today! For 25 years no good agent called him out, they promoted him! No other profession in the universe gets qualified immunity!!!

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Law enforcement has always been complicit but I hear “Back the Blue” (local. Federal, ATF, etc) from the right but scream bloody murder when talking about them coming for your guns. What if they were taking your son’s life? Your brother? Changes sh!t for real right. Well I feel like I’m already in a “SHTF” situation!!


I agree with you concerning local level. Not federal. I spent too many years watching these guys in the third world and in the border states to ever trust any federal law enforcement. Corrupt from top to bottom.

APG member

Not corrupt at the local level?!? Your white privilege is showing…


Definitely they are corrupted locally!! No ands or buts about that partner!!!


Most state, county, and city LEOs will cooperate with the feds to enforce the upcoming gun laws.


Every Wyoming county sheriff, every police chief, and the state police sided with Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety in arguing against legislation that would prevent them from cooperating with Federal authorities in enforcing the coming federal gun laws.

Protect defend serve

If restrictions are passed, the first arrests will be elected Republican law makers that refuse to yield unlawful executive orders or regulations. This will give Demos a majority in Senate to run rough shod over Americans. They will then pass radical agendas that will destroy America! All part of their plan


You forget that the vast majority of the clowns populating the Dem party are coffee house Bolsheviks, like Obama. Big words, no game. If our gummint starts arresting politicians over political issues, i.e. if our gummint goes Bolshevik then those of us in fly over America who have actually put rounds down range in the third world will be the core of an insurgency like the world has never seen.


In the photo of “A young Chipman”, there is an error “Brand Davidians”,
instead of “Branch Davidians”.


Chipman wrote that he recently “spent time this summer reflecting on the tragedies of George Floyd’s killing and the shooting of Jacob Blake and the many other shootings of Black men and women at the hands of law enforcement.” “Instead of an openness to evaluating the actions of our colleagues in law enforcement and admitting missteps and misconduct with honesty and transparency, too often, there is silence—a silence which breeds complicity,” Chipman wrote. This is probably the only factual statement I have heard recently from Biden’s nominee. And he’s right!! This is the reason I need my 2A rights supported… Read more »


And if you have the pu$$y to dislike this post; have the balls and put your name on it weak SOB!!! You remind me of the Jan. 6 insurrection: WEAK as sh!t!!!


I am curious as to why your children’s mother is not also “at risk?”


Because she’s a beautiful suburban college educated American white woman but she most definitely worries about her children and her husband!! So that’s why you dislike my earlier post Roy?


I haven’t given you a down vote in a long time. Not me.


Fair enough!


If it’s as bad as you portray. How is it possible you’re here posting about 2A rights. I would think the LEOs would have already shot you & family. Such nonsense. I have seen some unjustifiable shootings. And they involved people of all races. Just because the media highlights one race, doesn’t make your fear true. I didn’t down vote you , YET. But keep trying to sell the race theory. It’ll get a down vote every time. Here is a couple unjustified shootings. There are many more but not all are based on race. Most shootings are just bad… Read more »

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