The NRA Opposes David Chipman for ATF Director

David Chipman
David Chipman is a gun-control extremist. IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- During a press conference on Thursday, President Biden announced that he would once again be targeting law-abiding gun owners by ordering ATF to develop two new restrictive regulations. Aiming to accessorize the Department of Justice’s anti-gun leadership team, Biden announced his nomination of gun control lobbyist David Chipman for Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

It’s hard to imagine choosing a nominee who is more hostile to the rights of American gun owners than Chipman.

Chipman is a Gun Control Extremist

David Chipman’s current employer, Giffords, co-founded by the United States Senator Mark Kelly, filed a brief in the landmark Second Amendment case, District of Columbia v. Heller. The brief argued that “The Second Amendment Does Not Limit the Options Available to Cities to Address the Problem of Gun Violence.” Notably, Giffords argued that the District’s complete ban on the possession of handguns by law-abiding Americans was constitutional. Such an interpretation would have completely eviscerated the Second Amendment.

This extremist view put Giffords sharply out of touch with the American people. Nearly, three-quarters of Americans at the time thought the Second Amendment “guaranteed an individual right to own gun.” For those who might think that Giffords has moved on from such extreme views, their law center’s website still proudly notes that they filed the brief arguing “that the right to possess a firearm is not based on an individual right of self-defense, but rather related to service in a militia based on the prefatory language in the Amendment.”

Chipman Wants to Target America’s Rifle

In October 2018, Chipman argued in favor of subjecting all AR-15s and potentially all semi-automatic rifles to regulation under the National Firearms Act. Beyond the problems of subjecting the most popular rifle in America to punitive taxation and registration, such a move would likely lead to a decade-long backlog in NFA registrations, effectively banning America’s rifle, firearm suppressors, and other firearms currently subject to NFA regulation.

ATF operates on a “normal” backlog of 9-12 months for NFA applications. Even with this backlog and despite the registry being nearly 90 years old, as of 2020 there were only 6.6 million firearms in the registry. And, in recent years ATF has had the capacity to process only about 350,000 NFA forms per year. Even using the most conservative estimate for the number of AR-15s in America, with ATF’s current forms processing capacity, the agency would clear the backlog in NFA forms sometime around 2070. And, that’s only if the agency didn’t process a single NFA form for a suppressor, short-barreled rifle, or other NFA firearm.

As an agent with ATF for over two decades, Chipman is familiar with the agency’s NFA form processing capacity. He likely sees such a delay as a feature rather than a defect.

Chipman reiterated his wish to subject existing AR-15s to the NFA in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” last year, but he further explained his position on future sales: “The biggest challenge we have is sheer numbers. It has been estimated that there are around 15 million assault rifles currently in circulation. I believe we should ban the future production and sale to civilians and afford current owners of these firearms the ability to license these particular guns with ATF under the National Firearms Act.”

Chipman Has Repeatedly Lied to Further his Gun Ban Agenda

Regular readers of NRA-ILA alerts are likely familiar with Chipman’s lies.

In 2019, we explained how Chipman was trying to mislead the public regarding firearms suppressors. He claimed that “The gun does not sound gun-like. It takes the edge out of the tone . . . This is how I would describe it: It makes a gun sort of sound like a nail gun.” As we said at the time, “The 30-35 dBA difference between a nail gun and a suppressed pistol will be perceived as at least eight times louder to the human ear.”

And, this wasn’t even the first time he lied about firearm suppressors. In 2017, Chipman claimed, “Anyone who has worked in law enforcement for as long as I have will tell you that silencers were not designed to protect hearing, they were designed to make it difficult for people to identify the sound of gunfire and locate active shooters.” Again, at the time, we set the record straight by pointing out that he was simply flat wrong regarding the design intent of firearm suppressors. “Unfortunately for Mr. Chipman, Hiram Percy Maxim, the designer of the firearm suppressor, made his design intent perfectly clear.  Maxim wrote “The Maxim Silencer was developed to meet my personal desire to enjoy target practice without creating a disturbance . . . I have always loved to shoot, but I never thoroughly enjoyed it when I knew that the noise was annoying other people. It occurred to me one day that there was no need for the noise. Why not do away with it and shoot quietly?” At the time, Chipman’s employer also received three “Pinocchios” from the Washington Post for another misleading claim about firearm suppressors.

In the same Reddit “Ask Me Anything” discussed above, Chipman made the absurd claim that “At Waco, cult members used 2 .50 caliber Barretts to shoot down two Texas Air National Guard helicopters. Point, it is true we are fortunate they are not used in crime more often. The victims of drug lords in Mexico are not so lucky. America plays a role in fueling the violence south of the border.” Needless to say, no helicopters were “shot down” “at Waco.”

In testimony before the House Judiciary Committee in 2019, Chipman claimed that the American gun market was “flooded” with “foreign-made ARs.” Anyone even remotely familiar with the American gun market knows that this claim is false. Not only are nearly all AR-15s made in America, but continued strong demand for ARs seems to also refute his notion that the market was “flooded.”

It is clear that, if confirmed, Chipman would use every tool at his disposal to attack the rights of law-abiding American gun owners.

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.


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Nun Ya
Nun Ya
1 month ago

Looks like somebody rammed him really really hard in the top lip with a big penis.

KDad
KDad
1 month ago

He just looks like a radical, gun-hating, loudmouth asshole !!

Scorpio
Scorpio
1 month ago

Just look at his eyes. Honestly, try to convince me that he isn’t completely unhinged and about to go postal!

OldGuy
OldGuy
1 month ago

I completely agree with the NRA, BATF Agent David Chapman is the wrong person to head the BATF.   When the same government employee is present at such events which end up being covered-up, there is something seriously wrong with our government and the manner in which any government treats its people, the term for this mal behavior is called, abuse of power.    Ruby Ridge is a fine example of entrapment and then multiple murders before an eventual $3.1 million court settlement; WACO was a total screw-up by all the BATF employees onsite and could easily have been handled… Read more »

mike
mike
1 month ago

dummy scamming joes pick you know he is anti gun. fucken commies want them all

JohnLloydScharf
JohnLloydScharf
1 month ago

Which is more absurd, arbitrary, ambiguous, or abusive? Which is more reality oriented? Babylon Bee or the racketeer influenced corrupt criminal organization known as the Democratic Party? 

pureamericana
pureamericana
1 month ago

This guy being associated with Waco,TX slaughter of innocent people over a fight the ATF went out of their way in starting should disqualify him from a leadership position. As their battle cry in Waco ” We are here to save the children ” resulted in killing off most of the congregation of Davidians.

Roland T. Gunner
Roland T. Gunner
1 month ago

“Afford us with the ability to register them”? How about FUCK YOU Mr. Chipman? You look like Gary Busse after a coke fueled week in Cabo.

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
1 month ago

One must consider the BUREAUCRACY of the ATF was ILLEGALLY set up. The FBI was set up ILLEGALLY by the reigning IRS director at the time. This alone makes the BUREAUCRACY or the ATF/BATF/BATFE to be an ILLEGAL department which should be IMMEDIATELY DEFUNDED!!!
CONGRESS IS THE ONLY BRANCH of OUR Government that can make Departments or change LAWS or give FUNDING to the MULTIPLE REPETATIVE departments.

hippybiker
hippybiker
1 month ago

Everyone should contact their Senators and tell them to Vote no on the appointment of this miserable mutt!

Dry gulched
Dry gulched
1 month ago

Why do libtards always have the crazy eyes? When people with guns say you don’t need guns, you need guns.

StLPro2A
StLPro2A
1 month ago
Reply to  Dry gulched

“Why do libtards always have the crazy eyes?”
Because as the observation goes….”Liberalism is a negative mental condition.”

Knute
Knute
23 days ago
Reply to  Dry gulched

“Why do libtards always have the crazy eyes?”
Ohhmmm…….. because they’re crazy? 🙂

SweetOlBob
SweetOlBob
1 month ago

It’s not just the NRA who should object to this guy ! It’s every legal gun owner in the United States and its Territories ! He is as close to an anti-gun nut as we have come so far ! Promoting from within the lying, Rule changing, test forging, BATFE is like training your own attack dog to bite you. The whole agency needs to be disbanded and replaced or have it’s responsibilities parceled out to other existing agencies. The BATFE is Self Policing, which means responsible to no one except themselves. Chipman is product of that irresponsibility ! All… Read more »

Beowulf
Beowulf
1 month ago

Won’t be surprised if we see another Waco/Ruby Ridge with this nut in charge.

Dave in Fairfax
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Dave in Fairfax
1 month ago
Reply to  Beowulf

Beowulf,

Just one?

Knute
Knute
23 days ago

I seem to remember his next date being May 17… IF he makes it, as you said.

Montana454Casull
Montana454Casull
1 month ago

He appears to be totally unhinged , he is the one who should not possess a gun or be put in any position of authority to determine the rights of others to possess firearms . Crazy dictators have no place in any position of power in our government .

uncle dudley
uncle dudley
1 month ago

This guy thinks of himself as a modern day Wyatt Earp and believes the only one who should have a firearm is law enforcement and you can’t come to town wearing a gun.
The fact he was involved with Ruby Ridge and Waco should be enough for any true American to say he is wrong for any government job however he tells lies as often as the president.

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
1 month ago
Reply to  uncle dudley

I am not sure ‘chipman’ was involved, however, I KNOW “AG” ‘barr’ WAS involved with Ruby Ridge and covered for the governmental ASSASSINS who MURDERED American Citizens!!!

APG member
APG member
1 month ago

I am astonished this murderous pig was not long ago promoted to attorney general for service to the regime…

Dry gulched
Dry gulched
1 month ago
Reply to  APG member

In a proper world him and reno and everyone involved in waco should have been drawn and quartered.

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
1 month ago
Reply to  APG member

“AG” ‘william/bill barr’ was appointed.

APG member
APG member
1 month ago
Reply to  Laddyboy

Laddyboy, you have missed my point entirely.

Lifesaber5
Lifesaber5
1 month ago

That guy looks pissed in literally every single photo I’ve seen him in.

RoyD
RoyD
1 month ago
Reply to  Lifesaber5

Many ugly people hate those who are not ugly. Both those that are ugly on the outside and those whose ugliness is within.

El Diablo
El Diablo
1 month ago

Regular dick Tracy

Terry
Terry
1 month ago
Reply to  El Diablo

Well, you’re right on the dick part!

Jaque
Jaque
1 month ago

Well by golly. Someone is alive at the NRA.

Knute
Knute
1 month ago
Reply to  Jaque

Yeah. The fundraising section! 🙂