Chipman Confirms: ‘I Support a Ban’ on America’s Most Popular Rifle

David Chipman, who hopes to become the next ATF director, admitted he supports a ban on the AR15 rifle during Senate questioning. (YouTube, C-SPAN)

U.S.A.-( Under intense questioning by Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans, Joe Biden’s nominee to become head of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives acknowledged during a hearing Wednesday that if he is confirmed, David Chipman acknowledged he would ban the AR15, which currently is the most popular rifle in America.

Chipman, who is a senior policy advisor for the Giffords gun prohibition lobbying group, told Sen. Ted Cruz, “With respect to the AR-15, I support a ban as has been presented in a Senate bill and supported by the president. The AR-15 is a gun I was issued on ATF’s SWAT team and it is a particularly lethal weapon, and regulating it as other particularly lethal weapons I have advocated for.”

The exchange is the subject of a tweet from the National Rifle Association. NRA strongly opposes Chipman’s confirmation, as do other gun rights groups. The fight to prevent his confirmation could be one of the most intense in recent Capitol Hill history.

As reported by The Hill, ranking Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa asserted Chipman has “misled” the public about semiautomatic modern sporting rifles. Grassley criticized the nominee’s “contempt to which he seems to view ordinary Americans who buy and carry firearms.”

The New York Times quoted Grassley’s other scathing remark about Chipman.

“Many see that putting a committed gun control proponent, like David Chipman, in charge of A.T.F. is like putting a tobacco executive in charge of the Department of Health and Human Services, or Antifa in charge of the Portland police department,” Grassley observed.

Chipman worked at ATF for more than 20 years, retiring in 2012. Since then, he has become an outspoken gun control proponent. His nomination by Biden suggests the president wants someone with a gun control track record to be running the agency responsible for enforcing firearms regulations.

As noted by USA Today and others, Chipman spent time on the ATF’s SWAT team.

During Chipman’s exchange with Sen. Cruz, the Texas lawmaker sternly reminded him, “The AR-15 is one of, if not the most popular rifle in America. It’s not a machine gun, it’s a rifle.”

Gun prohibitionists have been characterizing the AR15 and other modern sporting rifles as “weapons of war” in an effort to demonize them with the public. The term “assault rifle” is widely considered a creation of anti-gunners, and under questioning, Chipman evaded attempts by Republicans to have him define what he considers an “assault rifle” to be.

According to the New York Times, “Biden’s selection of Mr. Chipman came after an intense lobbying campaign by gun safety organizations…and other gun control activists who identified him as their top choice for the job soon after November’s election.”

But those unidentified “gun safety” organizations are false fronts, according to Second Amendment activists, because they’re not interested in safety at all, but in control or prohibition. Within the firearms community, true “gun safety” organizations are those that actually have instructors who teach firearms safety, such as the NRA or the U.S. Concealed Carry Association.

“The White House was initially reluctant to select a nominee who would provoke such intense opposition,” the New York Times acknowledged, “but Mr. Biden decided he needed to make a bold move after the mass killings in the Atlanta area and Boulder this year, White House officials said.”

Millions of American citizens own AR15s and similar semi-auto rifles.

They are used for a variety of activities, including predator and varmint hunting, competition, recreational shooting and home defense. Chipman’s acknowledgment that he supports banning those rifles could cause trouble during confirmation proceedings.

However, the New York Times suggested Democrats may have the votes to confirm, provided one or two Republicans jump ship. If there is a tie, Vice President Kamala Harris—herself a perennial anti-gunner—would cast the deciding vote in a 50-50 Senate.

As noted by the NY Times, “It is not even clear if Democrats have the votes necessary to clear him out of the committee without resorting to procedural maneuvers.”

By no small coincidence, as Chipman’s hearing was unfolding, it was reported that a mass shooting had occurred in san Jose, California. Gun control groups have wasted no time in trying to exploit the incident and tie it to the Chipman confirmation.

The billionaire-backed Alliance for Gun Responsibility, a Seattle-based gun prohibition group, sent an email blast stating, “News of a mass shooting interrupted the confirmation hearing for the nominee to serve as director of the only federal agency responsible for addressing gun violence.

“We should be able to go to work, take public transit, go grocery shopping, attend a concert, and live our lives free from the fear of gun violence,” the group insisted, after which it quickly solicited contributions “to honor the victims…”

About Dave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms, and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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Deplorable Bill

Last I checked tyranny and treason still carry the death sentence. What this man is saying goes directly against the constitution and thus his oath of office. The atfe should be disbanded and made to pay for every weapon they confiscated, every second class citizen they and their lawyers ever made, for everyone they assaulted and arrested and jailed without bail then tried for every person they had a hand in murdering. I remember Waco, where this pro communist pos was photographed on site. He had a hand in 79 innocent men, women and children burning to death on live… Read more »


waco and ruby ridge both criminal actions by government agencies ,and non of the criminals went to jail out of control and the talk about 3,5,9 as big deal government has been attacking indigenous peoples too, dont tow their line you are a target


One small problem with your post. The 1/4″ too short was a myth. I asked Randy Weaver IN PERSON when he was visiting my home one day about that. His answer was “Hell no, I cut it off right in front of the handguard…what difference should it have made what length it was?” He used to live about 25 minutes from me and we became good friends before he moved to Montana to be with two of his daughters and grand children. This picture was taken at his home in Bergman Arkansas when I was visiting one day.

Last edited 1 year ago by CourageousLion

Did you watch part of it. Did you see he couldn’t answer the first, second, third time what an assault weapon was. Then when questioned by another person with the same question and being told that the legislator couldn’t confidently vote for someone to take a position who could not define what an assault weapon was when that would be a main part of what his job entailed he finally broke down and said an assault weapon is ” ANY WEAPON THAT TAKES A MAGAZINE”. There you have it. Not just AK or AR, “ANY WEAPON THAT TAKES A MAGAZINE”… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by musicman44mag

FOID cards are unconstitutional, as ruled by a recent court. It is like a poll tax. Thus, it is illegal to register Gun Owners, and it is also against the 1986 law against gun registries. Lefty crooks want the whole pie, not caring about what is Constitutional. They want bans, registries, licenses, etc. They work the long game and keep pushing for more. In the changing definition of receivers and ghost guns, they define “readily” to mean 8 hours in a fully functional machine shop… which would not only cause issues for 80% receivers, but reclassify all semi autos as… Read more »


It amazes me how many things are unconstitutional or illegal but they still make the laws and enforce them like a law that says it is illegal for you to transport a firearm or take a firearm out of your home. It’s all so crazy. Is our government so strong and powerful that they can no longer follow the will of the people? Some how we need to make that stop and I don’t understand how the people let it happen in the first place. It’s all so crazy. Here in Oregone, pot is now legal, illegal aliens are legal,… Read more »


‘Soap box, ballot box, cartridge box’ – Abraham Lincoln. Connect the dots…


@m: How did it happen? Most Americans were “ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL” of a careening, out of control, car – government!


How do we make it stop? I think Ivan Throne said it rather succinctly. There are countless articles and commentators and pundits who fence and tangle, who tumble and roll the slogans and platitudes of gun control, civilian disarmament, public safety, gun violence epidemics, commonsense restrictions, loopholes, Second Amendment rights and other sophisticated and nuanced and ultimately irrelevant sophistries that dance around and completely avoid the blunt and brutally honest point of lethal, military grade weapons in the hands of civilians. They are in those hands for one purpose, and one purpose only. That purpose is cold, unmistakable and ruthless.… Read more »


@musicman44mag and Arizona: Maryland, “the free state”, does not have a FOID card, per say. Maryland has labeled their FOID card —- a “HANDGUN QUALIFICATION LICENSE”. This EXPENSIVE LICENSE is nothing but a TAX upon a specific group of Americans. THIS TAX MAKES IT ILLEGAL from the get-go!


They don’t seem to care…maybe it is time for them to feel the pain.


I’d venture to say that if you had the internals for an FA AR15 and a jig for the extra hole and could mill out the receiver that little bit extra that maybe, just maybe it would take you a 1/2 hour. So yes, we have an issue here with “readily convertible” in 8 hours. I could readily convert my car into a weapon in less then five minutes by driving over the face of Shitman. Any “law” is tyranny if there is no VICTIM involved. ANY law that is in existence that criminalizes an act or ommission where there… Read more »


THE most popular rifle in America today, and no fear of telling us they will take them. I am hoping someone explains the US Constitution to them before things get difficult.


Too late. Things will most certainly get difficult. The war simply hasn’t gone hot yet. We are in the beginning of our second war of independence, against a post – Constitutional marxist government.


True. This war was declared with the publication of the Prairie Fire Manifesto in 1973. It has raged unrestrained while supposed conservatives and Republicans stood idly by and watched our institutions fall to Progressive New Left assaults. The schools, the federal, state and local bureaucracies, many of our churches, most of our fraternal organizations and most importantly of all Corporate America are all now firmly in the grasp of the Progressive New Left and its nefarious ideology. Chipman, being a perfect Eichmann, knows that it won’t take much to put most of America on its knees. There are so few… Read more »


The revolutionary war was fought by 3% of the population. If you think that 7-8 million pissed off of the 350 million that live in this country won’t be a problem to “them”…well you’ll have another thing coming. As for ONLY 7-8 million? Don’t forget…SEVENTY FOUR million are stewing right now buying ammo, bullets, powder, primers, rifles and who knows what else because they are PISSED OFF ABOUT the turd that stole the election getting away with it so far. So my prediction is it will be more like 20 or 30 MILLION who are going to say…MOLON LABE. Meet… Read more »

uncle dudley

If this worthless piece of crap gets confirmed it just shows how the congress doesn’t give a damn about the constitution and anyone who votes for him should be voted out of office come their next election.


Sorry to break it to ya, but 1) 98% of Congress are corrupt sellouts who don’t care about their oaths or the Constitution, 2) the America you grew up in doesn’t exist anymore, 3) votes don’t matter; elections are rigged.


True, true and true. We live in an age where truth is a precious and hidden commodity. Most are happy to have their ears tickled by sooth sayers of the major parties as the forces of evil marshal outside of the walls. Those who are on watch are held in contempt and are oppressed and vilified by their own gummints. For America it is Revival or Bust. Our founders knew that our nation is a nation by and for the faithful. When the God shaped hole in the hearts of Americans gets filled with the false the true has little… Read more »


Congress hasn’t cared about the constitution in several generations.


Unfortunately I feel that you are right. Sad state our America is in right now and most of it started with people like Kommiefornians and fienstein.

American Cynic

The 2ndAmendment is the backbone under which all other of our freedoms are based. That may sound a little violent, that we would have defend our freedom with gun fire, but that is the reality of the matter. At some point, if we are not willing to embrace that fact, we will surely become concubines of a Leftist regime. Does that sound extreme to you? Ask the Russian people. Ask the Chinese people. Ask the Cuban people. Ask the Venezuelan people. Ask anyone who is living under an oppressive regime where people are powerless to exercise their God given freedoms.… Read more »


There are countless articles and commentators and pundits who fence and tangle, who tumble and roll the slogans and platitudes of gun control, civilian disarmament, public safety, gun violence epidemics, commonsense restrictions, loopholes, Second Amendment rights and other sophisticated and nuanced and ultimately irrelevant sophistries that dance around and completely avoid the blunt and brutally honest point of lethal, military grade weapons in the hands of civilians. They are in those hands for one purpose, and one purpose only. That purpose is cold, unmistakable and ruthless. It is to enable free men and women to rise up and butcher tyrants… Read more »


I laugh every time I hear a demonkkkrat say commonsense. LOL


You have to get them to think first. Not having common sense blocks the ability to think and analyze properly IMO.

I’m not and others aren’t all caught up on your God statement but I have said multiple times that it is instinctual to protect yourself which is a proven scientific fact. I say this because everyone should be included in the right for self protection but the most important part is actually IT IS A SCIENTIFIC FACT!

Why?, because they think we should follow the science. Hoop there it is!!!!!!




Laddy – one could ‘almost’ conclude from your statement that ‘restraining orders’ don’t work!
Carolyn Bown is unavailable for content – and neither is Earl from the dixie chicks (hack ptui) song from a while back.


FEAR OF WHAT IS RIGHT! What are you afraid of? I will tell what I fear, the erosion of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights without due process in which the foundations of this country have existed upon for over two centuries. The re-interpretation, and the re-defining of these original documents is a perverted insult to the legal citizens of the United States. Many U.S. Families, including mine, since the inception of these documents have shed their blood to protect these foundations, and continue to do so in the present day. Our forefathers did not arm the American people… Read more »

Deplorable Bill

That is good and clear enough to put things into perspective for all. It’s amazing that we are not already in a shooting civil war already. Clearly this agents reason for existence is to attack the very nation that granted him the RIGHT to speak and do all the evil things that would tear it apart. That’s evil.

Arm up and carry on


i think we will see the second act of the civil war , im almost 70 and am sure it will be in my life time


RJL – erosion of our Constitutional Rights ‘with’ due process – via an over reaching bureaucracy creating ‘rules’ – not laws, ain’t exactly a good thing either.


This is the face of American fascism. This clown has worked his entire career in gumming and out of gummint to attack liberty. The federal bureaucracy is full of little Eichmann’s like this. Be very aware and beware. These clowns think they can silently flip us in to an authoritarian state from within gummint. And in many cases they are right. Most American will roll over like puppies. For those of us who love liberty and Love our God over all the answer must simply be NO. Stand firm.

Get Out

Write your representatives and tell them you do not support this guy for confirmation.


This guy is on the list, whether or not he is confirmed.

Roland T. Gunner

Every time some form of gun control comes up for debate at the Federal level, the false flag campaign ramps up.

Arizona Don

A ban or restrictive gun law(s) on any gun has “never” reduced crime if anything it has increased crime. For anyone who does not yet understand that those kinds of laws take guns out of ONLY law abiding citizens hands but “not” the criminals (outlaws) hands. People who do not obey laws will not start obeying them just because they are gun laws passed by the federal legislature and signed into law by a president. That also holds true for state governments as well. When are the American politicians going to learn that? What the hell is the matter with Rubio and Scott that they… Read more »


How about the pressure cooker fad? In training on how to spot a terrorist or something suspicious, I learned that Ted Kazinsky was really quite intelligent how he went about hurting the specific people he wanted and staying hidden. His own brother didn’t even know what he was doing until he read his manifesto. I guess for Ted it was open mouth and insert foot. England has a law that if you walk the street with a knife that the blade has to be blunt on the end and I think there is a length restriction too. Some of America… Read more »

Roland T. Gunner

I am not convinced the Left does not have a hand in planning and carrying out some of, if not most of, the high profile mass shootings. How? I dont know. I can speculate MK Ultra, or something similar; maybe some means and method totally different.

Elisa Delaurenti

They’re not even pretending to hide their diabolical schemes any more. They don’t need to. The media jesters and “educators” are conspiring with and covering for them all. Gaslighting anyone who calls them out.


Elisa – they haven’t ever really been hiding their end game -provided people are/were paying attention to their schemes. I figured it out over 50 years ago and I make no claims to being the sharpest marble in the bag 😉
What they ARE doing is being more blatantly in your face obvious about it, assisted by the lame stream media.


Thanks for the laugh. I’m tired of all the serious stuff all the time. I always heard sharpest knife or pencil in the box. I like yours better. LOL

Last edited 1 year ago by musicman44mag

Shitman looks like he smashed his face into his windshield. What an UGLY turd. That aside…we need to remember the picture of him as a younger tyrant standing over the burned remains of a CHURCH where 17 little children were burned to death and who knows how many adults over we don’t know what to this day. People like him should have been tried and executed LONG ago. I can hardly wait for him to be the head of the UNCONSTITUTIONAL club for PSYCHOPATHIC control freaks called the “ATF”.


I don’t know how Ammoland missed one of the most important responses that this idiot made. When asked probably the 8th time what is your definition of an assault weapon his response was, “anything that takes a magazine and is a caliber bigger than a 22″. THIS IS THE RESPONSE THAT HAS THE MOST EFFECT ON OUR RIGHTS FOR ALL KINDS OF GUNS, HIS COMMENT WAS NOT MADE FOR JUST THE AR-15. It amazes me that this guy didn’t get a fully auto M4 carbine when he was on the swat team when our regular police have them locked in… Read more »


Anti-Constitutionalist=Anti-American=Enemy of the United States of America. Tired of the Socialist/Democratic/Marxist/Communist’s and their power grabs…


mm – you are correct regarding his waffling. He conflated ‘assault weapon’ with ‘assault rifle’ That specific term was ‘coined’ by hitler back in ’43/44 (sturmgewehr) and does have a military and legal definition. The ‘scary’ term is ‘assault weapon’ – intentionally created* to confuse and scare people. I’m sure you already knew that but we need to keep pointing out the facts. Notice that chip man said that one of them is whatever CONgress decides it to be, just like several states have done via bureaucratic legerdemain. *that term originated with either Art Agnos or Josh Sugarmann, regardless the… Read more »


Hit scroll down to “Current members of Congress” set the drop down to your state and -call- your Senators. Like an ambassador of an important civil right; explain using simple and polite terms why Mr. Chipman is not the best candidate to head the (highly funded) federal agency that regulates our civil right.


Total waste of my time as I live in a deep Blue state. But thanks for playing.


@s: I oft disagree with your comments. However, on this, I 1000% AGREE!! From the “Free State(?)”.


My sentiments exactly said the orgone-ian.



Country Boy

Chipman is wetting his pants to be the Head Nazi In Charge of the BATFE and his hero is British General Gage
If he manages to be voted in, he’ll be the one starts the 2nd American Revolution.


When in the course of human events…


Well, if he succeeds, he’s going to be in for a real shock when we show him what happens when tyrants try to take our guns. I’m not going to comply and, I’m sure most of you won’t either. Then, it will be time to “refresh” the Tree of Liberty.


We have a long way to go from where we are now.



Maybe the second idiot, the biggest one is already in the white house.