Conservative Action Project Comes Out Swinging Against Chipman

David Chipman’s nomination to head the ATF just attracted some powerful opposition. (Screen snip, YouTube, Sen. Mike Lee)

U.S.A.-( The Washington D.C.-based Conservative Action Project (CAP) came out swinging against the nomination of David Chipman, the former federal agent-turned-gun control advocate, to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, stating “He has a long history of misconstruing key details of how firearms work, and has laid out an aggressive anti-gun ownership platform.”

In a “Memo for the Movement” signed by nearly 100 prominent conservatives and Second Amendment advocates led by former Attorney General Edwin Meese III, the group is telling the U.S. Senate to reject the nomination of gun control extremist David Chipman.”

Also among those signing the memorandum are Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.), executive vice president of the Family Research Council; Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness; L. Brent Bozell, founder and president of the Media Research Center; Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation; Kathleen A. Patten, president and CEO of American Target Advertising, Inc.; David N. Bossie, president of Citizens United; Terry Schilling, president of the American Principles Project; Tim Macy, chairman of Gun Owners of America; Martha Boneta, president at Vote America First, and Dawn Wildman, director of policy for the Coalition for Policy Reform, and dozens of others.

The full list reads like a Who’s Who of conservative politics and Second Amendment activism.

Gottlieb, who also chairs the grassroots Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, told AmmoLand News that this memo, with all the signatures, is “a major development.”

The CAP memorandum pulls no punches.

“Conservatives join with Second Amendment advocates in strongly opposing David Chipman to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF),” the message states.

“A former ATF special agent, Chipman currently serves as a senior policy advisor to a pro-gun control lobbying group. He has a long history of misconstruing key details of how firearms work, and has laid out an aggressive anti-gun ownership platform.”

“Critically, it is unclear whether Chipman fully understands the technical details of firearms and the firearm markets he so eagerly looks to regulate. In 2018, Chipman argued in favor of subjecting all AR-15s and potentially all semi-automatic rifles to regulation under the National Firearms Act – a hugely punitive taxation and regulation measure on the country’s most popular rifle, hugely difficult to implement and police.

“In his recent confirmation hearing, Chipman reasserted his support for mass confiscation of semi-automatic rifles – especially troubling considering that, when asked by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) to define a semi-automatic assault rifle, his answer would cover every single modern sporting rifle in America today.

“Though Chipman walked back the claim in his confirmation hearing, he has previously advocated for arresting prospective gun purchasers in gun stores following a failed background check – regardless of whether or not the prospective purchaser has done anything wrong. This is a highly dubious proposal given a Department of Justice report from 2011, which found the “false positive” denial rate for background checks was roughly 95 percent.

“Chipman has also made false claims about both the nature and intent of firearms suppressors, as well as falsely stating in front of Congress that the American gun market is ‘flooded’ with ‘foreign made ARs.’

“David Chipman is a gun control extremist whose views on firearms and the Second Amendment are wildly out of step with constitutional interpretation and widely held social norms. It is clear that Chipman intends to use the position as Director of the ATF to further an aggressive anti-gun agenda, rather than implement the law as written. The Senate must oppose his nomination.”

According to The Hill, Chipman “is facing intense opposition from gun rights groups that are pushing key senators to reject his nomination.”

The Capitol Hill newspaper explained that “pro-gun organizations are protesting his nomination over his support for stricter gun laws and previous work as a policy adviser for Giffords, a gun control group.” Those organizations, the article added, “are now focused on moderates who could swing the outcome, namely Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.),Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.).”

In an article blasting Chipman for his answers during his May hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the National Rifle Association asserted the nominee “worked to obscure the woeful record of the 1994 Clinton ‘assault weapons’ ban.” Chipman, according to NRA, “described the data regarding the ban’s efficacy as ‘mixed.’”

“In truth,” NRA said in the article, “the Clinton semi-auto ban was a failure that even the federal government has acknowledged as ineffective.”

“The evidence is clear,” the article concluded, “banning commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms and their accessories doesn’t work. Chipman and the broader gun control movement’s continued advocacy for a failed policy measure reveals that their political project isn’t motivated by a desire for ‘gun safety,’ reducing violence, or ‘public health,’ but rather a religious passion for civilian disarmament.”

If the Senate rejects Chipman’s nomination, it will be a major defeat for the Biden administration and a setback for Joe Biden’s gun control agenda. Throughout his political career, Biden has never been a friend of the Second Amendment, and his nomination of Chipman is seen by many in the firearms community as a deliberate attempt to pick a fight with gun owners.

In a statement to the media last month, Gottlieb observed, “Out of all the potential candidates to lead the agency, Joe Biden has picked the one individual whose nomination was guaranteed to ignite a political firestorm. At this point, it is fair to question why the president has done this. It looks like the president wants to put the gun prohibition lobby in charge of firearms regulation and enforcement.”


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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It looks to me like the president is most definitely trying to send us into a civil war, and turn us into a tyrannical country, because that is exactly what is going to happen, “NOBODY” is going to give up their modern firearms or any firearms to Chipman or anybody else for that matter, like the saying goes “COME AND TAKE IT”.


Moron couldn’t run a Koo-aid stand. Listen to him. Hey, Chipmunk: “Shall NOT be infringed”.


Two reason they do what they do and ignore us. First is the missing militia from the first 13 words of the 2nd amendment ignored since 1903 because of the Dick Act. 2nd is their ability to create money out of thin air to pay for all kinds of unconstitutional activity. We need our state militas back in force and operating and we need our money back so we are the controllers of the monetary system and not some unelected international bankers. Constitutional Sheriffs can also start aposse and everyone in the county can be a member all armed with… Read more »

Roland T. Gunner

Problem is, here in Hood County, TX, at least, where the sheriff is a local good ole’ boy politician with no police experience before being elected; is that he would see an armed and appointed militia as a legal liability, so would never create one. We could not even get him to make our neighborhood watch participants unpaid, part time deputies, most of whom are LEOs or retired LEOs with far more experience than the sheriff.


Recall.Replace. Lather rinse repeat until you get a constituitonal Cheif Law Enforcement OFficer in place.


Bottom line: Chipman, like most progressives, cannot take the oath of office requiring that they support and defend the Constitution. Progressive view the Constitution as a dead letter. The answer is plain for all to see. Chipman is not fit for public service.


I disagree. I think he could make a great dog catchers since he should know what one looks like by looking in the mirror.

Roland T. Gunner

Come on now, dont disparage our heroic dog catchers, they do their part to make America great.


Sorry, Lion, but he’s not even suitable forTHAT position. He’d be soon enough coming into people’s backyards and taking dogs that are quielty resting in the sun, claiming they have some characteristic that makes them “daynjrus” enough to be baned. No dog would be safe if he were National Dog Catcher for even a week.

He SHOULD be put to work filling an orange onesey for his crimes at Waco and other places.


chimp-man should be in a cell for waco murder has no statute of limitations, there was NO care taken to protect the children makes them all guilty, plenty of soldiers were tried for wiping out villages in a war zone why not fbi and atf?????


Chipman…….he just looks evil!!

Roland T. Gunner

He looks like too much Appalachian inbreeding.


LMAO, I was thinking to myself he looks like a dickhead and then scroll down and read your comment!!


Looks more like a dick with ears to me!


If this lipless Chipman asshole ends up somehow getting confirmed, it would be wise to invest in businesses that manufacture the Gadsden Flag. Every conservative will be flying one.


Dave, Senator Cotton never used the the term “assault rifle” let alone the non-sequitur “semi-automatic assault rifle.” Cotton always used “assault weapon” and correctly labeled it as a made up term to make the AR platform sound scary. Chipman’s response to Cotton’s question “what is an assault weapon” was first “whatever congress defines it as” and later that the ATF has defined an “assault rifle” as any semi-automatic rifle larger than cal. .22 which accepts a detachable magazine. That would include your grand-dad’s (most of your readers great-grandfather’s) Winchester model 1905. As we both know, an “assault rifle” fires an… Read more »


Dave – DIY is spot on – far too many ostensibly on ‘our’ side tend to use ‘assault weapon’ interchangeably with “assault rifle” – if we get ‘confused’, can you imagine how easy it is to manipulate non-gun folks into demonizing EBRs among other things gun related (like “gun deaths’ or ;gun violence’)? Never mind supposed ‘experts’ who use such terms as ‘fully semi-automatic’ (insert eyeroll). We have to be very careful in our use of technical terms lest we muddy the waters even more than the antis do.


you gots wunna them “fully semi-automatic” things too? Kewl.
I gots me a couple fully bolt action rifles. And one that’s only a semi-bolt action rifle (just yank the thing straight back then forward again no twisting necessary). But those fully bolt action long guns are FAR morepowerful and FAR longer range with tenring accuracy than ANY AR platform fully semiautomatic rifle ever was.

These bow zoes just throw scary sounding terms around to make the ignorati think they know something. BUT they are very dangerous.


This nomination did NOT spring from wihtin Unka Joay himself. Nope. This is from his string pullers, the ones behind the curtain we are not supposed to see.

I fear that when the Chipmonk nomination os withdrawn or rejected, Dopey Joey’s handlers will trot out another wny, by sharm contrast, will cause far too many to heave a big sigh of relief, and quickly be nominated and approved. But that one will be almost as dangerous as Chipmonk. Just more subtle, and without the long public track record.


SHALL NOT be infringed means, you try, you dle.

American Cynic

The only saving grace is that David Chipman does not make any effort to hide his ignorance of the facts, nor does he attempt to hide his views concerning firearms. Clearly, as director of the ATF he would act as an activist and not as an enforcer of the law. “NO” to David Chipman.


Lots of disparaging comments regarding this person’s looks – but very few regarding his elitist mentality. THAT is a whole lot more concerning than what he looks like His oft stated totalitarian goals are what we should be focusing on.


All that came out of Waco, was scum, and this clown managed to float to the to the top as a pick for the SCUM PARTY ( DEMO-RAT PARTY ) that is in the White House!!!!!!!! Like Waco and other assaults by the ATF, most that were investigated was a Whitewash to cover their Butts, and nobody got any JAIL TIME!!!!!!!!!!! CONTROL is all they want and to disarm all of us!!!!! CHIPMONK should not be accepted to the ATF!!!!!!!!!


You really picked a great frame for the picture to post with your fine article.