Judiciary Delays Chipman Vote; 2A Activists Flood Capitol Switchboards

A vote on the nomination of David Chipman to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been delayed until Thursday, June 24 by the Senate Judiciary Committee. (Screen snip, YouTube, Sen. Mike Lee)

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- The Senate Judiciary Committee has delayed voting on the nomination of retired federal agent-turned-gun control advocate David Chipman one week, until Thursday, June 24, and during that time, grassroots Second Amendment activists are expected to be flooding Capitol Hill with messages of opposition.

“Between now and next Thursday,” suggested Jason Ouimet, executive director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, “(gun owners) ought to be contacting their Senators. They don’t want a partisan person like David Chipman running ATF.”

Ouimet spoke with AmmoLand News via telephone, expressing alarm that a nominee with Chipman’s background would be considered for the job of running the government’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. NRA has opposed the Chipman nomination from the beginning, stating, “Chipman has a long history of gun control advocacy that disqualifies him from leading the agency charged with enforcing federal gun laws.”

“The person who runs ATF ought to be somebody who can put politics aside, work with industry, gun owners and law enforcement,” Ouimet said.

Chipman, however, has worked for the gun prohibition lobby in the years since retiring from the ATF, which is responsible for enforcing the nation’s federal gun control laws.

Ouimet indicted calls to the Capitol have been heavy, and he said NRA has been concentrating attention on senators in certain states.

Earlier this week, Gun Owners of America provided an online avenue to oppose Chipman’s nomination. At the same time, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms offered the Capitol switchboard telephone number (202) 224-3121 for gun owners who prefer making a personal call to the offices of their two senators.

Ouimet suggested placing calls and sending messages specifically to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The committee’s direct line is (202) 224-7703:



Messages for Committee Chairman Dick Durbin could also be called directly to his office at (202) 224-2152, and Ranking Member Sen. Chuck Grassley at (202) 224-3744.

The Senate will break for a couple of weeks in late June through July 12, Ouimet noted. During that period, when senators are at home meeting with constituents, grassroots activists can set up face-to-face meetings or attend “town hall” gatherings. Watch your local newspaper for information on such events.

Quimet expects a solid party-line vote in the Judiciary Committee, which is evenly divided with 11 members from each side of the aisle. It is when, or if, the nomination gets to the full Senate where each vote will hang in the balance, and a tie would be decided by Democrat Kamala Harris, in her role as president of the Senate.

Adding to the drama, Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene this week introduced H.R. 3960, which would abolish the ATF. Text of the legislation was not available when AmmoLand News checked on the measure Friday online.

In a statement quoted by the Washington Examiner, Greene observed, “The ATF’s unconstitutional war on gun owners and our Second Amendment rights must end.”


About Dave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com 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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Not fit for public service. How can a diehard progressive like Chipman take an oath to support and defend the Constitution when he is one of those ‘domestic’ enemies of the Constitution specifically named in that oath? Answer is, of course, like all progressives he can put his hand on the Bible because like the Constitution, he thinks the Bible is a dead letter. Hypocrisy is a weak word for this kind of malfeasance.

Last edited 1 year ago by nrringlee

nr – you nailed it – he has already violated his oath (that never expires BTW) – by becoming a petty partisan hack, probably on numerous occasions. Never mind that he is an elitist who WILL force his ‘values’ on all of the rest of us. IOW he’s a tyrant wannabe.
I’ve been trying to come up with a comparable analogy – best I can come up with would be nominating kermit gosnell as surgeon general.


If they had the votes they wouldn’t be delaying it.


FYI: I am NOT an “activist”! I am a CONSERNED American Citizen who does NOT want to have ANOTHER — CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT — INFRINGED upon or limited. According to OUR American Constitution, these RULES AND REGULATIONS were WRITTEN to LIMIT GOVERNMENTAL ACTIONS, NOT the RIGHTS of American Citizens!
Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene: THANK YOU! The FACT of the AFT/ATF acting as Congress IS UNLAWFUL! ALL of these ILLEGAL INFRINGEMENTS upon Legal Law Abiding American Citizens MUST COME TO AN END!!!!!!!

Ryben Flynn

Message sent to Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.


Ugh, he’s awful. Almost as bad as my Senator the Fudd John Cornyn.


You mean the Queen of Carolina?


I have not seen one picture of this guy where he does not look like a dickhead that wants to stomp on American rights! He looks pissed at the world and his normal relaxed face muscles make the biggest sad face I have ever seen. ☹ I don’t know if there is a term opposite of BitchFace, but I will create it now and say he has DickFace!


I think that is his wife in the background. She has a look on her face too, what of the lower portion you can see, as though she just had a turd dipped in lemon juice in her mouth.

Nun Ya

Good name for him because he looks like he’s inspected more than a couple up close, if not gone all the way.


Haven’t you heard another more deadly strain of Covid is on the rise. l doubt there will be many townhall meetings. lol Their new go to excuse.


Flood Schumer’s email and office also; you will not get a response but these racist demorats only understand overwhelming numbers.

Separately, while a “snapshot” is limited in what can be determined, there are so many “snapshots” of Chipman in an exaggerated seemingly manic state, I think for his own good a member of Congress should “red flag” him to MPD.


The only ‘overwhelming numbers’ the Dumbocrats understand is CA$H.


What a load of bull. “Lobbying” entrenched committed enemies in safe districts is a complete waste of time & energy that could be spent doing something productive. Gives the enemy a good laugh & the comfort of knowing our side is feckless and stupid. Might was well put on dunce cap before “flooding” Schmucky’s office with naggy pleading and lecturing.

uncle dudley

If congress is on a break can’t the president make an appointment to fill a empty office thus not needing a congressional vote, seems that has been the way in the past of how some were put in place, I hope I’m wrong on this.

Ryben Flynn

“In the United States, a recess appointment is an appointment by the president of a federal official when the U.S. Senate is in recess. … Appointments made during a recess must be confirmed by the Senate by the end of the next session of Congress, or the appointment expires.” “August recess starts the second week of the month and runs through the full week of Labor Day, which is Sept. 6.” Even if the Judiciary Committee votes to send his nomination to the full Senate, they can delay the vote until after the recess allowing biden to appoint him during… Read more »

Miserable Wretch

Thanks for the committee list. I’ll head to twitter and put moves on these mothers.


I strongly suggest calling this phone number. Yes, it takes time. But, they consider the human voice and telephone contact so much more (in terms of political activism) than electronic communication (Twittless, Farcebook, etc). Call them regardless of where you are. If anyone gives you the “You’re not in my district, so I don’t represent you” line, you tell them that you’ll be watching very closely in the next four years. Eventually, they’ll be up for re-election and have an opponent. And you’ll contribute heartily to their opponent’s campaign. You may be out of their district, but you can support… Read more »