Report: Chipman Nomination ‘Stuck in Limbo’ as Biden, Dems Target 2A

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ATF nominee David Chipman’s nomination may be “stuck in limbo” as the Senate isn’t taking any action so far following a Judiciary Committee deadlock. IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A.-( Joe Biden has a problem with gun control, and not the least part of his trouble is a report in Politico stating that “his pick to oversee the nation’s firearm regulations is stuck in limbo in the Senate.”

The nomination of gun control proponent David Chipman, now working as a senior policy advisor to the Giffords gun prohibition lobbying group, deadlocked in the Senate Judiciary Committee on an 11-11 vote, and it may take some parliamentary maneuvering to move the nomination to the Senate floor for consideration. Politico noted the Senate must vote to discharge the nomination, but currently, some Democrats reportedly have not made up their minds. The lineup includes Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va), Angus King (I-Maine), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Jon Tester (D-MT).

Tester needs to read the political winds considering the scathing Op-Ed Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen authored last month in the Great Falls Tribune. Right up front, Knudsen, a Republican, was brutally direct, calling Chipman’s nomination “an attack on (the Second Amendment) and on the hundreds of thousands of law-abiding gun owners in Montana – and the U.S. Senate must vote against his confirmation.”

“Our state has one of the highest rates of gun ownership in the nation,” Knudsen wrote. “Far beyond a hobby or even passion, firearms are a part of our heritage and everyday life. We use them to hunt, protect livestock, and provide peace of mind when law enforcement may be miles away. Mr. Chipman has a long history of involvement with and lobbying for organizations whose mission is to diminish the Second Amendment.”

Chipman’s nomination might move to the front burner any time, though with the Senate calendar showing lots of time off this month, it might not, either.

With this as a backdrop, Biden on Monday huddled with mayors from Washington, D.C., and San Jose, Calif., and police chiefs from Chicago, Memphis, Wilmington, N.C. and Newark, N.J., along with Attorney General Merrick Garland, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco, White House counsel Dana Remus and Susan Rice, his domestic policy adviser.

Their concern is the rising homicide count in major cities across the country. As noted by the Washington Examiner, “Democrats are blaming gun violence while Republicans take aim at a crime wave they argue has been unleashed by defunding or disrespecting the police in liberal cities.”

An attempt by the Biden White House to blame Republicans for the “defund police” effort blew up in the administration’s collective face, earning “three Pinocchios” from the Washington Post Fact Checker for the claim, which is tantamount to calling it lie.

Fox News reported that Biden’s scheme includes the creation of “five new strike forces” by the Justice Department. Their job is to “crackdown on illegal gun trafficking” that allegedly is supplying guns to cities in New York and in California’s Bay Area. The strike forces, according to Fox, will also target gun trafficking in Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. All of those areas have strict gun control laws.

But gun control failures have never deterred Democrats in the past.

There is also a hint of hypocrisy in this move, considering that officials in these and other cities have supported so-called “sanctuary” mandates that prevent local law enforcement from cooperating with federal law enforcement when it comes to illegal immigration. Cooperation is only important when it applies to gun control.

As noted by the Washington Examiner, “Gun control is one way Democrats plan to fight back, putting Republicans on the defensive about what they describe as ‘common-sense gun reforms.’ President Joe Biden has called for a crackdown on ‘ghost guns’ and the reinstatement of the assault weapons ban, which he helped pass as part of the now-controversial 1994 crime bill during his Senate tenure but which has since lapsed.”

Then there is the political reality, also mentioned by the Washington Examiner.

“Even gun control proposals that poll well nationally, such as tighter background checks, have in the past done more to motivate gun owners to turn out in the midterm elections,” the newspaper observed. “This was the case after the assault weapons ban passed and Republicans picked up 52 House seats and eight Senate seats in 1994.”

Democrats haven’t entirely forgotten 1994 when they lost not only the House but then-House Speaker Tom Foley (D-WA), who successfully ran as a pro-gun Democrat for several terms in his Eastern Washington district.

“The Democrats are mounting an all-out assault on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans,” said Chris Hartline, a spokesperson for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, according to the Politico article. “The NRSC will certainly be closely watching which Democrats stand up for their constituents and which Democrats continue to take their orders from Chuck Schumer, Bernie Sanders and the radicals that run today’s Democrat Party.”

Biden promised to make gun control a priority in his administration. However, in the process he has declared open war on the rights of gun owners and is attempting to install a man at the head of the country’s firearms enforcement agency who is demonstrably anti-gun.

There does not appear to be a happy ending to this drama.


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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So they plan on making a federal strike force to enforce state laws but lose their minds when state governments try and enforce federal immigration laws that the federal government seem to be unable or doesn’t want to enforce.

Green Mtn. Boy

“Chipman Nomination ‘Stuck in Limbo’”
He and his nomination should be flushed down the toilet, they both belong with all the other sewer creatures.

uncle dudley

We don’t have a gun problem in the U.S. we have a criminal problem yet the democrats won’t say what it is, last year in the Atlanta area there was over 800 handguns reported stolen from vehicles.
Two things happened the owners didn’t have their firearms secured and a criminal now has a gun to use or sell for some fast money.
Chipman is an anti-gunner and has no place in the government let alone in charge of anything let alone the ATF.


We don’t prosecute those who commit the crimes, illegals included. It’s a revolving door thanks to soros paid for AG’s. You’re not prosecuted unless you are an unarmed “insurrectionist” from Jan 6; which by far was worse than the civil war and the slave holding KKK democrats.

Is it me or does Chippy look like weird blow up doll.

Roland T. Gunner

I dont know about you, but when I envision an inflatable rubber friend, I think of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue…

Big George

Not forgetting losing a gun in a bathroom, huh Davey Chipmunk?! He really should learn to pinch it off sooner!

Roland T. Gunner

Leaving a firearm in a locked vehicle IS securing the firearm. A gun owner is not responsible for a burglar and thief’s criminal conduct.


This administration is one FUBAR after another, striving for a Castro government in this country. Damned republicans need to get serious. All that money I sent them last year and they blew it.

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If the Democrats and Progressives manage to get Chipman confirmed then they will need to STFU if a future Republican President nominates an NRA/GOA/FPC/SAF lobbyist for the position. If the Democrats feel it is acceptable for them to make the position a partisan political job then it will be fair game for Republicans and Conservatives as well.

Dogma Factor

Keep calling the US Senate switch board at (202) 224-3121 If we keep the pressure on high the nomination may never make it to the floor for a vote. Biden / Schumer are desperately trying to line up all 50 democrats but can’t make the vote yet. That’s why Schumer keeps delaying the floor vote.


This gun control effort by the Biden Administration is going to be a never ending war against the 2nd Amendment. We MUST vote and get our like minded friends to vote. 2020 and 2024 will be very important for America’s future.


Well I wasn’t logged in but after your comment I just had to in order to give you and all the others a thumbs up: 🙂


that is too much of the truth. create reason for more government

Roland T. Gunner

Happy ending? How about repealing NFA, GCA and Hughes, and enforcing 2A on the Government, as written?