The NSSF: Chipman Defeat Isn’t the End

By Larry Keane

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Although Chipman won’t lead the ATF, there’s still work to be done. IMG iStock-Ilya-Burdun-1204890463

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- The White House’s announcement last week that President Joe Biden was withdrawing the nomination of David Chipman for Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) was a victory for the firearm industry and gun owners in general. However, it’s not the end of the Biden gun control agenda. Not by a long shot.

Chipman was certainly not a qualified candidate to lead the 5,000-person agency. He is a gun control lobbyist who previously testified before Congress demanding bans on Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs), enacting age-based gun bans, and advocated for national firearm transfer delay periods. Chipman had other issues. He denigrated first-time gun buyers as apocalypse zombie preppers and Tiger King, and allegations of racially-tinged remarks made toward other ATF agents surfaced after his confirmation hearing.

Just because Chipman’s not in the running for the ATF job doesn’t mean he’s done. Nor does it mean anyone should expect The White House to give up on its gun control agenda. It’s important to remember what the Biden administration has already put into motion, what they vowed to do, and what gun control is demanding. This is also the first year of the Biden administration. There are still more than three years before voters will have an opportunity to demand a president that respects gun rights.

Another Nominee

White House spokesperson Jen Psaki didn’t offer a timeframe but told reporters the Biden administration isn’t planning on leaving the ATF director’s position in the hands of an acting director. “We certainly would at an appropriate time,” Psaki said. There will be another nominee, it’s just unknown who or when.

Politico reported that The White House’s Domestic Policy Council and Office of Public Engagement were calling gun control allies to break the news of Chipman’s nomination withdrawal and was uncommitted to naming a new nominee. The report said Biden administration officials never worked on a Plan B, assuming they wouldn’t face opposition from Democratic senators, including Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), who caucuses with Democrats. It was ultimately Sen. King who wasn’t swayed by The White House, sinking Chipman’s nomination.

NSSF agrees the bureau needs a confirmed director and NSSF has supported ATF director nominations in the past, including President George W. Bush’s nominee Michael Sullivan, President Barack Obama’s ATF Director B. Todd Jones, and President Donald Trump’s nominee Chuck Canterbury. NSSF wants to see a director who will service the ATF’s mission faithfully of administrating federal firearm regulations and proper oversight of the firearm industry. Chipman wasn’t that person. He would have been gun control’s inside man.

Gun Control Official

Chipman isn’t necessarily out in the cold, either. Politico reported the Department of Justice (DOJ) is considering creating a senior advisor role for Chipman, meaning he is still on President Biden’s radar to advance his gun control agenda. Gun control groups are still demanding President Biden create a Cabinet-level office headed by an advisor that doesn’t require Senate confirmation.

That’s not a new item, but one that’s gained newfound support from gun control advocates. Guns Down America, March for Our Lives, Newtown Action Alliance and Survivors Empowered were looking to meet with White House officials to press for such an office. For now, The White House says it’s not in the cards.

“We have an office in the White House on gun policy, which is the Domestic Policy Council,” a White House aide told Politico. They reported that White House staffers, “are working every day on gun violence, and have made this a top priority, so we feel like we do have an office working on gun violence.”

Fighting Infringements

President Biden already has other gun control initiatives in motion. The public comment period ended for two DOJ-initiated ATF proposed rules; one to redefine frames and receivers and another to reclassify brace-equipped AR-pistols as short barrel rifles. Both have the potential to upend the firearm industry and seriously infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. NSSF submitted comments on both proposals (frames and receivers comments can be found here and brace comments can be found here), pointing out the ATF lacks the authority to change definitions and classifications without Congressional approval. The proposed rules would create a new criminal offense and only Congress has the authority to define federal crimes.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), also announced that the health agency was taking a renewed interest in addressing firearms. To be sure, the CDC never stopped studying guns. They’ve never been barred, despite gun control advocates’ claims. The CDC just can’t use gun studies to advocate for gun control measures. Dr. Walensky said she’s interested in bringing in gun owners to be part of the CDC’s discussions, but that sincerity is dubious. The firearm industry has proven efforts in the Real Solutions campaign, that have been cited by the National Safety Council and the Government Accountability Office for their efficacy. So far, the phone call from the CDC hasn’t come in. NSSF is ready to discuss efforts to make communities safer, so long as the rights of law-abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights are respected.

The Biden administration doesn’t seem interested in that though. Chipman’s nomination was evident of that. Even though his nomination isn’t on the table any longer, he’s still being considered for an administration role and other control efforts that violate Second Amendment rights are in motion. The withdrawal of Chipman’s nomination isn’t the end. There is still work to be done.


About The National Shooting Sports Foundation

NSSF is the trade association for the firearm industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearm retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations, and publishers nationwide. For more information, visit nssf.org

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UncleT
UncleT
9 days ago

Maybe, if the NSSF start actually fighting to disbanded the unconstitutional ATF instead of supporting or not supporting their new directors we wouldn’t have to worry about anyone leading them to enforce unconstitutional edicts from them.

loveaduck
loveaduck
9 days ago
Reply to  UncleT

A dead issue for now.

swmft
swmft
9 days ago

they dont want to study mental health problems,as the all have them!

RJL
RJL
10 days ago

Time to Crush these Bastards, period…

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
10 days ago

To Biden,
There IS NO SUCH THING as GUN VIOLENCE!
Inanimate objects can do NOTHING by themselves!
It ALWAYS takes a living being WANTON to do harm to others!!!
It takes a LIVING BEING to OBTAIN, LOAD, CARRY, POINT and pull a trigger!!!!!
VIOLENCE IS an ACTION that is ALWAYS DONE BY LIVING BEINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

StLPro2A
StLPro2A
9 days ago
Reply to  Laddyboy

It’s DEFECTIVE CITIZEN VIOLENCE……brought to us largely by Libturd dysfunctional families begun by the Johnson Administration…..Good-bye Fathers; Hello Baby Daddies.

Jaque
Jaque
10 days ago

If Biden and his comrades all took an oath to defend and obey the Constition, how is it they can work against that same Constitution and the Americans who excercise their rights under that Constition ?

Those in government who work against the 2nd Amendment therefore violate their oath and are unfit to hold their jobs, Biden and the ATF included.

Ammoland might consider having a Constitional Lawyer on the payroll to address these questions and all others readers pose about the law. It would be of great benefit to readers.

APG member
APG member
10 days ago
Reply to  Jaque

They consider it a “formality”, and as no Law Enforcers will hold them accountable the corruption continues…

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
10 days ago
Reply to  Jaque

,
If you speak of the devil, he may appear!
There is no punishment for breaking one’s oath to support and defend the Constitution.
Politicians and beaucrats know that they can pass bills and rules that offend the Constitution and get away with it until the S. Ct. catches up to them (e.g. the feds have gotten away with enforcing the the National Firearms Act since 1934.).
I have a really good white paper on this, but what are you offering in payment?

USMC0351Grunt
USMC0351Grunt
10 days ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

For EVERY law on the books, there is a penalty for violating that law.

The fourth federal law, 18 U.S.C. 1918 provides penalties for violation of oath office described in 5 U.S.C. 7311 which include: (1) removal from office and; (2) confinement or a fine. The definition of “ advocate ” is further specified in Executive Order 10450 which for the purposes of enforcement supplements 5 U.S.C. 7311.
Violation of Oath of Office and Walker v Members of Congresshttp://www.foavc.org/01page/Articles/Violation of Oath of Office and Walker v Members o…

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
10 days ago
Reply to  USMC0351Grunt

@Grunt,
Well, I’ll be go ta hell! Good info, thanks!
poof

Oldman
Oldman
9 days ago
Reply to  Jaque

All this talk about Biden? We all know he’s not pulling any strings. Who is it? Maybe Clinton and/or Obama? Maybe China, that has all the goods on him, and he has to cowtow to or lose his life? Get real. He is always hours late for his scheduled speeches and announcements while they shooot him up with amphetamine? He is an empty shell.

Autsin Miller III
Autsin Miller III
10 days ago

The next bozo Biden puts up will be Beto!

Happy Everafter
Happy Everafter
9 days ago

I want to ‘LIKE’ your post but I really ‘HATE’ the thought of that….