Anti-Gun ATF Nominee Chipman Will Not Go Quietly

David Chipman
David Chipman is a gun-control extremist. IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -( Disgraced Biden nominee to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), David Chipman, seems determined to prove his detractors correct. After he was withdrawn for consideration for the post, he began a campaign of trying to shift the blame of his failure to be confirmed from his abysmal record to others; including his sponsor.

First came an email fundraiser from Giffords, the anti-gun organization to which he returned after his nomination imploded. In a plea for funds that carries Chipman’s name, he blames NRA and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) for his failure.

Of course, it is true that both organizations campaigned against this particularly poor nomination, and NRA made no secret of our being pleased when Biden abandoned his ATF nominee. Chipman ultimately failed, however, because enough senators were convinced that it would be outrageous to put a man so devoted to demonizing law-abiding gun owners, gun manufacturers, and federally licensed firearms dealers in a position of authority over them.

Chipman’s message begging for money claims he was the victim of “an unfounded and false disinformation campaign,” but NRA’s efforts were focused on simply reporting what the gun control lobbyist had actually said and done. We reported about his stated support for banning firearms. We reported on his work as a salesman for a product that others (not us) have referred to as “useless, expensive, racist technology.” We reported he had failed to disclose some pretty significant information to the Senate about an interview he did with a Chinese state-run network, CCTV, and broadcast by CGTN (China Global Television Network) America – a network described as “an arm of China’s propaganda machine… controlled by the Communist Party.”

None of this is in question, so it is hard to imagine how he could describe it as “an unfounded and false disinformation campaign.”

But rather than accept that the Senate wisely rejected an avowed anti-gun lobbyist with a questionable past as head of ATF, Chipman’s email message was one of shifting blame and utter arrogance. He even implied law-abiding gun manufacturers are inherently “corrupt,” and tried to glorify his renewed, paid lobbying gig with Giffords by trying to claim his “work is risky.”

The only risk involved in returning to being a shill for the gun-ban movement is that it may again come up, at some time in the future, if he ever wants another government gig.

But Chipman didn’t stop with trying to deflect the blame of his self-made rejection by the Senate with his Giffords fundraising email.

In a recent interview with The New York Times, Chipman tried to also blame the man who nominated him by criticizing the Biden Administration. When commenting on how he perceived the Biden strategy for confirming his nomination, he said, “This was a failure.”

Ironically, Chipman actually implied that Biden nominating an anti-gun activist, such as himself, was a brash, unprecedented, in-your-face type of a decision, calling it a “gangster move.” If that’s the case, then it really should not have come as much surprise that the move might fail.

After that “gangster move” of nominating someone to head ATF who is so confrontational to gun owners and manufacturers, however, Chipman claims he never heard from the White House. This, the article states, “left him feeling alone, on ‘an island.’” He also “questioned the administration’s willingness to execute a coordinated strategy to get him through the Senate.”

Along with denigrating the efforts of the Biden Administration to get such a weak, deeply flawed nominee across the finish line, Chipman also tried to blame a photo. After his nomination, the Daily Mail ran a photo and story that erroneously tied Chipman to the tragic events at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, in 1993.

The photo was quickly proven to not be Chipman, and any actual link he had to the events in Waco were shown to be simply as an investigator who showed up long after the tragedy had unfolded. This “controversy” quickly faded, and was completely overtaken by the various controversies and allegations previously mentioned, along with Chipman’s own disastrous testimony before the Senate.

But Chipman, lacking any semblance of self-awareness, appears fixated on the issue of the photo. In spite of the mountains of evidence indicating he was uniquely disqualified to head the ATF, he seemed to place the issue of the photo near the top of the list for what led to his rejection.

Ultimately, Chipman’s delusional account of his rejected nomination helps explain why he and the Biden Administration failed at putting an anti-gun activist at the helm of the ATF. Neither has the ability to “read the room,” and both, especially Chipman, lack any sense of accountability or understanding how their own words and actions influence how others perceive them.

Law-abiding Americans from every demographic have been buying firearms for personal protection at a record pace for more than a year, and public support for gun control has been falling rapidly. The majority of Americans simply do not share the Chipman/Biden view that law-abiding gun owners should be punished and have their rights restricted, or eliminated, for the acts of violent criminals.

The Times piece closes with Chipman’s personal account of how he felt after leaving a meeting with US Senator Angus King, an independent from Maine who caucuses with the Democrats.

“I left his office thinking, ‘Does he really believe that people who regulate industries can only get those jobs if they’re friends with the industry?’” Chipman said. “He said the quiet part out loud.”

In the real world, nobody insists that a nominee to head the ATF, or any other federal regulatory agency, be “friends with the industry.” What they do expect, however, is someone who does not consider law-abiding gun owners and firearm manufacturers to be adversaries, as Chipman clearly does. Senator King even made this clear, as the Times refers to a letter he sent to his constituents explaining he could not support Chipman because he felt the nominee “could not be ‘a fair and objective regulator.’”

Clearly, Chipman’s history of lobbying against the Second Amendment should have automatically disqualified him from heading ATF. His childish response of blaming others for being rejected should be proof that he also lacked the temperament to head a federal agency. Chipman being Chipman, we expect him to volunteer more evidence in the future that his failed nomination was the correct outcome for all who support our right to keep and bear arms.

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Henry Bowman

I wonder how many Americans are wishing they could return the favor to Waco Dave, gas him in his home and burn it down like he did to over 85 people, including 17 children and two newborns.

I know that would be a poetic way to both get justice & shut him up!


I’m glad he’s not heading the ATF because he has shown how biased he is against the 2nd Amendment. But he was not at Waco until well after the ATF bungled the search warrant service and the ultimate fiery deaths of all those poor people. You might want to read the article.

Henry Bowman

Like I would take the lying word of the NRA and their sycophants… Chipman WAS there, just not for the original raid. Also, there was NO post-inferno investigation, only a cover-up.

Henry Bowman

Thanks for beating me to the punch saying exactly what I would have. NRA has for over 20 years now taken credit for all the actual 2A victories that other orgs have been doing since NRA does nothing…
And the fudds running Ammoland are polishing Wayne’s knob with all the free NRA publicity while almost totally censoring all the great 2A work going on at FPC, GOA and SAF.

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NRA was started by 4 Union SOUL-diers. NRA has always been a Chameleon Deep State asset created to mask itself as a protector of the people. Metaphor similar to the Shepard who guards the flock but when you encrypt the Roman Catholic Masonic cipher code your are able to see the Shepard & Wolf work together since Constantine of Rome. Twistory is written by scribes they pay. NRA got found out again….Tje way out is back in the original Constitution that’s been hi-jacked long ago & exploited by the EL-ite & greedy who look the other way. Morally & spiritually… Read more »


Spot on. Well stated.

Country Boy

ROFL he’s upset because the right used the Waco picture /same tactics that the left used against POTUS Trump. Hey Chipman, what goes around comes around. Chipman, BIOYA


He doesn’t need to go quietly. Like all tyrants, he needs to go out with a bang.


More Iike a snap. or….a crunch.


True, although I disagree with that pretense. The conversation I had with a Native American (Born Again Christian) I once worked with, was that one should not be cremated. God could not find your body if it was ashes, he said. I still disagree with that.


Good grief, he was being facetious. Could you be any more of a boring pill?


Sure could, but I’d have a long way to go to catch up with you. I am just a Piker compared to you numbnut.




I must have gotten to you a while back. Why don’t you figure out where it stings the most and ask mommy to kiss it and make it better.


Yours already did. She says hi. I think…

Roland T. Gunner

Chipman needs to leave the national stage before he gets carried off it in a pine box.


The domestic enemies of liberty will never go quietly in to the ash heap of history. So is the case with this little Eichmann. He must be pushed along with his clan in to said ash heap. Chipman is disqualified for public service for one simple reason.He detests and subverts the very Constitution he must swear to uphold. His clan is committed to destroying the documents and the reality of individual liberty. He needs to pack up his clan and move to Cuba where he will fit right in. Have a happy day on your way.


Why do the media and even Ammoland keep referring to Gifford’s organization as if it were started and operated by Gabby Gifford when she’s brain damaged and incapable of all but limited cognitive processes? Her husband (Mark Kelly) founded and runs the organization and used his wife just like Sara Brady used Jim Brady to bolster his own PR and get him elected to the Senate at his wife’s expense. The media and Ammoland also fails to mention that Mark Kelly was and is one of the Senators who would vote to approve “Dufus Joe’s” nominees and the fact that… Read more »

Roland T. Gunner

Mark Kelly is a scumbag, and proof they dont make astronauts like they used to. Remember the female astronaut stalker driving across the country in her diaper?


Nazi Joseph Goebells would be in awe of Chipman. Accuse the other side that which you are guilty of yourself.

It’s detonating & imploding now finally:

Popes Swiss Guards Resign Over VaXXines


guess a pope that was educated as Hitler youth is never going to be anything but a power monger, wrong guy for the job like chimpman

Roland T. Gunner

This pope is a leftist idiot.


Correct his fate is already pre-destined. Your born into that secret society & it’s how Shadow Governments rule by secrecy. They promote from with or by favors of career success once your indoctrinated into a Fraternity or member of secret society. They always employ people a little bit dumber & less financially fluid to ensure the puppet stays intact. Blackmail – extort – exploit are the other means to control that puppet. Resonate today ? Just like Clear & Present Danger script by Tom Clancy told us all when Jack Ryan nailed the NSA director for being dirty. “You got… Read more »


Democratic/Socialist/Nazi, enough said…


The wider problem here, and one not just restricted to the Federal workforce, is that people like Chipman, and those of his ilk, continue to get promoted throughout their careers to where they are eventually “qualified” for this level of nomination. One has to wonder how his rise through the ranks was apparently so noncontroversial to his supervisors who should have known better – and actually probably did.


Long story short, we need to keep an eye on this Snake in the Grass.


“In a plea for funds that carries Chipman’s name, he blames NRA and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) for his failure.” Sounds like he is singing the praises of those organizations. Would make a great fund raising video spot for their advertisements.


NRA & NSSF are Vichy gun groups. Recent NSSF piece on Ammoland referred to ATF as “our partners”.

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