Gun Owners Must Stop (Another) Anti-Gun ATF Nominee

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from humiliated Biden nominee David Chipman. That is, of course, a good thing. IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -( It’s been a while since we’ve heard from humiliated Biden nominee David Chipman. That is, of course, a good thing. After the anti-gun lobbyist was withdrawn as Biden’s nominee to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) last year, he popped upoccasionally, to blame others for his failure to convince enough U.S. Senators that he was little more than a gun ban proponent who was likely to abuse the office of ATF Director to harass the firearms industry and law-abiding gun owners.

Now that a new nominee for Director of ATF has been announced, the folks at the Daily Beast, an online tabloid, thought it might be a good idea to see what Chipman had to say.

To nobody’s surprise, he still sounds bitter.

He seemed to complain about the difference between the announcement of his own nomination, and that of the new nominee, Steve Dettelbach, noting that Dettelbach was able to speak when Biden officially announced his nomination. He indicated that was good, then added, “That’s not how they played it with me.”

Chipman also pointed out that the current administration has made a “strategic move” that could help with the Dettelbach nomination. He seemed to applaud the demotion of the acting director of ATF, Marvin Richardson, who has over 30 years of service with ATF.

Despite Richardson’s long service, he has been cast aside for a devoted gun control advocate. Steve Dettelbach would likely be an adversary for a lawful industry, which was also a major concern for several senators with Chipman’s nomination. As U.S. Senator Angus King—an independent from Maine who caucuses with the Democrats—mentioned in a letter to his constituents, the senator could not support Chipman because he felt the nominee “could not be ‘a fair and objective regulator.’”

As an added emphasis to Chipman’s inability to be “a fair and objective regulator,” he was recently interviewed for, where he was asked to comment about the Biden administration’s efforts to deal with violent crime. Part of his response included referring to the gun industry as “villains,” and implying that the industry doesn’t care about violent crime, because “gun violence is just really profitable.”

Forget being “fair and objective;” it sounds like Chipman wants all gun manufacturers out of business, or behind bars.

Chipman’s most recent outburst is an excellent reminder for why NRA members and other gun owners’ efforts to scuttle his nomination were so important. NRA-ILA went all in on stopping Chipman’s nomination, spending $3 million on a campaign that included television and digital ads, dozens of town halls, hundreds of thousands of pieces of mail, millions of total voter contacts, and a direct lobbying campaign aimed at informing senators that Chipman’s record disqualified him from serving as ATF director.

As we’ve already noted, Dettelbach appears to be just as anti-gun as Chipman. He has endorsed gun bans, restrictions on lawful firearms transfers, and further expansion of prohibitions on who can lawfully possess a firearm. Perhaps the only difference between the two is Chipman once worked for anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s astroturf gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety, while Dettelbach was “only” endorsed by it when he ran a failed campaign to become Ohio’s Attorney General.

Ultimately, rejecting the latest anti-gun Biden nominee to head ATF will be just as important as the last. It seems unlikely the president’s handlers will ever decide it is no longer politically advantageous to keep trying to placate fringe, anti-gun extremists with virulently anti-gun nominees to head the ATF. Although their views are out of step with most Americans when it comes to promoting more gun control, the Biden regime seems to value the support of gun-ban proponents—or simply doesn’t want to feel their wrath. They have been rather testylately. One even recently gave Biden a D+ for his efforts.

Once again, it will be up to gun owners to make clear that a failed anti-gun politician has no more place at the head of the ATF than a failed anti-gun lobbyist. Please contact your U.S. Senators using the link below, and respectfully encourage them to oppose Dettelbach’s nomination.


About NRA-ILA:

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess, and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit:

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Maybe Wayne could ask law enforcement to stop working against the interests of “civilian” firearm owners:

“The president of the Major County Sheriffs of America, Sheriff Dennis Lemma, sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee leaders to express his association’s support of Steve Dettelbach to lead the ATF.”


Thank you for your service Dennis!

“A U.S. Marine Corps veteran and graduate of the FBI Academy, Sheriff Lemma holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and master’s degree in administrative leadership.”


You vampires ever stop to think if Lucky (La)Pierre Co didn’t pocket $1B every few yrs Dems wouldn’t have 50+Kamala Sutra?

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There’s something fishy going on when I attempt to enter my PX#. Forget it….


To understand delusional clowns like Chipman you need to understand his belief system down to its tap root. That system, the Progressive New Left is a hybrid ideology composed of classical progressive ideas like the rejection of our founding principles and the contempt for human life. Combine that toxic mix with cultural Marxism and you have a toxic ideology devoid of any Judeo-Chrisitan morals and ethics but loaded up with contempt for the individual and love for the power of the state. And that is where we are today. The Progressive New Left hijacked the once-Democratic Party and turned it… Read more »

Happy Everafter

For the cushy prize of ‘AFT’ director, the commies parade Bloomberg funded fanatic after Bloomberg funded fanatic in front of America, and while honest folks spend time and re$ources deflating that effort, the ‘AFT’ continues to operate, infringing on our rights at the direction of the commies. Win-win for the commies.
Not to worry, under the ‘federalization’ of America, the Capitol police can take over the governance of the American sheep and use the ‘AFT’ to infringe on any 2A promotions….


Of course “gun violence is just really profitable.” Why else would much of what Democrats do is in support of criminals, gangs, and cartels.


i’ve already sent out emails to every republican member of the senate judiciary committee and my two senators.