Attorneys general from 20 states across the country sent a letter to the Senate to reject David Chipman — Joe Biden’s nominee to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) — for his affiliations with gun control organizations.
The AGs said Chipman’s confirmation “is an attack on that right and on the millions of law-abiding gun owners across the country.”
“The Second Amendment is the cornerstone of the Bill of Rights,” it guarantees our natural God-given right to defend our lives, our families, our property, and our freedom,” states the missive addressed to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senator Chuck Grassley and Senator Dick Durbin.
The Republican attorneys general, led by Montana’s Austin Knudsen, asserted that Chipman is “unfit” to lead the ATF because of his “extreme positions on commonly owned firearms” and his involvement in “anti-gun organizations.”
In addition to Montana, the other states represented in the letter were Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.
A few days before the Republican letter, 17 Democratic attorneys general wrote in favor of Chipman’s nomination. The letter stated that he is “uniquely qualified” for the position and knows the agency “inside and out,” according to The Hill.
This is not the first time Republican leaders have spoken out against Chipman’s nomination to the ATF. Last May 4, dozens of House Republicans signed a letter to the Senate.
“If confirmed, David Chipman would use every tool at his disposal to attack American gun owners and we respectfully ask you to oppose any and all action that would advance his confirmation in the Senate,” the letter says.