President Joe Biden has made it clear that he intends to pursue an anti-gun agenda while in office, and his nomination of David Chipman to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) continued that trend.
There appears to be a wrinkle in that plan, however. According to Breitbart, a group of former ATF agents is speaking out against his confirmation.
“A divisive gun control agenda”
In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, seven former colleagues of Chipman described him as an arrogant bully with a “troubling tendency to think he’s always right.”
According to The Reload, the ex-agents went on to argue that Chipman’s “strong personal beliefs” about gun control would cause problems within the bureau.
“Unfortunately, if David were confirmed, ATF partners would see someone who is coming to the agency with his top priority being to implement a divisive gun control agenda,” the letter asserted.
According to the critics, “putting David in charge of ATF would be like asking a small business owner to lead a Fortune 500 company,” making him “the least qualified individual to lead the agency in its history.”
For his part, Chipman has made no secret for his desire to see the Second Amendment significantly restricted, even declaring that free speech is a “frustrating” obstacle to his pursuit of gun control.
“Extensively vetted for the role”
As recently as last year, Chipman mocked first-time gun owners, essentially writing them off as doomsday preppers. Thus far, he has struggled to advance through the nomination process as his critics cite radical political views as particularly concerning.
The White House, however, maintains that Biden is “confident” in the nominee. His fate is still uncertain, as Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-IA) noted in light of the testimony from Chipman’s former colleagues.
According to Fox News, in a recent statement on the matter, Grassley explained: “The concerns raised by these former agents are serious and very relevant to the committee’s and the Senate’s consideration of Mr. Chipman’s nomination. I stand by our request for another hearing and more information. Full transparency is what’s needed.”
Meanwhile, Chipman’s nomination is receiving ringing endorsements from a number of prominent Democrats.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (D-IL), for example, called Chipman “well-qualified” and “extensively vetted for the role.”