Biden talked real tough during his speech highlighting new regulations and mandates in his quest to turn America into Australia. However, on the same day his administration was dealt a huge blow.
The White House has been forced to drop David Chipman as the nominee to run the ATF. Chipman was a fierce gun control advocate that was planning on attempting numerous gun restrictions if appointed. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called Chipman an “anti-gun extremist,” said Republicans would not vote for him, and demanded Biden withdraw the nomination.
It was all over when Senator Angus King (I-Maine) – who usually votes with the Democrats – told the White House he would not support Chipman. Moderate Democratic senators including Joe Manchin from West Virginia and Jon Tester of Montana wouldn’t give Biden their support either.
Chipman was so radical during his hearing he almost didn’t make it out of committee.
During his confirmation hearing, Senate Republicans pressed Chipman over a recent interview in which he said new gun owners who have no training should only bring their guns out “if the zombies start to appear.” The nominee responded that the comments were “self-deprecating.”
The committee deadlocked on the nomination along party lines, which would have forced the Senate to vote to discharge him.
Senators on both sides were concerned when Chipman tried to redefine the term rifle.
Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark) asked Chipman, “You have called for an assault weapons ban. I have a simple question for you: What is an assault weapon?”
“Senator,” Chipman answered, “an assault weapon would be, in the context of the question you asked, what Congress defines it as.”
“So you’re asking us to ban assault weapons,” Cotton answered. “We have to write legislation. Can you tell me, what is an assault weapon? How would you define it if you were the head of the ATF? How have you defined it over the last several years in your role as a gun control advocate?”
Chipman claimed the ATF defines an assault rifle as, “any semi-automatic rifle capable of accepting a detachable magazine above the caliber of .22, which would include a .223, which is, you know largely the AR-15 round.”
“So you believe that every weapon that takes a detachable magazine, that can take a .22 round — or 5.56 in military parlance — should be defined as an assault weapon?” Cotton countered.
Chipman stumbled and Cotton repeated the question.
“A detachable magazine that takes a .556 or .22 round should be defined as an assault weapon?”
“Senator, you asked me if ATF had used this term, and I was sharing with you my knowledge of a program in which ATF has defined this term,” Chipman responded.
“I’m amazed that might be the definition of assault weapon,” Cotton said. “That would basically cover every single modern sporting rifle in America today.”
You can watch the exchange below:
President Biden’s ATF nominee is eager to ban basically every single modern sporting rifle in America today. pic.twitter.com/iFrCUS6GYW
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) May 26, 2021