David Chipman, Biden’s nominee for the ATF, tells Ted Cruz that he supports an AR-15 gun ban.
President Joe Biden’s nominee to oversee the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), David Chipman, told legislators on Wednesday that he supports banning AR-15 assault guns.
Chipman’s prior remarks calling for gun regulation were criticized by Republican senators at his confirmation hearing before a Senate subcommittee.
“In America, the AR-15 is one of, if not the most popular firearm. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) stated, “It’s not a machine gun, it’s a rifle.” “Is it correct that your public position is that you want to prohibit AR-15s?”
WATCH: Sen. Ted Cruz convinces ATF Director nominee David Chipman, who is nominated by Joe Biden, to admit that he wants to outlaw the AR-15, America’s most popular firearm.
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Chipman began by thanking Cruz for “offering me a Dr. Pepper” the day before during a private meeting. After that, he moved on to the assault weapon.
“In terms of the AR-15, I support a ban, as proposed in a Senate measure and endorsed by the president,” the candidate stated. “The AR-15 is a gun I was issued on ATF’s SWAT squad, and it is a highly lethal weapon, and I have campaigned for regulating it in the same way that I have pushed for other very lethal weapons.”
“As ATF director, if confirmed, I would simply implement the rules on the books, and there is now no such prohibition on those guns,” Chipman stated.
Chipman was a special agent for the ATF for almost two decades. During his time at the bureau, he responded to the bombing of the World Trade Center in New York City in 1993, and the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 that killed 168 people.
Chipman became an advocate for gun violence prevention after retiring from the agency in 2012. He’s voiced support for limiting high-capacity magazines and bans on assault weapons.
In an editorial he wrote for The Roanoke Times last year, Chipman said he was a “proud gun owner” who is sometimes mischaracterized as a “gun grabber.” He also noted that he supports gun reforms that would help “save lives,” but wouldn’t take guns away from. This is a brief summary.