White House pulls Biden nominee Chipman to lead ATF firearms agency


By Jarrett Renshaw and Jeff Mason, Sarah N. Lynch, Reuters

Sep 9, 2021


WASHINGTON, Sept 9 (Reuters) - The White House has withdrawn President Joe Biden's nomination of gun control advocate David Chipman to head the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to three people with knowledge of the decision.


Chipman had faced strong Republican opposition in the Senate, undermining his chances of winning confirmation in a chamber only narrowly controlled by Biden's fellow Democrats. Republicans generally oppose gun control measures.


Biden has called U.S. gun violence a "national embarrassment" but Congress has failed to pass new firearms measures favored by many Americans.


The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the nomination's withdrawal. Chipman now is expected to be offered a different position in the administration, though it is unclear what role it would be and whether or not he would accept it, one of the sources said...