David Chipman is the most radically anti-gun figure to be nominated to lead the ATF. And as gun rights supporters fight his confirmation, an unlikely source gave them some positive news. This week, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, who declared this week that Chipman has “a lot of issues” as Biden’s ATF pick.
The “issues” Chipman has, in Durbin’s eyes, are his radical positions that could prevent him from being confirmed.
Durbin is on board with Chipman’s gun-grabbing agenda, but he realizes that a number of Senate Democrats, namely Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Jon Tester (D-MT), will likely face problems with re-election if they vote to confirm Chipman.
According to Politico, Sen. Durbin stated that the votes for Chipman are “not where we want it yet, but there’s always a chance.”
Chipman is virtually certain to receive zero support from Republicans, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) calling him an “anti-gun extremist,” and the most likely Republican to back Chipman, Susan Collins (R-ME) attacking him for making statements that “demean law-abiding gun owners.”
Collins is likely referring to a recent interview where Chipman likened gun owners to “Tiger King,” and told them that if they are waiting for zombie invasion, they should hide their gun “behind the cans of tuna and beef jerky that you’ve stored in the cabinet.”
The last time an ATF Director nominee was cofirmed was 2013, when the Senate confirmed B. Todd Jones. Durbin cites that fact for his troubles.
“Members understand this is a highly controversial position,” Durbin said Monday. “It has been left vacant because Republicans and Democrats couldn’t find someone to fill the slot so it’s no wonder that we’re having some difficulty with it.”
If gun owners continue to make their voices heard, David Chipman is likely to be shot down as ATF Director, which would be a huge blow to the Biden Administration, and the anti-gun lobby as a whole.