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Giffords Law Center Senior Policy Advisor David Chipman (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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From the CCRKBA . . .

The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today the withdrawal of anti-gun lobbyist David Chipman’s nomination to head the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is “a victory for gun rights and a much-deserved defeat for the gun prohibition lobby and Joe Biden.”

“I want to thank every gun owner and concerned voter who contacted their Senators and helped us stop this dangerous nominee from being confirmed,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “This is a great grassroots victory for the Second Amendment. Gun rights lobby 1, Biden gun ban lobby zero!”

Immediately following Chipman’s nomination, Gottlieb said it had the smell of political patronage to the Giffords gun control lobbying group. He also accurately portrayed the nomination as a declaration of war on gun owners’ rights.

“We predicted Joe Biden’s pick would ignite a political firestorm, and it did,” Gottlieb recalled. “The president has been so wrong on so many issues, and the Chipman nomination ranks right up there as one of Biden’s monumental failures.

“We’re proud of the grassroots effort to defeat this foolish Biden scheme to put an acknowledged extremist gun ban advocate in charge of ATF,” he continued. “We’re also impressed by Senate Republicans who were steadfast in their resolve to prevent this nomination from moving forward. This is a major defeat for the billionaire elitists who bankroll the gun prohibition movement.

“Four months ago,” Gottlieb summarized, “Joe Biden picked a fight not only with America’s law-abiding gun owners, he picked a fight with a Constitutional right. He lost. We can only hope he will learn a lesson from this and that he leaves the Second Amendment alone.”


With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms ( is one of the nation’s premier gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States.

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  1. To quote Sheriff Bart (Blazing Saddles), “Hold the happiness folks!” Chipman’s nomination has been withdrawn but nothing is stopping China Joe from appointing him as interim or acting. Same results, different methodology.

    By the way, you said, ““The president has been so wrong on so many issues,” It should read, ““The president has been so wrong on every issue,”. Fixed that for you.
    You’re welcome

    • Someone said in another article that ATF acting directors have to be current ATF executive level staff. Chipman is neither. Unless orders are handed down on high for his immediate executive employment and then appointment as acting director.

    • Chipman can’t be appointed as acting unless the Senate goes out of session. The Senate has perpetually been in session for years to prevent recess appointments. The last one was in 2012 by Obama.

  2. You all know this was just another trial balloon, right? If they succeeded, great, if not they have someone just as evil waiting in the wings! That’s what they do.

  3. This is just a short term victory. It is going to be a long 3 more years for them to push through their anti-2nd Amendment agenda if we don’t take back the House in 2022. Still a small battle won for us and many more years to go. Hopefully, we can hold onto the filibuster in the Senate.

  4. Dictionaries need to display that photo of Chipman’s round mouth and johnson jacking hand gesture under the definition c0ck$ucker.

  5. The administration withdrawing Chipman’s nomination is a victory — but it’s really a small (and temporary) victory in what will certainly be a long war.

    Even calling it a victory assumes that the administration really expected to get Chipman confirmed — which personally I doubt — my guess is that they would have loved to get Chipman but didn’t really expect to. His name was simply the first offer in the negotiation.

    The Chipman nomination is basically the same tactic that the anti-gun politicians have used to get so many infringing laws onto the books:
    Step 1. Get some strident clown to propose a bill that includes the whole anti-gun wish list.
    Step 2. Both sides fight about it (with the major players on both sides using it to drive their fund raising campaigns until the money starts to dry up).
    Step 3. When everyone is tired of fighting, the anti-gun side offers a “bipartisan compromise” that includes everything they really wanted. GOA says Hell No; NRA says “Not Quite” — everybody sends out appeals for more money
    Step 4. When the money really starts to dry up the anti-gun side gives in one some small point and the NRA declares the amended bill to be the best compromise we can get. GOA still says Hell No, but all the RINOs and purple state ‘Republicans’ flock to sign on for the Bipartisan Compromise that the NRA has said is OK.

    Lather, Rinse, Repeat.

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