Biden ATF Nominee Confirms He Supports Banning America’s Most Popular Rifle

(Patriot Insider) – Those in favor of banning firearms are typically the ones who don’t have a clue what they’re talking about when it comes to guns.

Joe Biden’s Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) nominee David Chipman is no exception.

During his Senate Confirmation hearing Wednesday, Chipman admitted that he supports the ban of America’s favorite rifle, the AR-15.

Chipman, a former ATF agent who was involved in the 1993 Waco siege, responded to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) by saying, “With respect to the AR-15, I support a ban, as has been presented in a Senate bill and supported by the president.”

This was after Cruz stated, “The AR-15 is one of if not the most popular rifle in America. It’s not a machine gun, it’s a rifle,” and then asking, “Your public position is you want to ban AR-15s, is that correct?”

Chipman claims that the AR-15 is “particularly lethal” and that’s the reason he would like to ban it, though he never offered any kind of further evidence or opinion as to why exactly the AR-15 is “particularly lethal.”

“The AR-15 is the gun I was issued at ATF’s SWAT team, and it’s a particularly lethal weapon and regulating it as other particularly lethal weapons, I have advocated for,” he said.

Chipman further asserted that if confirmed he would “enforce the laws on the books” which do not currently contain any bans on AR-15s. It’s clear, however, that his and Biden’s agenda include banning such weapons.

According to a report by The Federalist, Chipman has previously called for an ban on “assault weapons” in 2019 and previously worked for a group that is planning for the ban on “assault weapons” as well as some firearms magazines.

Republican Senators did not take kindly to Chipman’s sentiments. Sen. Chuck Grassley suggested that putting Chipman in the top position at the ATF would be like “putting Antifa in charge of the Portland Police Department.”

“Day to day, ATF plays a significant role in the legal trade of firearms in this country. Many see putting a committed gun control proponent like Mr. Chipman in charge of ATF as like putting a tobacco executive in charge of the Department of Health and Human Services, or Antifa in charge of the Portland Police Department,” Grassley commented.

While Sen. Tom Cotton questioned Chipman on how exactly he defines an “assault weapon,” to which Chipman gave an embarrassing response.

“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 responded and then pressing again, “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 then claimed that the ATF defines it 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.”

Essentially Chipman wants to ban rifles in America. The left uses broad, difficult to define terminology like “assault weapons” to strike fear into those who tend to agree with bans on guns but that don’t really mean anything specific.

When the time comes for the bans they can be as broad and as sweeping as the anti-gun zealots want them to be.

Chipman is a major threat to Americans’ Second Amendment rights but considering Joe Biden nominated him, that should come as no surprise.

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