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Biden's planned pick for ATF director a fierce advocate for gun control

April 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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David Chipman, President Joe Biden's planned nominee for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, has a long history at the agency and sports credentials in gun control advocacy sure to excite firearm safety groups.

Washington (CNN)David Chipman, President Joe Biden's planned nominee for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, has a long history at the agency and sports credentials in gun control advocacy sure to excite firearm safety groups.

If confirmed, Chipman will lead the agency that enforces gun laws at a critical point in Biden's early tenure, as the President looks to take fresh action on the issue in the wake of two deadly shootings last month.

After leaving the ATF in 2012, Chipman became a senior adviser at Everytown for Gun Safety, where he was "consulted frequently" by lawmakers considering gun control legislation, according to his Linkedin.

"As a former ATF special agent with more than 24 years of experience at the bureau, I know all too well how serious our gun violence problem is and how desperately the agency lacks for the law enforcement tools that are necessary to help curb this national epidemic," Chipman wrote in a 2013 Politico op-ed.

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