Chipman has faced a slew of criticism since his nomination earlier this year and has received bipartisan backlash of his gun control advocacy.
The opposition has held up the process for Chipman’s confirmation and now, two people familiar with the decision
‘David Chipman is an unhinged gun-grabber,’ Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton tweeted on Thursday. ‘His defeat is a win for the Constitution—and a crushing loss for Joe Biden.’
Joe Biden is preparing this week to withdraw David Chipman as the nominee to head the ATF
Arizona Republican Representative Andy Biggs tweeted: ‘Radical anti-gun nominee for the ATF David Chipman has been stopped. This is why we fight!’
Chipman worked at ATF for more than 20 years. He now works as a senior policy advisor at Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a role that has, in part, led to the widespread opposition to his confirmation.
The center is led by former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords who resigned after she was shot in the head in an assassination attempt outside of Tucson during an event with constituents in January 2011.
Biden’s nomination of Chipman, a gun control advocate, was likely part of a larger effort to curb the rise in gun violence in the U.S.
A series of missteps have also helped lead Chipman’s nomination off course – including failing to disclose to Congress an interview he did with Chinese state run media that was potentially used as propaganda to cover up a mass stabbing of children in China’s Henan Province.
He was also slammed by Republicans when he botched the definition of assault rifle and dodged questions during a confirmation hearing about whether he would investigate and take action against Hunter Biden ‘lying’ on his background check to obtain a firearm.