The Biden Administration has nominated former ATF agent and Giffords anti-gun activist, David Chipman, to be Director of the ATF. Chipman was an ATF agent for 25 years from 1988 to 2012, including serving as a case agent in the aftermath of the Waco siege.
After leaving the ATF, Chipman immediately began his anti-gun activism for Bloomberg-founded Mayors Against Illegal Guns where he advocated for “assault weapon” bans, magazine capacity restrictions, and upholding the NFA. Since 2016 Chipman has been been a Senior Policy Advisor for Giffords anti-gun campaign.
In 2019 he told a U.S. House committee that “Simply reinstating the 90s-era ban on assault weapons is not enough...Instead, we should regulate a broader class of firearms, including assault weapons manufactured before the law's enactment...while banning the future manufacture and sale of these firearms."
Chipman has also strongly argued for bans or restrictions on so-called “ghost guns” targeting an American tradition of home gunsmithing. Meanwhile, he has the audacity to call himself a “proud and responsible gun owner.”