The firearms industry is stepping up its fight to block President Joe Biden’s anti-gun pick to lead the ATF, turning the heat on two key fence-sitting senators.
For the first time in its 60-year history, the top industry group is expanding its lobbying efforts with its first TV ad, which targets David Chipman, nominated as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
“Joe Biden wants David Chipman to lead the ATF so he can ban guns,” said the ad from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, shared with Secrets.
It is to run in Maine and West Virginia, home to two senators who haven’t made up their minds on Chipman, Sens. Angus King and Joe Manchin.
Chipman’s nomination has faced an intense backlash from the industry and groups that are aligned with consumers, such as the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America.
In expanding its efforts, NSSF is weighing in on behalf of the industry. “This is monumental for NSSF and it speaks to the importance the firearm industry places on protecting the 342,330 jobs and $63.5 billion economic impact this industry provides,” said Lawrence Keane, NSSF senior vice president and general counsel.
“David Chipman’s nomination is clearly a move to politicize the ATF. Voters in key states reject his nomination and those senators have been advised of those polls by NSSF. We are now taking our opposition to the public to remind their senators that Chipman’s nomination is a threat to jobs, revenue, and not the least — the ability of law-abiding citizens to exercise their God-given Second Amendment rights,” he added, in a statement.
The administration feels that Chipman is the perfect candidate. A former ATF official, he was an executive with the Giffords gun control group and has spoken out for gun control and mocked gun owners.
Biden has a history of gun bans, helping push through the 1994 bill to ban the AR-15.
In a fact sheet, NSSF highlighted some of the more flamboyant attacks Chipman has leveled at gun owners.
“Chipman’s hostility for gun owners is well-documented. He ridiculed the over 8.4 million first-time gun buyers in 2020, comparing them to ‘Tiger King’ and mocked new gun owners by encouraging them to empty their guns and, ‘Hide it behind the cans of tuna and beef jerky that you’ve stored in the cabinet and only bring that out if the zombies start to appear,’” said NSSF.
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