(WatchDogReport.org) – One might expect the leader of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) would have a healthy respect for the Second Amendment. It seems President Joe Biden wasn’t concerned about that when he chose his nominee for the agency.
On Wednesday, May 26, ATF nominee David Chipman went before the Senate for his confirmation hearing. During the questioning from lawmakers, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) grilled him about his personal beliefs. He managed to get Chipman to admit he wants to ban AR-15s.
Sen. Ted Cruz to Biden ATF nominee David Chipman: "You mean that you don't just want to ban the manufacture of those rifles. You don't just want to make it illegal to sell those rifles, but you want to actively have government go after the people who currently possess firearms." pic.twitter.com/uuJDf8br0w
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) May 26, 2021
Cruz also asked Chipman what the definition of an “assault rifle” was in his opinion. The nominee responded that its “any semi-automatic rifle capable of accepting a detachable magazine above the caliber of .22, which would include the .223 which is largely the AR-15 round.” That is a VERY broad definition that could include many more firearms than just the AR-15. So, the ATF nominee supports a ban on multiple types of guns.
His responses were truly disturbing, but completely unsurprising. Biden has made it very clear that he doesn’t respect the Second Amendment and, apparently, he’s putting people with a similar point of view in power.
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